SINGAPORE – On Monday, Minister of Trade and Industrie Chan Chun Sing more than 760,000 Singaporean adults have used their Singapore Rediscovers voucher at least once since the 28th of March.In total, more than 108 million dollars in vouchers and supplementary expenditure have been spent under the scheme since restitution began on 1 December, Mr Chan said in a written reply to a few questions by MPs.
He added that approximately 2.2 million adults in Singapore did not redeem their vouchers.Mr. Chan said that the redemption deadline of 30 June this year has not been changed for now.
“We will continue to monitor the redemption rate over the remaining months before considering if any extension of the redemption deadline is warranted,” he said.
“Meanwhile, we encourage Singaporeans to redeem their vouchers early so that they are able to select their preferred products and time slots.”
Mr. Chan says that the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and authorized reservation partners have increased their user experience in response to feedback from public opinion.
The vouchers may also be used in the five authorized booking systems for more than 440 items: Changi Recommends, GlobalTix, Traveloka, Trip.com and Klook.
“We will continue to review and enhance the process where necessary,” said the minister.
He explained that the vouchers were designed for Singaporeans as a digital system, as many residents know how to make purchases via internet.Those who require guidance can seek assistance from authorized reservation partners at over 60 places on the island.
“A digital scheme also allows merchants to manage their capacity to be in line with safe management measures, and minimises fraud,” said Mr Chan.He said that STB closely monitors the use of the vouchers, and no fraud or profit has been detected to date.
He added that, in the next few months, the STB, traders and reservation partners are increasing efforts to encourage more people to use their vouchers.
This includes the sharing of products and promotions through different channels across attractions, tours and hotels.
Source: The Straits Times