No impact of Zika on Singapore’s tourism so far

Singapore, Sep 5 (IANS) There has been no perceivable impact of Zika on Singapore’s tourism so far, with only a handful of cancellations, a statement said on Monday.

A Singapore tourism official said in a statement that Singapore remains a safe travel destination, as the country has a robust system in place to manage Zika, with the mainstay being vector control.

“In keeping with an open, transparent and multi-pronged approach throughout Singapore, STB will continue to closely monitor developments through the Ministry of Health and National Environment Agency,” Xinhua news agency quoted Chong as saying.

About 16 new cases of locally transmitted Zika virus infection were confirmed in the country as of Monday, according to a joint statement released by Ministry of Health and National Environment Agency.

Monday’s update brings the total number of Zika infections here to 258.

Chong said that STB is working closely with both Singapore and in-market tourism and travel partners to ensure that there will be necessary mitigating measures and communications plans in place to address concerns by visitors.

Chong exemplified that STB’s frontline operations, such as Call Centre and Singapore Visitor Centre, have been monitoring daily visitor feedback and queries on the Zika outbreak.



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