Hangout with ST: What's next after e-scooter ban and 'eat, pray, love' with wellness tourism

SINGAPORE - Hangout with ST, a video series by The Straits Times, is broadcast live at 8pm every Thursday on the publication's Facebook and YouTube pages.

Hosted by multimedia journalists Hairianto Diman and Renee Poh, the series adopts a casual, talk-show format which focuses on what's trending in Singapore and around the world.

In this episode, the hosts talk to Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering (Transportation infrastructure) Raymond Ong from the National University of Singapore about what happens now following the new ban on electric scooters on public footpaths.

The hosts will then talk to a co-founder of a fitness gym based in Bali, and a yoga instructor, who organises yoga retreats overseas, about the trend of more travellers ditching the usual holiday plans of shopping and partying for a more meaningful and healthy wellness retreat that focuses on self-care.

According to the 2018 Global Wellness Tourism Economy study, the wellness tourism industry is now worth over US$600 billion (S$815 billion) and expected to be worth more than US$900 billion by 2022.

Other guests for this segment include two yoga practitioners who will share their experiences participating in such wellness retreats in countries like Bhutan.

Talking points covered in previous episodes include the launch of new streaming service, Apple TV+; Singapore's snack food market which is poised to hit US$166 million in value this year; talking to Mr Denis Koh, chairman of Big Wheel Scooters Singapore, on why he is against the possible ban of personal mobility devices; and an interview with Hollywood star Jacob Batalan.