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Tech and data key to transforming the travel trade

Singapore

THE tourism industry can use technology to sharpen marketing efforts, refresh tourism products and transform business processes for greater productivity, Trade and Industry minister S Iswaran said.

"Data, and our ability to harness this resource, is going to be a defining feature of how we go forward," he said in a speech at the annual Tourism Industry Conference.

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One-stop tourism resource platform for businesses launched

Small businesses hoping to get a share of the tourist dollar now have an easier way to grow their reach through a new online platform that allows them to share their content with a broader audience, or use resources from it to improve their own services .

The Tourism Information and Service Hub, launched yesterday by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), will provide a one-stop tourism resource ...more

Singapore 3rd most expensive in Asia for business travel in 2017

Singapore

SINGAPORE emerged in joint third position with Seoul in a ranking of the most expensive Asian locations for business travel last year, going by research published by data company ECA International on Tuesday.

Lee Quane, Asia regional director at ECA International, said the latest ranking reflected the increasing average cost of a business trip to Singapore.

In 2016, ...more

Asia's largest cruise liner to be based in S'pore for 6 months from 2019

Asia's largest cruise vessel, Quantum of the Seas, will call Singapore home for six months next year to tap the growing cruise market here.

It will be Royal Caribbean International's longest deployment to Singapore for a quantum class liner.

To be based here from November next year until April 2020, the liner will undertake 34 sailings - to and from Penang, Kuala Lumpur, Phuket, ...more

Tourists, businesses cheer as Singapore Flyer reopens

The Singapore Flyer reopened for business yesterday following a two-month hiatus.

The 10-year-old attraction was forced to suspend operations after a "technical issue" on Jan 25 required all 61 passengers on board to be brought to the ground.

It is understood that the problem was traced to a glitch in the mechanism that allows the wheel to rotate. Located at the base of the wheel, ...more

More growth expected in tourism this year after a bumper 2017

Singapore

AFTER yet another milestone year in 2017, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is betting on further growth, its optimism underpinned by an improving global economy and rising travel demand in the Asia-Pacific.

Tourism receipts are slated to grow by between 1 and 3 per cent to hit S$27.1 billion to S$27.6 billion this year. The number of visitor arrivals may edge up by 1 to ...more

Tourism players ready to ride wave of China visitors

Players in the Singapore tourism industry have been gearing up for a slice of the Chinese tourist pie, as China became the largest source of visitors here for the first time last year.

Chinese visitors were also the biggest tourist spenders here last year, for the third year running.

InterContinental Singapore general manager Michael Martin said that since 2015, the hotel has made ...more

Don't trip up over business travel

ONE of the main growth strategies for booming SMEs is to venture overseas - a particularly important process for firms looking to outgrow Singapore's lean consumer base. Local SMEs are increasingly keen on overseas expansion.

Many are actively seeking assistance - 80 per cent of the 99,000 cases who received help in overseas expansion from International Enterprise (IE) Singapore are SMEs.

For ...more

Tender to operate Singapore Expo launched

A change of management for the Singapore Expo Convention and Exhibition Centre may be on the cards by the end of the year, with the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) calling for proposals for the management and operation of Singapore's largest exhibition venue.

A public tender was launched on Dec 6. The 20-year contract for the facility has been held by Singex Venues since 1999 but will expire ...more
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