EbeneNews – AU – Businesses cautiously optimistic about some tourists returning next year


    Singapore businesses and attractions that were once magnets for foreign tourists are cautiously optimistic that leisure travel will see a slight uptick next year

    But, although encouraged by government initiatives to strike air travel deals with like-minded countries, many believe a significant rebound is still far away

    They are also worried about placing excessive hopes on the recent air bubble pact with Hong Kong

    Last Thursday, Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung announced the bilateral agreement, which allows people to travel between the two locations without travel restrictions or the need for quarantine, subject to conditions, including a negative test for Covid-19

    M Ong called the move a small but important step for both aviation hubs, adding that it was a model for other such partnerships to revive air transport.

    M Steven Ler, president of the National Association of Travel Agents of Singapore, said the pact had « instilled hope » for a surge in leisure travel, which dampened demand

    « However, we predict that international leisure travel will take longer to rebound due to the volatile pandemic situation, the complexity of government regulations, mandatory quarantines and the high possibility of rapidly changing policies « , he added

    M Raphael Lim, marketing manager for Tall Ship Adventures, whose Royal Albatross of Sentosa offers luxury food cruises, said the number of tourists will depend on the rest of the world

    He said: « (The agreement with Hong Kong) is good news and will certainly help, but it is not just about Singapore, but also other countries The situation is unpredictable »

    Citing the example of intermittent shutdowns in Malaysia, he said the company hardly expected a full comeback anytime soon and instead focused on attracting locals with a new dinner menu

    Others have cited the state of mind of tourists as one of the factors that will determine the fate of the industry

    Said M Lawrence Koh, general manager of the iFly Singapore indoor skydiving tunnel, where 70% of the clientele is made up of tourists: « We believe that the rebound will be gradual from the second half of next year Many will observe how things go before resuming their travel activities as before « 

    According to him, the travel bubble will not have an immediate impact on tourism in the absence of visitors from countries such as China, Indonesia and India

    M Patrick Lee, director of sales and business development at One Faber Group, which runs services, attractions, and food and beverage stores in and around Sentosa, said he was cautiously optimistic that a rebound would take place. would produce soon

    But he added: « We are also aware that travelers will remain cautious when a vaccine is not ready and do not expect a full recovery until it becomes widely available next year. »

    M Ong Hanjie, managing director of travel agency EU Asia Holidays, also said people would not be comfortable traveling in large tour groups without the vaccine.

    Some have said the situation is too fluid to predict as it depends on government policies, which can change in an instant

    M Luke Johnson, general manager of the AJ Hackett Sentosa bungee jumping attraction, said: « (The Hong Kong Pact) is a good positive step, but it’s something that forces governments to accept the protocols for travel bubbles for safety travel procedures

    « We hope that tourism can return as soon as possible, but the reality is that there are still unknowns, such as the quota and the conditions imposed on travelers »

    Pace of air travel recovery will depend on considerations in place, tourism and health experts say

    M Chew Kian Beng, director of the hospitality and tourism management diploma course at Temasek Polytechnic’s School of Business, said that as the colder months approach, travelers may experience symptoms of Covid-19 similar to those of the flu

    He said: « Realistically, countries where cases in the community are low and controlled will likely not reopen their borders until early next year to avoid the risk of imported cases. »

    Infectious disease expert Asok Kurup said resuming air travel should be done with caution as it depends on other countries getting Covid-19 under control

    He added: « As long as we don’t have a vaccine, we need a cautious and calibrated approach with tight policies because imported cases will be our weak link »

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    EbeneNews – UA – Businesses cautiously optimistic about some tourists returning next year

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