SINGAPORE: Singaporeans made 8.05 million trips in 2012, by air and sea. According to the National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS), that is an increase of almost four per cent from 2011 (7.75 million).
If you compare with the numbers in 2001 (4.36 million), the jump is a much more significant 85 per cent.
NATAS organises two travel fairs each year, the second of which opens on Friday.
There are about 1125 booths and 160 exhibitors at the fair, and NATAS said that it was seeing a strong demand for travel from Singaporeans.
William Tan, president of NATAS, said: "Many of the July pre-fair shows held by our members saw a very good response from the public. Singaporeans are no longer satisfied with just travelling during peak periods, there is a strong and growing demand for travel throughout the entire year."
Almost 200 travel professionals from over 15 agencies have also been accredited under the "NATAS Accreditation" framework.
The scheme was launched earlier this year. It hopes to be a benchmark for measuring tourism professionals so as to help consumers make a more informed and assured choice. - CNA/ac
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