Foreign arrivals have dried up because of the travel restrictions, but Singapore is determined to support its tourism sector by encouraging local tourism, said Minster Heng Swee Keat.
He announced that S$320 million will be set aside for tourism credits, called SingapoRediscovers Vouchers, that Singaporeans can use.
He urged Singaporeans to take the opportunity to explore Singapore’s local culture and heritage, nature, art, and architecture.
The Ministry of Trade and Industry will provide more details next month, he said.
Businesses in the arts and culture, and sports sectors will also take much longer to resume full activities, he said.
He added that support was provided through the Resilience Budget but he is prepared to provide further support in consultation with the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth.
For a small number of businesses, such as those in the nightlife industry, which unfortunately will not be able to open soon, Mr Heng said the Government will help them transition to other activities or ease their exit.
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