These days, Singapore is dealing with a decreasing number of foreign tourists in the country. With this in mind, the country has to think of new ways to attract more visitors. However, Singapore has to pay attention to the old ways as well and the chief of World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) said that a balance between the two is crucial and will represent a challenge for the country.
David Scowsill, the president and chief executive of the council based in London said, “You have to keep investing and innovating to make sure people don’t come just once”. Scowsill pointed out to the Formula One Singapore Grand Prix, as well as the two integrated resorts – Resorts World Sentosa and Marina Bay Sands – which were launched in 2010 as new attractions for tourists.
The chief executive has more than 20 years of experience in the travel industry and reminded that the country should not forget the importance of local heritage. Scowsill also said that if there was a mistake made by Singapore, it was several years back when it lost many of the old parts. The country’s buildings were rising and Chinese shophouses were being destroyed.
This also happened in Beijing and Shanghai. Now if people want to see something from the past, then they visit streets of the old parts of Haikou as that is what Singapore looked like many years back.
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