Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim: To ask the Minister for Trade and Industry whether the Ministry provides guidelines or subsidies for entry pricing for major attractions for tourists relative to Singapore residents and, if so, whether steeper discounts for residents are possible.
Oral Answer (to be attributed to Minister of State for Trade and Industry Alvin Tan)
1. The Ministry of Trade and Industry encourages attraction operators to offer discounts to Singapore residents. However, admission pricing is ultimately a decision to be undertaken by the operators.
2. Some attractions have differentiated pricing or seasonal discounts for locals vis-à-vis tourists. For instance, Universal Studios Singapore, S.E.A. Aquarium, ArtScience Museum and the Mandai Wildlife Parks all offer cheaper single-entry tickets to locals. These attractions also typically offer seasonal or annual passes to locals. Other attractions, such as the National Museum of Singapore and the National Gallery, also offer free admission to locals.