The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) joined hands to reignite travel amongst trade partner-friends and media in Sri Lanka through a myriad of engagement activities which took place between 29th – 31st March 2023.
Built around the theme ‘Deepening Connections, Achieving Together!’, STB and SIA hosted 130 travel agency professionals over two evenings of networking, had a round-table luncheon with representatives from 9 media outlets, and participated in in-depth discussions with industry partners.
Today, travellers are far more open and discerning in their preferences particularly when it comes to selecting travel experiences; Singapore offers Sri Lankan travellers a wide range of experiences to choose from while visiting the destination. Adding to this vibrant repertoire, the country has announced the soft opening of Bird Paradise on 8th May 2023.
Popular amongst Sri Lankan fans as a resort destination for leisure and family friendly experiences, Sentosa has transformed through the years to become a vibrant destination with hidden gems to be discovered by every generation of travellers. The iconic Singapore Cable Car is launching Pokémon-themed cabins from 1st May onwards, as a part of its 50th year celebrations. The island will also unveil Sentosa Sensoryscape, a multi-sensory experience in 2023, the first milestone of the Sentosa-Brani Master Plan, which will transform Sentosa into a game-changing leisure and tourism destination. Sentosa is also buzzing with options from marquee festivals to popular restaurants, attractions, and spa retreats.
In a move to encourage visitors to explore more during their travel to Singapore, the STB has recently launched the SingapoRewards, a new programme that offers complimentary experiences in Singapore for international visitors. This will run through 2023 and provide visitors with an opportunity to try one of nearly 40 new or “off-the-beaten- path” experiences in Singapore for free. On 3rd April, Changi Airport Group (CAG), SIA and STB re-launched the Free Singapore Tour for transfer and transit passengers with refreshed itineraries and a new Changi Precinct tour.
Pre pandemic, in 2019, Singapore welcomed 98,000 visitors from Sri Lanka and in 2022, 35,500 visitors made their visits to the city. Sri Lanka is recognized as a key visitor source market within the South Asian region. With direct connectivity between Colombo and Singapore, visa-free travel for Sri Lankans and a host of new and improved attractions and activities in Singapore, the city continues to be a prime travel destination.
On 27th March 2023, SIA introduced the launch of Boeing B787-10A on Colombo-Singapore route. This longest variant of Boeing’s Dreamliner range offers large electronically dimmable windows, low cabin altitude, generous headroom, and a quiet and smooth ride. With exceptional operating efficiency and advanced technology, the B787-10 aircraft is also environmentally friendly with a small carbon footprint.
Zac Liew, General Manager Sri Lanka (SIA) shared: “SIA’s Boeing B787-10 reinforces the importance of Sri Lanka in the SIA network, also demonstrated by SIA’s 53 years of operation between the two island nations. The added seat and cargo capacity will continue to contribute to tourism in Sri Lanka and facilitate imports & exports. The operation of a young fleet of new generation aircraft reaffirms Singapore Airlines’ long-standing commitment towards sustainability.”
GB Srithar, Regional Director, India, Middle East, South Asia and Africa (STB), highlighted the importance of staying connected with the Sri Lankan travellers and welcoming them to Singapore: “This trade engagement initiative is the biggest since post-pandemic and is timely at the start of the year. It was heartening to re-connect with our partner- friends and have meaningful conversations on travel recovery. Sri Lanka is an important traveller source market for Singapore. We seek to grow the visitorship number from Sri Lanka in 2023. The year ahead in Singapore is exciting, with hotly anticipated tourism developments and we invite many more Sri Lankans with different passion points, travel desires, and aspirations to enjoy our diverse, vibrant, and reimagined offerings.”