Mr Christopher de Souza: To ask the Minister for Trade and Industry whether the Ministry will consider allowing SingapoRediscover Vouchers for use at food and beverage outlets in tourist-targeted areas.
Written Answer by Minister for Trade & Industry Mr Chan Chun Sing
1. The decline in international air travel due to COVID-19 has led to a corresponding decline in tourist arrivals and impacted our tourism establishments badly. The SingapoRediscovers Vouchers (SRV) scheme was therefore designed to target tourism businesses, specifically hotels, tourist attractions and tours, that derive most of their income from tourists.
2. F&B merchants can work with eligible merchants (i.e. hotels, tourist attractions and tours), to develop bundles that qualify for the SRVs. Some hotels are already working with F&B merchants located in the vicinity for their staycation packages. F&B merchants can also leverage on marketing initiatives by the Singapore Tourism Board to reach out to locals. For example, they can contribute deals and content for the SingapoRediscovers campaign.