Cheap flights and a range of affordable accommodation are drawing more Australians to spend more time in Singapore. NXGen business leader Jamie Sutherland explains why. 

What are the main draw cards for Australians travelling to Singapore?
At the moment it is a good choice of cheap flights from most ports within Australia and the large choice of activities once you arrive. An on-par dollar, year-round 30-degree climate and comfortable flight time also help.

What are your top tips for selling the destination to clients?
Singapore has really evolved as a destination. We may have sent clients there in the past just for the shopping, however now it’s choice that Singapore really offers. We have a large array of accommodation options to offer from good value three-star properties through to six-star luxury. Eco-tourism is another growing sector. The Singapore Zoo is one of the best in the world, while for families Sentosa Island offers so much including great theme parks, beaches and a great choice of resorts.

What experiences do you recommend as a ‘must’ for your clients?
No trip to Singapore is complete with sampling the signature dish, chilli crab, at Clark Quay. Singapore is as cosmopolitan as they come and a visit to Little India, Arab Street and Club Street will unveil the many different cultures of Singapore.

Is it easy to sell Singapore as a holiday destination rather than just a stopover?
For so long Singapore has been perceived as a stopover destination however this is definitely changing. Once you start delving into what you can do in Singapore, it soon becomes clear you are going to need more than three or four days to really see the best of Singapore. The challenge is ensuring our customers understand how much time they need to truly see today’s Singapore.

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