Airline Destination F&B 

At Singapore’s Changi Airport, a New Jewel Shines

The 10-story Jewel, offering visitors a forest, indoor waterfall and more than 280 stores and restaurants, hopes to make the Singapore airport a destination in itself. At first glance, visitors to the new Jewel complex at Singapore’s Changi Airport might feel like they have entered some mythical dimension. An indoor waterfall — the tallest in the world — drops 130 feet from an oculus the size of a bus. A Canopy Park has nets for bouncing and walking strung as high as 80 feet above the ground. A forest of 1,400 trees…

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Destination F&B 

SENTOSA SINGAPORE LAUNCHES CASHLESS INITIATIVE TO ENTICE CHINESE TOURISTS

Online payment platform, Alipay has launched its payment solutions across 70% of the island’s merchants to cater to Sentosa’s Chinese tourists.  The new cashless initiative is a joint collaboration between Alibaba-owned Alipay, Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) to enhance guest experiences and enable seamless access to the tourist hot-spot’s attractions, food and beverage (F&B), and retail outlets for Chinese visitors. The Alipay payment service which is popular among Chinese users is entering Sentosa at a time when China is growing in importance as a key source market for Singapore. Chinese…

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F&B 

Meituan Dianping and Chope form partnership to tap into Chinese tourists love for food

Both parties decided to integrate their apps as Chope currently operates countries which are seeing a flood of Chinese tourists. Meituan Dianping, the Tencent-backed Chinese food delivery giant, has announced a partnership with Singapore-based dining platform Chope to help Chinese tourists make reservations at restaurants around Asia Pacific. Both parties decided to integrate their apps as Chope currently operates in Singapore, Bali, Jakarta, Bangkok, Phuket, and Hong Kong, countries which are seeing a flood of Chinese tourists who are willing to spend a big chunk of their budget on food,…

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Airline Destination 

Singapore’s visitor arrivals jumped 6.2% to 18.5 million in 2018

Tourism receipts also inched up 1% to $27.1b. The tourism sector was able to power through economic uncertainties as visitor arrivals (VA) increased 6.2% YoY to 18.5 million in 2018, the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) revealed. The agency noted that the record high increase was fueled by the VA growth in seven key markets, including China, India, Philippines, UK, USA, Vietnam, and Germany. They added that China (6%), Indonesia (2%), and India (13%) registered record-high visitor arrivals. Moreover, STB noted that China and India saw growth from both tier one…

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