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Wednesday, 20 January, 2021, 12 : 00 PM [IST]

Singapore pilots framework to test bed-safe itineraries

With a halt on international leisure travel, Singapore Tourism Board is piloting a programme to test bed-safe itineraries for the MICE segment. “For a start, we are piloting a framework to test bed-safe itineraries, starting with delegates arriving in Singapore for MICE events,” said GB Srithar, Regional Director (India, Middle East, South Asia), Singapore Tourism Board.

The pilots allow tourism businesses to develop and test bed-safe, bespoke and personalised visitor experiences for MICE travellers, while building up the capabilities of travel agents, tourist guides and other experience-providers in delivering these experiences. “Through these efforts, MICE visitors and future leisure visitors will be assured that they can enjoy Singapore’s authentic destination offerings with peace of mind,” Srithar stated.

Last month Singapore announced the Connect@Singapore initiative as part of its efforts to re-open borders in a controlled and safe manner, with necessary public health safeguards in place. According to Srithar, “The new segregated travel lane complements other existing travel lanes that have been established such as the Reciprocal Green Lane and will facilitate essential global business and will facilitate essential global business exchanges and support the revival of Singapore’s air hub status and hospitality sector. Connect@Singapore is a safe, controlled step towards facilitating Singapore’s gradual reopening as an international business hub.”

The lane will be open to a limited number of travellers under stringent public health guidelines and will be monitored closely to ensure that public health considerations are necessarily addressed.

India is one of the key sources of business traffic to Singapore, particularly for Meeting & Incentive travel segment. Singapore offers subvention schemes to customise needs of corporates, event planners and delegates of varied group sizes. “These schemes are catered specifically to help them to plan better and pitch more confidently should Singapore be a destination of choice. These schemes are being reviewed regularly. In fact, we have just made enhancements to the schemes in light of the Covid-19 situation to ensure that they are able to meet the changing needs of the corporates, MICE agents and event planners and to keep Singapore competitive as a top-of-mind MICE destination for the India market,” Srithar shared.

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