Singapore is witnessing lowest tourist arrival in four decades due to pandemic


The one industry that has been most affected by the pandemic is the tourism industry and its effects are clearly visible. Singapore is witnessing the lowest tourist arrival in four decades. It is because of global travel restrictions because of Covid-19 pandemic.
In 2020, most of the total arrivals took place in the first two months. According to the Singapore Tourism Board, there is a drop of nearly 85% in comparison with arrivals in 2019. Border closures are also responsible for such a drastic drop in arrivals. 
Keith Tan, chief executive of STB said that Singapore Tourism Board is confident as Singapore is one of the world’s most attractive and safe destinations. 
Singapore Tourism Board is preparing for recovery with its industry partners. It is unlikely that mass international travel will resume this year. 
To support tourism business, domestic demand is critical. To support local tourism, a scheme was launched in December 2020 called SingapoRediscovers Vouchers (SRV) scheme. Since then more than 3 lakh Singaporeans have used the scheme and made bookings with Singapore hotels and attractions. 
STB praised the tourism industry as it played an imperative role in the battle against Covid-19. Various hotels offered them for accommodation purposes and quarantine facilities. It would not have been possible without their sincere efforts. More than 70,000 people were accommodated by them. 
STB also said that even after the arrival of the vaccine, it will still take some time before travellers are confident again to travel again without any fear. People are skeptical as to whether they should go on vacations or not. They are not expecting mass tourist arrival in 2021. 


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