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     FrontPage Edition: Sun 2 Oct 2005

Transit passengers at Changi Airport get to explore Singapore


"The World's Biggest Transit Lounge" Launches Phase 2 of Transit Programme - Stop-Over Visitors To Experience More of Singapore and Be Inspired for Return Visit

On 1 October 2005, the Singapore Tourism Board launched Phase Two of the Transit Programme to turn Singapore into ¡°The World¡¯s Biggest Transit Lounge¡±.
Singapore is a throbbing hub with 80 of the world¡¯s airlines converging through 3,900 scheduled weekly flights to more than 180 cities in 56 countries.
With the Transit Programme, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) seeks to enhance the experience of the more than 5 million air passengers who stop over in Singapore.
Besides offering a world-class experience within Changi Airport, we would also want to host these transit passengers by providing them convenient access to the many attractions outside the airport for those with longer stopover time, essentially turning Singapore into a huge transit lounge.
¡°STB wants to heighten the experience for the many transit passengers that pass through Singapore. We have a wonderful transit lounge at Changi Airport that our stop-over passengers enjoy and now it¡¯s time to give them a real taste of what Singapore has to offer. Exciting promotions and incentives await travellers who choose to transit in Singapore and we hope they will be sufficiently tempted to quickly make a return trip here to fully experience Uniquely Singapore,¡± said Dr Chan Tat Hon, Assistant Chief Executive (Leisure), STB.
Phase 2 Transit Programme Incentives
i) Bus shuttle services from Airport to Suntec City/Little India/Parkway Parade with return transfer to the airport
Transit passengers can choose to head to the heart of Singapore with a new free shuttle service that will bring them through areas showing a snapshot of the different sides to Singapore.
Suntec City would appeal to those keen on city experiences, Little India for cultural buffs or those who would like to do a spot of shopping at the 24-hour Mustafa¡¯s and Parkway Parade would be a drop-off point for those wishing to explore the East Coast and sandy beaches of Singapore.
ii) Tourist Day Pass
For transit visitors preferring to travel and venture through Singapore on their own, they can redeem a complimentary Tourist Day Pass to enjoy up to 10 free rides on SMRT and NEL trains within a 24-hour period.
iii) F&B/Shower facility vouchers for use at the airport upon return after transit experience
On their return to the airport, transit passengers can choose to freshen up with a choice of a food and drink voucher or a complimentary use of the airport shower facilities. These can be collected at the Singapore Visitors Centre located at the Changi Airport arrival hall.
iv) Free City Tour in Chinese
The two-hour free city tour gives transit passengers a taste of what Singapore has to offer. The tour and English commentary is currently available to all transit passengers. As part of the Phase two launch, Chinese commentary will be introduced to address the needs of the growing Chinese-speaking segment of travellers.
v) Taxi Tourist Guide
Transit visitors can also engage the services of a Taxi Tourist Guide for a personalized guided tour of Singapore.
In conjunction with the Phase 2 Transit Programme launch, a promotion will be introduced to allow Chinese and Indian nationals to transit in Singapore for up to 96 hours or 4 days without having to apply for a visa.
To be eligible for this promotion, Chinese and Indian nationals transiting at Singapore¡¯s Changi Airport are only required to furnish onward third country air-tickets departing within the next 96 hours and possess a valid visa or long-term pass issued by any of these six countries ¨C Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, United Kingdom or United States of America.1
China and India are two main markets that contribute to a fast-growing segment of inbound visitors for Singapore.
In 2004, Singapore received about 880 thousand visitors from China and 471 thousand from India. Compared to the 670 thousand visitors who visited from China and 375 thousand from India in 2002, this represents an overall growth of 31% and 25% for China and India respectively.
The Singapore Tourism Board is engaging its various regional offices, especially those in China and India, to create more awareness of this promotion and encourage travellers to stopover in Singapore and enjoy Uniquely Singapore.
1 Transit passengers who satisfy the criteria are not guaranteed entry but are still subjected to Singapore¡¯s prevailing entry requirements.

Source: Media Release 30 Sep 2005

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