Singaporeans going to exotic places and on longer trips: Natas
From Turkey to Tibet - the travel bug has been biting Singaporeans harder than ever, thanks to low-cost airlines and a stronger currency.
Not only are locals travelling longer, they are also spending more by going to more exotic locations according to a straw poll conducted by the National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (Natas).
Last month's survey of 20 outbound travel agencies here found that a Singaporean who booked a flight in the first seven months of this year went away for an average of seven days. It was five days during the same period last year, said Natas chief operating officer Anita Tan.
Travellers are also paying between $1,500 and $2,000 for their package or free-and-easy booking, an increase of 20 per cent from last year. This was due to more Singaporeans putting more unusual destinations, including South Africa and Mongolia, on the itinerary, said Ms Tan.