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SINGAPORE – Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has issued assurances it will extend help to cruise industry partners even as cruise lines pause sailings globally till April.
Last Friday, Singapore had “made the difficult decision” to “[cease] all port calls for all cruise vessels”.
One day later on 14 March, STB’s chief executive Keith Tan issued a letter to cruise partners, “offering enhanced support” especially to those who have committed to Singapore deployments, via the Cruise Development Fund.
Genting Cruises, and Royal Caribbean are both home ported in Singapore.
STB: “We will help you through this period”
In the midst of uncertainty, a bright spark remains as Singapore continually seeks to find ways to buffer the impacts on its economy.
“I want to assure you that we will help you through this period. I assure you that these measures are temporary and will be reviewed regularly as the situation evolves,” said Mr Tan.
To help cruise terminal operators cope with port closure, STB is working on cruise relief measures.
Local tourism companies are also being offered support through a S$4 billion (US$2.79 billion) support package announced last month by the Singapore government.
“We are keeping our spirits up, even as we prepare for a long period of uncertainty. In the meantime, I hope to share my confidence that our cruise industry is resilient. The growth potential in Asia remains exceptionally high, and the fundamentals that make cruising in this part of the world so attractive has not changed,” Mr Tan added.