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Validity of SingapoRediscovers Vouchers extended to end-March, bookings must be made by Dec 31

Validity of SingapoRediscovers Vouchers extended to end-March, bookings must be made by Dec 31

FILE PHOTO: Visitors walk past a sign for the Universal Studios Singapore theme park on the resort island of Sentosa in Singapore on Jul 3, 2020. (Photo: AFP/Roslan Rahman)

SINGAPORE: The deadline for visits using SingapoRediscovers Vouchers (SRV) has been extended to Mar 31, 2022, but bookings must be made by Dec 31.

Announcing this on Monday (Nov 22), the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) said: "We understand that some Singaporeans may not have been able to use their SRVs due to reduced group sizes and capacity limits at tourism establishments.

"This extension allows Singaporeans more time to enjoy their SRV experiences."

This follows a previous extension to Dec 31. 

The voucher scheme, which was launched to boost the tourism sector amid COVID-19, was initially slated to expire at the end of June.

Every Singaporean aged 18 and above had received S$100 worth of tourism vouchers, which can be used on staycations, attraction tickets and tours. 

STB said that from Monday, more booking slots will be added by the five authorised booking partners viz, Changi Recommends, GlobalTix, Klook, Traveloka and 

"We strongly encourage Singaporeans to plan ahead and book their experiences early, especially for the upcoming festive season and school holidays in December and March," said the agency.

Those who need help to make bookings can visit physical SRV counters across Singapore before Dec 31. They must bring their original identification documents.

From Jan 1, 2022, the authorised booking partners will no longer accept tourism bookings made using the vouchers, said STB, adding that all physical counters will be closed.  

 As of Nov 1, close to 1.3 million Singaporeans have used their vouchers at least once, making more than 1.6 million transactions, said STB. 

About S$256 million in vouchers and additional expenditure have been spent under the scheme.

STB also reminded Singaporeans that reselling or exchanging the vouchers for cash is strictly not allowed.

"STB conducts regular checks to ensure the SRVs are used for their intended purposes and will not hesitate to take action against businesses or individuals that abuse the SRV scheme," it said. 

Those who wish to donate their vouchers can do so via the donation options provided by the booking partners or through the physical booking counters.

"We encourage them to make their donations well before Dec 31," said STB. 

Source: CNA/lk(gs)