Singapore offers Golden Jubilee Lifestyle Deals for tourists
Text and photos by Jojie Alcantara and Rhonson Ng
Singapore celebrates its significant 50th anniversary by rolling out a series of incredible deals through promotions and special experiences in this Golden Jubilee celebration. Unbeatable offers range from airfares, accommodations, shopping spree perks and other privileges that truly show Singapore as a must visit destination in 2015.
Singapore Tourism Board’s Area Director for the Philippines and Brunei, Adrian Kong, announces during a press conference in Marco Polo Davao, that Singapore was crowned the top country to visit in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015.
“2015 marks a tremendous milestone for Singapore. With a year-long calendar of events and activities to celebrate our Golden Jubilee, we have lined up a treasure trove of exclusive tourist experiences and privileges, and would like to invite our overseas friends to join us in commemorating this special occasion. This is the perfect time to visit Singapore to indulge in a bit of shop, eat and play,” Adrian said.
Silkair, the Regional Wing of Singapore Airlines, offers special commemorative fares when you fly direct from Davao to Singapore. The holiday treats start onboard from delicious inflight meals to Silkair Studio, a complimentary wireless inflight entertainment streamed directly to your mobile devices. A generous free baggage allowance of 30kgs encourages you to shop without worries. Enjoy Christmas festivities or New Year in Singapore with its commemorative Php5000 one way fare, while other Jubilee return fares start from as low as USD250. Book your tickets before August 30, 2015 to avail of these tempting deals.
The Lion City’s varying attractions involve a day of shopping, dining and exploration, and with plenty of accommodations to choose from, 40 of the top properties across five hotel groups are offering a “Stay 2 Nights, 3rd Night Free” promotion for bookings made until 15 August 2015.
Singapore also teams up with MasterCard as the official Card of the Super Deal this Golden Jubilee, which entitles cardholders to an exclusive advantage of having only to spend S$600 to redeem a S$50 limited edition Golden Jubilee MasterCard pre-paid card and be eligible to win a Priceless® Singapore holiday as well.
Meanwhile a lot of new attractions have been recently launched. Every establishment seems to be in a heady rush to join forces in the Golden Celebration (think of all the new bars and dining outlets eager to welcome you). Resorts World Sentosa showcases the world’s first Puss In Boots’ Giant Journey, a suspended roller coaster fun for the whole family. For more adrenaline experiences, go for the Singapore Cable Car, Skyline Luge, or the legendary F1 Grand Prix. If you opt for zen moments, visit the blooming Gardens by the Bay, Madame Tussaud’s Museum and other sprouting art galleries, to name a few. There are also year round Singapore Cruises and tours with neighboring Malaysia in the itineraries, offered by Superstar Gemini Cruise and Royal Carribean Cruise. This is also an opportune time to visit Legoland and Hello Kitty Town in nearby Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
The award winning Changi Airport may only be your stopover for a few hours. The good news is that if you have at least 5-6 hours to spare until your connecting flight, you are eligible to join the Free Singapore Tour, one of two free 2.5 hours of guided tours with 2 short stopovers. One is the Heritage Tours which runs 4 times daily or the City Lights Tour which runs twice daily, giving you the opportunity to see Singapore’s sights, sounds, and energy, even for just a short, precious time. Passport, boarding passes and valid entry visa are required for registration, which you have to present at the Free Singapore Tours booths located at transit areas of terminals indicated. Eligibility to participate in the tour is subject to visa entry requirements stipulated by the Immigrations and Checkpoints Authority of Singapore. Registration will close an hour before the start of tour and participants will be guided as a group to clear immigration before it starts. However, availability of seats is on a first-come-first-serve basis, with tour itinerary subject to change upon weather and traffic conditions. More info can be found in www.changiairport.com.
On a fashion note, Singapore Designer Collective (KEEPERS) has launched its second pop-up in Changi Airport Terminal 1 Departure Hall from July 15, 2015 to January 7, 2016. First opened at Orchard Road on Sept. 2014, the 21 square-meter pop-up store at the airport features 11 talented designers on fashion and lifestyle products, providing an accessible platform for local designers to showcase their one-of-a-kind crafts among tourists passing through. With co-organizers Textile & Fashion Federation (TaFf) and Singapore designer Carolyn Kan of Carrie K., KEEPERS is a platform supported by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), SPRING Singapore and DesignSingapore Council.
“We are delighted by the expansion of the KEEPERS initiative beyond Orchard Road into Changi Airport as it will inject more local flair into the airport shopping experience, making authentic Singapore designs more accessible to a wider audience,” said Ms Ranita Sundramoorthy, Director of Attractions, Dining and Retail, Singapore Tourism Board (STB).
Singapore Tourism Board (STB), the leading economic development agency in tourism and one of Singapore’s key service sectors, aims to differentiate and market Singapore as a must-visit destination by offering a concentration of user-centric and enriching experiences through the “YourSingapore” brand. Visit www.yoursingapore.com for more information about its Golden Jubilee deals and plan your next trip now.
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