Home Briefs: STB suspends Deal Travel's licence

STB suspends Deal Travel's licence

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has suspended the licence of travel agency Deal Travel since June 4.

STB said in a statement yesterday that the suspension was because the agency had not submitted the necessary documents to verify its compliance with the minimum financial requirements mandated by the Travel Agents Regulations.

STB had also received complaints from Deal Travel's business partners about owed payments.

It advised consumers affected by the suspension to contact the travel agency about the status of their booking or a refund, or approach their insurance providers, the Consumers Association of Singapore or the Small Claims Tribunal.

The move comes after e-commerce platform Ensogo, which bought over Deal.com.sg, abruptly closed its Kallang offices on Monday. A website listing licensed travel agents here (trust.yoursingapore.com) says Deal Travel's website is Deal.com.sg and its e-mail address has Ensogo as the domain.

3 new Earn and Learn maritime courses

Three new SkillsFuture Earn and Learn Programmes were launched for the maritime sector yesterday. They are for seafaring deck officers, port operations officers and seafaring marine engineers.

The courses are jointly developed by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, Workforce Development Agency and Singapore Polytechnic.

Trainees will undergo a more intensive programme which puts their time spent out at sea to better use, accelerates the learning process and gives more structure in their learning.

Picnic in the heartland to honour dads

Four hundred families are expected to turn out today to celebrate fathers at a Families for Life picnic.

The picnic is the first heartland one organised this year by the Families for Life council, a group that aims to connect with Singaporean families and strengthen communities.

The free event is held to honour fathers and to encourage the public to spend more time with their families. It is being held at Casuarina Grove, East Coast Park, from 5.30pm to 7pm.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 25, 2016, with the headline 'Home Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe