Hot offers at Natas fair but demand cools
The bargains were hotter but demand was cooler at last weekend's Natas travel fair, with both the number of visitors and the business they brought down from last year.
But travel firms saw a trend: Singaporeans were willing to spend on destinations and itineraries which are out of the ordinary.
The three-day fair organised by the National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (Natas) at Singapore Expo drew 62,744 visitors, a drop of nearly 5 per cent from the 65,822 last year. Bookings slipped more than 9 per cent to an estimated $98 million, from last year's $108 million.
Natas attributed the fall to well-travelled Singaporeans keen on new experiences. Many may be choosing smaller travel groups instead of mass tours, said Natas chief operating officer Anita Tan, adding that people think the fair sells packages for only big groups.