Friday, April 19, 2013

Singapore Inbound Tourism Seen to Boost, Chinese and Indian Markets to be Tapped

 
 
SINGAPORE -  Inbound traffic of travelers, mainly from China and India, is expected to be the source of a huge boom in the Singapore tourism for the next few years. This is after a recent survey shows that outbound tourism will slightly decline as many Singaporeans are quite contented already with the amount of travel they had gone through.
 

Survey showed that almost 7.3 million trips from Singapore were conducted since 2010; whereas in China, only 4 percent of the population had gone out of the country. India has 1 percent. This statistics had driven the authorities to assume that the two nations are proven lucrative markets, and are worth the taps.
 

Therefore, it is presumed that given that the industry will exert more effort to reach out to the Chinese and Indian markets, a better inbound tourism will be in order. The trick is to lure travelers by opening more attractions and that would cater to all age groups, and providing more opportunities for entertainment and fun for the people.

This is not exactly a difficult thing to do because Singapore has already been at it since day one. Spearheading the lists of attractions which travelers would buy air tickets for to see are Resorts World Sentosa, Universal Studios Singapore, and Gardens by the Bay. The fact that Changi International Airport is one of the world’s best also contributes to the reputation.
 

Furthermore, Singapore promises particular attention to the various needs of the travelers. Safety is the top-most priority, and that is basically what people from India, China, and other nations are after. 
 

Basically, this move does not just improve the number of tourist arrivals. It also strengthens tourist takings. Singapore hotels will particularly benefit from this – especially those hotels located in Little India and Chinatown – as travelers are expected to find a place to lodge in while in the country.
 
Singapore, in spite of being a rather small nation, is indeed up for some spectacular leaps on inbound tourism for the next few years. It is totally equipped to cater the needs of Chinese, Indian, and other nationalities. Though it is already ahead of others in the race, Singapore vows no stopping in furthering what it can give to people in terms of tourism.
 

Friday, April 5, 2013

Celebrating Songkran Festival



On April 13-15, 2013, Thailand will be once again embraced with a festive atmosphere as the world-renowned Songkran Festival gets celebrated. It is an important event that locals and foreigners alike cannot get enough of it. This explains while Singapore to Thailand flights are selling like hotcakes nowadays. Songkran is basically the most fun and exciting festival in Thailand and everybody is invited to partake in this momentous celebration.


During this festival, the whole nation turns literally ‘watery’ and ‘wet’. Buddha images are bathed and young people visit the elders to perform the rod nahm dum hua ceremony wherein the young ones pour scented water on the hands of the elders as homage.





In courtyards and monasteries, people also build sand replicas of stupas as part of the festival. They also set birds and fishes free.



But the fun begins when the locals and foreigners come out to the streets to splash water on each other. It’s a free-for-all water-throwing and it is customary to get wet. Armed with water guns, water hoses, and pails, people bond with each other in joy and exhilaration.


Songkran Festival is basically observed in all parts of Thailand. But the best place to celebrate it is in the northern province of Chiang Mai where events are held close to mayhem. Nonetheless, peace is observed and everything is just done for fun.



It is best to book Thailand tours which coincide with Songkran Festival early to avoid hassles. There would be no hesitations for sure. It will only be fun.


Get to know more how Thailand Celebrates Songkran Festival by checking out these resources:
* Highlight Thailand: The Rod-Nam-Dum-Hua Tradition
* Thai Buddhist: Building Sand Pagodas During Songkran
* Thailand Travel Online : Songkran Festival - Thailand New Year
* Travel Soon : Songkran Festival Thailand
* Thailand for Visitors
* Celebrating Songkran Festival in Thailand