High-Profile Tourism Campaign Launched to Attract More Singaporean Travellers to Western Australia

Travel And Tour World | July 10, 2019

A new marketing campaign has been launched by Western Australia in Singapore to boost its tourism. As part of the campaign, the interior of train carriages in Singapore will be covered in iconic Western Australian images.Tourism Minister Paul Papalia launched the campaign in Singapore and travelled to Serangoon Station this morning on the WA-themed train, speaking to commuters about what WA offered as a holiday destination.

Spotlight

The tourism industry, with travel and hospitality as two of its major components, is no longer the same as it was. Consumer behaviors toward tourism have significantly changed, influenced by the desire for safety and social contact and the accelerated shift to digital. Travel planning now happens with just a few clicks — from selecting a travel location and checking safety protocols to receiving information on flights and lodgings. For businesses, this means tougher asks from customers
and greater competition for wallet share, especially as digital evens out the playing field between small and large companies.

Spotlight

The tourism industry, with travel and hospitality as two of its major components, is no longer the same as it was. Consumer behaviors toward tourism have significantly changed, influenced by the desire for safety and social contact and the accelerated shift to digital. Travel planning now happens with just a few clicks — from selecting a travel location and checking safety protocols to receiving information on flights and lodgings. For businesses, this means tougher asks from customers
and greater competition for wallet share, especially as digital evens out the playing field between small and large companies.

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