Monday . June 17 . 2019
         
 
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Singaporeans still travelling
 
Karen Yue, Singapore (2009-02-17)
 
STRONG numbers of travel bookings made at travel fairs organised by Chan Brothers Travel and CTC Holiday over the weekend show Singaporeans are continuing to travel despite the economic downturn.
 
Sales at the Chan Brothers World Wide World's On Sale Travel Fair surpassed the agency's S$7 million (US$4.5 million) sales target and last year's sales of S$8 million, while CTC Holidays hit S$6 million in sales.
 
According to Chan Brothers Travel spokesperson, Ms Jane Chang, the sales performance “is a big encouragement for the agency and the travel industry as a whole”.
 
CTC Holidays Senior vice-president marketing and PR, Ms Alicia Seah said: “Although Singaporeans are keeping their purse-strings tied because of the economic climate, they are still travelling. Consumers are paying less in fuel surcharges now and airlines and hoteliers are lowering their airfares and rates by 20 to 30 percent for the low season. Low currency exchange rates to Korea, Australia and New Zealand are also good reasons for customers to travel now.”
 
Both agencies said Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China were hot destinations at the fairs, while longhaul destinations, such as Europe, New Zealand, the US and Turkey fared just as well.
 
Ms Chang said: “Travel is still Singaporeans' top leisure pursuit they would rather scrimp and save on other areas in order to travel.”
 
Both agencies have set a sales target of S$8 million for their participation in the NATAS Travel Fair, which will run from February 27 to March 1 in Singapore.
 
 
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