Those working in Singapore, who hope to travel, can resume next year, while nations are confronted with the pandemic.
The following year, five long weekends, one more than this year in eleven public holidays, according to a publication released yesterday by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).On Sunday 1 May and Monday 2 May, when Labor Day and Hari Raya Aidilfitri fall, they will take part in a long four-day weekend. May 3, a public holiday, a Tuesday.
The following mondays are public holidays with Vesak Day and Christmas Day (May 15 and Dec 25) both falling on Sundays.The announcement could be a boon for the poorest residents, because travel bubbles are already being planned between countries and the numbers of vaccines both here and abroad.Speaking to The New Paper yesterday, a 23-year-old accountant who wanted to be known only as Ms Koh said: “I would definitely consider travelling over the long weekends next year, even if it is to Johor Baru. “Travel agencies are anticipating a higher demand for travel during the long weekends.
Ms Alicia Seah, director of public relations and communications at Dynasty Travel, said: “With possibilities of travel bubbles established in the third quarter of 2021, and no mandatory quarantine (upon) departure from and arrival at holiday destinations, we foresee a high surge in demand from travellers planning to spend on quality holidays… in 2022.”
TripAdvisor said the long weekends may serve as boosters for those already looking to travel as vaccinations roll out.”The public holiday announcement for 2022 comes at a great time, giving everyone something to look forward to,” said a spokesman.
But some are more cautious.
Ms Milly Tng , 23, a tutor, said: “I am looking forward to the long weekends to chill, but in terms of travelling, I am keeping my expectation low.
“Covid has taught us that things can change drastically and quickly.”
Source: The New Paper