Staycation deals show encouraging response

Singapore Hotel Association says hoteliers are resilient and enterprising

Sentosa: alluring beaches and lots of sunshine. Credit: Getty images

SINGAPORE - With many frequent business travellers forced to stay at home in Singapore, hotels around the island are rolling out staycation options to lure families and business travellers to fill up their rooms. The response has been encouraging, according to Singapore Hotel Association (SHA).

SHA has been in the forefront of working with government agencies and industry partners to offer relief measure for member hotels. It is working alongside hotels to lift revenues by promoting members' staycation and dining offers on its website, banking on Singaporeans' penchant for travel during the one-week school term holidays which started on Monday.

Meanwhile, Sentosa Development has also just rolled out a new website to promote its Stay & Play Programme.

Ms Margaret Heng, executive director, SHA, said: "The silver lining lies in our hoteliers' resilience and fortitude. Every member is committed to protecting jobs and building capacity for the recovery.

"Many hotels have since adopted cost containment measures like redeploying resources, rationalising operating hours, upskilling and undertaking refurbishment projects to prepare for the recovery.

"SHA recognises Singaporeans' desire to travel and have launched a web page to offer instant access to all hotels' staycation offers. Some hotels have launched interesting rooms, dining and spa offers to mitigate the impact. This move to boost domestic tourism has been very successful.  

"Our MICE members have reported positive response to the range of creative staycations and dining offers. This is a great example of our hoteliers' enterprising spirit.

"In anticipation of the protracted challenge, SHA is working with government agencies on the disbursement of the second stimulus package and identify new initiatives to relieve our members' burdens."

SDC's Stay & Play Programme's website cites Sentosa as a place with plenty of sunshine, where one can go for "a dose of Vitamin D at the State of Fun". Perks include discounts, Fun Passes that come with 10 tokens, and free entry by car and Sentosa Express (monorail). The deal ends on 14 April 2020.

Click here to see SHA's link to members' room offers.
Click here to see Sentosa's Stay and Play Programme.

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