04 Feb '11, 10pm

Travel agencies see more demand for CNY tours:

SINGAPORE - Travel agencies have seen a 10- to 15-per-cent surge in bookings for their Chinese New Year tour packages this year, following the turnaround the travel industry saw last year from the global downturn of 2008 and 2009. Chan Brothers Travel and Sino-America Tours (SA Tours) said that the improvement this year was largely due to a robust economy, strong employment growth and big bonuses paid late last year. "With a better economy, there will definitely be an increase in the demand for travel," said Mr Robert Khoo, the chief executive of National Association for Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS), which expects tour agencies to do 10 per cent more business this festive period, compared with last year. SA Tours marketing and communications manager, Ms Eva Wu, said that even though the festive period was longer this year, "Singaporeans still prefer to stick to tried-an...

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