Singapore industry associations step up efforts to safeguard tourists’ well-being amid outbreak

Following travel advisories raised against Singapore by South Korea, Israel, Indonesia and Taiwan governments, a trio of trade bodies are rallying its members to step up efforts to make Singapore safe for visitors during the Covid-19 outbreak.

The National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS), alongside the Singapore Hotel Association (SHA) and the Society of Tourists Guides Singapore (STGS), have made available recommended guidelines to tour operators, hoteliers and tourist guides, while detailing comprehensive action plans to safeguard the well-being of tourists.

Singapore industry players double down on safety measures amid the Covid-19 outbreak

“We understand the concerns of visitors to Singapore and we would like to reassure them that our industry is making every effort to keep them safe through the collective efforts,” remarked Samson Tan, NATAS chairman-inbound.

STGS honorary secretary Howard Lim added that “the tourist guides will do their part to fulfill the tour itinerary and make the stay of the visitors a pleasant and safe one”.

STGS will push ahead with its International Tourist Guide Day 2020 at Capitol Singapore on February 22, 2020.

“Singapore Hotel Association is confident of a strong recovery. With public health precautions in stringent effect, Singapore remains a safe tourism destination for leisure and corporate travellers. All hoteliers are going beyond the extra mile to protect their well-being and superlative stay experiences,” shared Margaret Heng, executive director, SHA.

In order to ensure instant access to the latest SHA 2019 Novel Coronavirus checklist, SHA has implemented a web-based archive for their members and general public, following consultation with Food, Drinks & Allied Workers Union, Singapore Tourism Board and Ministry of Health’s guidelines and ministerial advisories.

The three associations will continue dialogues with government agencies to identify solutions for Singapore’s rebound as a stronger tourism destination.

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