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Every Singaporean aged 18 and above in 2020 is set to receive S$100 worth of SingapoRediscovers vouchers, which can be used on staycations, attraction tickets and tours.

The vouchers can be used between December this year and the end of June next year.

The SingapoRediscovers vouchers for tourist attractions, tours and hotel bookings will be given out via SingPass.

Every Singaporean aged 18 and above in 2020 is set to receive S$100 worth of SingapoRediscovers vouchers, which can be used on staycations, attraction tickets and tours.

The vouchers can be used between December this year and the end of June next year.

A S$10 subsidy will also be provided for children and youth tickets for attractions and tours, said the STB. Each adult may purchase up to six children or youth tickets at subsidised prices during the duration of the scheme. 

Announcing the details on Wednesday (Sep 16), Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing said the move will help the local tourism industry, which has been battered by the COVID-19.

“This is not a social assistance scheme. This is an economic scheme to help our tourist attractions to preserve their capabilities that have been built up over the years, while they consolidate capacity in the interim,” Mr Chan told reporters at the Jurong Bird Park.

The vouchers will be provided in denominations of S$10 via SingPass, and may be used to purchase tickets for attractions and tours, and accommodation bookings at licensed hotels, said the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) in a separate fact sheet on Wednesday.

More details on the redemption mechanism will be announced in November.

STB will be calling a tender to appoint the platform providers for the redemption of the vouchers, said chief executive Keith Tan.

Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat announced in August that the Government would give out S$320 million worth of vouchers to encourage Singaporeans to support local tourism businesses. 

The scheme will complement the ongoing SingapoRediscovers campaign launched in July, said the STB.

More than 200 deals and bundled packages have been launched “to encourage locals to explore different precincts and aspects of life of Singapore”, the STB said. The vouchers will provide more encouragement for Singaporeans to do so, it added. 

All licensed hotels, tourist attractions and tours that have been approved by the STB to operate or reopen can benefit from this scheme. 

"We're working out the economic impact now, but certainly we do expect a return, not necessarily to the Government but obviously to the merchants. From the response we've seen so far, even from the initial SingapoRediscovers campaign, the merchants have responded very positively," said Mr Tan.

"There is clearly a sense that they are responding, and the reason why they're responding is that they must see there is commercial return of interest and return of benefits to them," Mr Tan added.

Mr Chan said he expects merchants to benefit from a "multiplier effect".

“We’ll expect a certain multiplier effect because when people come here, they will also spend on other things ... So for example, they can use this to pay off the tickets or defer the cost of the tickets for coming in. But when they come in, they will spend on some of the F&B and other services that the attractions, hotels or the tours provide," said Mr Chan.

“We think that there will be a catalytic effect. As to the exact extent of the catalytic effect, it will be hard to predict at this point in time, but we hope that is at least a few times what we have provided for in the Budget,” he added.

Responding to questions on why the vouchers may not be used for F&B and retail purchases, Mr Chan said: "It's a balance between which sector we want to target, and also the simplicity in the administration so that people who (have) the vouchers can actually use it in a most convenient way. That's how we have designed the system."

Thanking tourist attractions for “putting in an effort” to put safe management measures in place amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Mr Chan said: “The other thing that they have done very well over the last few months or so was to help us work out the arrangement to have safe cohorting for the live performances.” 

From Sep 18, attractions that have received approval to resume operations can apply to the STB to increase their operating capacity from 25 per cent to 50 per cent, subject to approval from the Ministry of Trade and Industry. 

Attractions can also apply to increase the capacity of their number of outdoor shows to five zones, with 50 people in one zone, subject to safe management measures. 

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/singaporediscovers-tourism-vouchers-chan-chun-sing-covid-19-13115702

in before haters gonna hate n negative comments

as highlighted its an economic scheme meant to help the tourism sector with many livelihoods at stakes

do our part or jus dont use the vouchers lor why need to kpkb so much

so many negative comments on fb from ppl who dont get the whole point behind the tourism vouchers

there r many ppl struggling out there n wud prefer more social assistance schemes to tide them thru n so may not understand these vouchers are targeted to help those in the tourism biz to secure their jobs n prevent the tourism n sector industry from collapsing

with our borders closed to tourism now n in the near future even locals spending may not be of much help but can help jiu help?

for those who still have jobs n wanna bring ur kids out. bt maybe shd have given to those under 18 toooo la

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Supersonic

Is that screenshot meaningful in anyway? Asking people to be more positive but the message itself is full of IB-shitcanery.

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Just now, Weez911 said:

Is that screenshot meaningful in anyway? Asking people to be more positive but the message itself is full of IB-shitcanery.

wads ib?

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Have been monitoring staycation prices during end Nov. Hopefully they do not increase prices because of this, else defeat the purpose.

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Hypersonic

Lai leow..... meaning deep deep .... :we-all-gonna-die:

No December bonus but $100/- voucher for you to spent in tourism areas ... :wut: 

@TianmoGeylang & KTV cannot hor .... :a-noway:

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Hypersonic

Don't quite follow this. If Govt wants to help support the local attractions, they can simply give them this money instead of getting the general public to congregate at these places and thus potentially spread disease.

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Turbocharged (edited)

If the flight to nowhere is 100 dollars and I can use the voucher should be fun to "re invest" into the icon of our nation.

This scheme is similar to NS 50 where the membership fee is use to re generate the interest in the places where its never visited.

 

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31 minutes ago, Spring said:

Don't quite follow this. If Govt wants to help support the local attractions, they can simply give them this money instead of getting the general public to congregate at these places and thus potentially spread disease.

They say election no body infected. so this attractions congregate they implement social distancing lor. like dry run for when open more.

already say they budget 40mil to promote local tourism. they think it has multiplier effect. got a 100 dollar voucher you still need to top up for food and drink for the day.

some hotel selling voucher also. voucher for discounts.. this type not simple.

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1 hour ago, StreetFight3r said:

“This is not a social assistance scheme. This is an economic scheme to help our tourist attractions to preserve their capabilities that have been built up over the years, while they consolidate capacity in the interim,” Mr Chan told reporters at the Jurong Bird Park.

Why need to play semantic games? A subsidy is a subsidy. Sometimes subsidies are valid use of taxpayer money. What's wrong with that? Gahmen is so anti-welfare that when they introduce an assistance scheme got to deny it is exactly what every economist will consider it to be

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41 minutes ago, Spring said:

Don't quite follow this. If Govt wants to help support the local attractions, they can simply give them this money instead of getting the general public to congregate at these places and thus potentially spread disease.

They dunno how to split, so ask us to split for them.

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Hypersonic

Can use in spa? 

Five star hotel spa OK? 

:D

I don't like to go cheap dirty place one. 

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Supersonic

$100 can go where? Attractions and hotels not cheap le.

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Hypersonic

$100 can got Ritz Carlton buffet. 

MCF next MU Ritz Carlton? 

:D

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Hypersonic

For people dieting  we can go hotel spa for MU? 

:D

Must have something for everyone. 

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2 hours ago, Spring said:

Don't quite follow this. If Govt wants to help support the local attractions, they can simply give them this money instead of getting the general public to congregate at these places and thus potentially spread disease.

The govt is against being a welfare state.

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38 minutes ago, Jamesc said:

$100 can got Ritz Carlton buffet. 

MCF next MU Ritz Carlton? 

:D

Already say the vouchers cannot use for F&B liao..

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Hypersonic (edited)

OK we all meet in the spa. 

:D

Ladies in MCF most welcome. 

Ladies all like spas right? 

Mods also welcome. 

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