Singaporeans aged 18 and above to get $100 local tourism vouchers

Staff Writer, Singapore
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Visitors queue to enter the Singapore Zoo in Singapore on July 6, 2020, on its first day of reopening to the public after the attraction was temporarily closed due to concerns about the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP) (Photo by ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Visitors queue to enter the Singapore Zoo. (PHOTO: Roslan Rahman/AFP via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — Singaporeans aged 18 and above will each receive $100 SingapoRediscovers vouchers to encourage them to support the country’s tourism businesses.

In a media factsheet released on Wednesday (16 September), the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) said that these vouchers will take the form of credits in denominations of $10, and will be accessible via SingPass.

They may be used to purchase tickets for local tourist attractions and tours, as well as for accommodation bookings at licensed hotels.

There will also be a $10 subsidy for child/youth tickets for attractions and tours. Each user is eligible to purchase up to six child or youth tickets at subsidised prices for the duration of the scheme, which will last from December 2020 to the end of June 2021.

The STB said that the voucher scheme will complement the SingapoRediscovers campaign, which was launched in July to encourage Singapore residents to explore different precincts and aspects of life of Singapore, and support the local tourism businesses, which have been badly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The government had announced on 17 August that $320 million would be set aside in the form of such vouchers.

The STB said that the redemption process for the vouchers will be digital by default, but it will provide support for those who have difficulties using digital modes. Specific details of the redemption mechanisms will be announced in November.

More capacity for tourist attractions

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

They 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 safe management measures.

Each zone should provide sufficient space for at least 1m distancing between individuals who are not from the same group. Zones should be clearly demarcated with a separation of at least three metres between zones.

Previously, outdoor shows were subjected to a maximum capacity limit of 50 people.

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