SINGAPORE: Business is booming for tour operators in Singapore ahead of Malaysia's General Election.
Tour operators say they are seeing a surge in demand for coach tickets for the first time in 30 years.
On the day Malaysia announced its election date, about 1,000 tickets to Malaysia were sold by Grassland Express & Tours Pte Ltd, compared to 400 tickets on a normal day.
Prices have also increased by up to 20 per cent during this period.
Tour operators said they have to charge more as coaches are likely to return from Malaysia without passengers.
Most are choosing to travel on May 3, two days before polling day in Malaysia.
Grassland Express & Tours Pte Ltd is beefing up its fleet of coaches to Malaysia on May 3.
There will be some 90 coaches - up from the usual fleet of 50.
Mr Tan Boon Huat, general manager of Grassland Express Tours Pte Ltd, said: "In my 30 years in the business, after so many general elections, I've never seen customers so eager to get tickets. Ticket sales are going faster than during Lunar New Year season."
One Malaysian woman said: "The day the election was announced, I kept calling to book tickets. I tried calling during my break at work and after work, but I couldn't get through. I only got through the next day." - CNA/de
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