The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) said on Wednesday that the introduction of new Vistara flights from Delhi and Mumbai will help more Indian travelers experience leisure, business and cruise travel to Singapore and that STB, together with its tourism partners like Gardens by the Bay, Resorts World Sentosa, Sentosa Development Corporation, Trick Eye Museum Singapore and Wildlife Reserves Singapore (comprising the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari, River Safari and Jurong Bird Park) has put together value deals and discounts to popular attractions and experiences in Singapore for Vistara’s passengers. STB said the discount vouchers are part of the welcome kits for Vistara’s passengers upon arrival in Singapore for the inaugural flights; and will continue to be distributed to passengers until 14 August 2019.
Vistara launched its international services with a Delhi-Singapore flight on August 6. It launched the second daily flight from Mumbai on August 7.
Singapore received 1.44 million visitors from India in 2018, crossing the one million visitor mark for the fourth time in a row. India is also the third largest visitor source market for Singapore and has been able to retain its position as the top source market for cruise travel.
“We are delighted that Vistara starts its international operations to Singapore from New Delhi and Mumbai. These two cities are amongst the key visitorship contributors from India. The new direct flight services will help bring more Indian visitors to Singapore to enjoy a multitude of experiences, catering to their different passions and interests. To welcome passengers taking the inaugural flights to Singapore, we decided to do something special for them with our tourism partners. We are happy that our attractions are offering special deals to enhance the guests’ experiences in our city, said GB Srithar, regional director (India, Middle East and South Asia), Singapore Tourism Board said.
Tourism partners in Singapore are optimistic that the introduction of new flights will bring in more footfalls.
Lynette Ang, chief marketing officer, Sentosa Development Corporation, Singapore, said being a leading holiday destination that attracts some 19 million guests annually, Sentosa is an integral part of the Singapore experience, featuring a range of leisure experiences from dining to beaches to themed attractions and hotels all on one island. “With the Sentosa Fun Pass, guests have the freedom to curate their own Sentosa experience. We are delighted to extend the Fun Pass to Vistara’s first 2,500 passengers flying into Singapore, as part of a continued effort to bring more value and a better experience to our international guests. India has been Sentosa’s top inbound market for the last three years, and we look forward to welcoming more Indian tourists to the island.”
Benjamin Tan, deputy CEO and chief commercial officer, Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said Indian families have become an important segment at the Night Safari, Singapore Zoo, Jurong Bird Park and River Safari.
“The flights are a welcome addition, and with our travel trade partners, we are looking forward to creating wild memories for more Indian guests.”
Ashley Aw, senior assistant director, sales and marketing from one of Singapore’s most iconic tourist spots, Gardens by the Bay, said, “We are proud to collaborate with STB to welcome Indian visitors on the inaugural Vistara flights to Singapore. We hope that with the launch of the Mumbai and Delhi Vistara flights from India, we will be able to receive more Indian visitors to our award-winning cooled Conservatories – Flower Dome and Cloud Forest.”
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