26 Feb '11, 12pm

More competition for tour operators at NATAS Fair: Travel agents said popular destinations like Europe, Japan, K...

More competition for tour operators at NATAS Fair: Travel agents said popular destinations like Europe, Japan, K...

SINGAPORE: Singapore's largest travel fair, the NATAS Travel Fair, is seeing intense competition amongst tour operators this year. The three-day fair, from February 25 to 27 at Singapore Expo, is expected to draw about 68,000 visitors. Travel agents said popular destinations like Europe, Japan, Korea and China are still bestsellers, although more Singaporeans are heading for exotic destinations like South Africa, Bhutan, and even far-flung South America. Educational travel for youth, like immersion and home stays, are also on the rise. Overall, operators are upbeat. Ayoob Angullia, Managing Director of Shahidah Travel, said: "I think compared to last year, (customers are up by) more than 25 per cent. Who knows, maybe because of the bonus Budget...people are expecting to get the extra money and are willing to spend."

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