TIP: After signs of recovery, what damage is Omicron doing to the struggling travel and tourism industry?

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As of December 15, 87% of Singapore’s total population had completed their vaccination, according to figures from the Department of Health’s website. Of those eligible for the national immunization program, 96 percent have taken both vaccines.

Last week, the country’s Health Sciences Authority (HSA) also approved the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech / Comirnaty vaccine in children aged five to 11, with a plan to gradually open bookings for them. injections from next week.

Mr Christopher Khoo, managing director of international tourism consultancy, said that while the new variant is concerning, it may not completely derail the industry’s stimulus plans.

“We are further ahead in the fight against COVID in that we have more options now because vaccination rates are quite high and are increasing steadily in many countries, so this is a positive sign that we do not have not had a year and a-. half ago, ”said Christopher Khoo, Managing Director of international tourism consultancy Masterconsult Services.

“We are more aware of the transmissibility of the virus, and we have anchored it in our old behaviors, following certain protocols like safe distance and crowd avoidance,” he said.

“It’s not going to be easy and we might see a couple more surprises, but we’re a lot more prepared this time around.”

His feelings were echoed by Mr. Tan of Pegasus Travel, who is also the general secretary of the National Association of Travel Agents of Singapore (NATAS).

After going through nearly two years of disruption, Tan said travel companies have learned to adapt and adapt better to changes, making them more resilient.

“Omicron will definitely have an effect on us, but it won’t be a devastating effect that brings us back to square one, maybe just a step or two back,” he said. “We should be able to conquer it and move on.”


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