Free guided tours for local residents to mark 50 years of tourism

In its heyday in the early 1980s, Haw Par Villa attracted over a million visitors annually and was Singapore’s fourth most popular tourist attraction. Those who live here can rediscover Singapore and familiar attractions like Haw Par Villa through
In its heyday in the early 1980s, Haw Par Villa attracted over a million visitors annually and was Singapore’s fourth most popular tourist attraction. Those who live here can rediscover Singapore and familiar attractions like Haw Par Villa through free guided tours, as part of the Singapore Tourism Board's (STB's) efforts to celebrate the country's 50 years of tourism. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

Those who live here can rediscover Singapore and familiar attractions like Haw Par Villa through free guided tours, as part of the Singapore Tourism Board's (STB's) efforts to celebrate the country's 50 years of tourism.

The year-long Tourism50 celebrations are aimed at getting Singaporeans and residents here to relive their memories at local attractions and create new ones with their friends and families. The drive to woo those who live here will start from the middle of this month, with free weekend tours in Haw Par Villa.

These tours, which will include the stories of the park's owners, a vintage flea market and a food bazaar, will be held on March 15, 16, 22 and 23.

There will also be free 75-minute tours around the Heritage district - which includes the Singapore River, the Sri Thendayuthapani Temple along Tank Road and the Jamae Mosque along South Bridge Road- on March 29 and 30.

STB's chief executive Lionel Yeo said on Tuesday that the efforts to engage Singaporeans will highlight the work of those in the tourism industry and kindle their passion for local tourism developments.

He said: "They might think they are already familiar with (the attractions) but there is still much to discover." For more updates on Tourism50, log on to www.xinmsn.com/rediscoversg.