Singaporeans aged 18 and above in 2020 will soon receive S$100 worth of credits to spend on hotel stays, attraction tickets, and/or tours locally.

This will be part of the SingapoRediscovers Vouchers scheme announced by the Government in August, in efforts to encourage Singaporeans to support local tourism businesses, which have been among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

These vouchers will be digitally accessible via SingPass and will last for seven months, from December 2020 to end-June 2021, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) said on Wednesday (16 September).

Details on the SingapoRediscovers Vouchers scheme

According to STB, all licensed hotels, tourist attractions and tours that it has approved to operate or reopen are eligible to benefit from this scheme, which will contribute towards business revenue, and help these businesses tide through this challenging period.

The scheme will complement the ongoing SingapoRediscovers campaign launched in July, and safe management measures (SMMs) will continue to be observed.

More details on redemption will be announced in November.

Apart from the above, the STB also announced that from Friday, 18 September onwards, attractions that have received approval to resume operations can apply to STB to increase their operating capacity from 25% to up to 50%, subject to approval by the Ministry of Trade and Industry. A

Attractions can also apply to STB to scale up the capacity at their outdoor shows to a maximum of five zones, with 50 people per zone, subject to the implementation of SMMs. 

The STB noted: "Since their reopening, attraction operations have demonstrated good compliance with SMMs. They have been effective at preventing and dispersing crowds and maintaining high standards of cleanliness and hygiene. All attractions also introduced online booking systems for timed-entry or pre-booking of activities to monitor and control visitor numbers."

The attractions have also prepared detailed cleaning and sanitisation regimes and response plans to handle cases of infection. Moving forward, STB said that it will continue to conduct enforcement checks to ensure that attractions can implement the necessary SMMs effectively even with larger capacity limits.

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