The 54th NATAS Travel fair is back from Feb 22 to 24, at Singapore Expo Halls 5 and 6A, from 10am to 9.30pm.
This year’s theme is Look no further, NATAS is here.
More than 80 exhibitors such as travel agents, airlines, cruise operators, hotels, national tourism organisations and travel-related companies are offering a wide range of deals and packages at the fair.
With every $500 spent at the fair, you can enter the NATAS Grand Draw and stand a chance to win:
• Top Prize: A pair of return business class tickets on Singapore Airlines to Seattle, sponsored by Singapore Airlines
• Second Prize: A pair of return economy class tickets from Singapore to Warsaw, sponsored by Lot Polish Airlines
• Third Prize: A pair of business class tickets to Bali, sponsored by Air France KLM
Get discounts and a free gift when you purchase the Travel Guard insurance from AIG, the official travel insurer for the event.
Choose Dynasty Travel for a perfect holiday for families with children. Take for instance, its 7D5N Young Explorer Escapade to Melbourne that comes with a special departure on June 11. It offers separate activities for adults and kids on some days, so the parents can enjoy some “me time” without having to busy themselves with childcare duties.
The adults get to shop at local markets and a duty-free outlet, relax on a river cruise or explore a
winery. As for the children, they can join enriching tour activities at the Scienceworks museum,
Australian Centre for Moving Images and Healesville Sanctuary, as well as climb, jump and
swing up trees in the Tree Surfing Nippers Course at the Enchanted Adventure Garden.
There is also the 13D10N Best of Belarus & Ukraine package, with departures from May to September. Expect visits to the majestic Carpathian Mountains that stretch across Central and Eastern Europe, where you can enjoy views of dense forests, mountain streams and plenty of fresh air.
You can also visit the Mir Castle, a Unesco World Heritage site at the town of Mir in Belarus. You will appreciate its gothic, baroque and renaissance architectural influences, and learn about its rich history upon entering the residence-fortress, Italian garden and other premises.
CTC Travel’s tour packages include 14D11N The Pulse of Central Europe, 11D8N South Africa + Victoria Falls Experience, 8D6N Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, 8D7N Explore Inner Mongolia with Celebrity Jeffery Ong and 6D Canton New Experience.
If you love cruises, check out the 17D Amazing Alaska with Canadian Rockies Tour, and the 8D7N Shanghai and Okinawa Japan Fly-Cruise.
If you prefer free and easy holidays, the 12D11N Mama Mia! Greece! and 8D6N Awesome Sydney and Melbourne will catch your attention.
Japan National Tourism Organization
Hokkaido in northern Japan is a popular holiday destination that offers awesome places to visit, such as the Furano flower fields, Lake Mashu and Fort Goryokaku.
This year’s cherry blossom season is predicted to be in May. Also, enjoy lavender blooms during summer as you go on hiking, mountain biking and rafting activities.
You can also consider travelling to Kansai, a region in the Japanese island Honshu. Do not miss trips to the Osaka Castle and Osaka Dotonbori.
For more information, visit:
■ Japan By Japan (japanbyjapan.com/)
■ Japan National Tourism Organization (www.japan.travel/en/)
■ Hokkaido Offi cial Tourism Website (en.visit-hokkaido.jp/)
■ Welcome Kansai Project (welcomekansai.net/)
ASA Holidays has launched a new mobile travel app to enable customers to have easy access to its wide array of products and services. Download the app during NATAS Travel 2019 to participate in a lucky draw and stand a chance to win prizes such as Samsung cameras and Silkpro travel kits.
New members will receive a bonus of 1,500 reward points. Terms and conditions apply.
You can also check out tour packages such as 9 Days Best of Russia, Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk and Korea, 8 Days Awesome South Taiwan and Xiao Liu Qiu, 8 Days Mystic Mongolia Grassland and Beijing Tour, as well as Gourmet Tours with Chef Huang Ching Biao in China.
Spend with Citibank Cards to enjoy discounts of up to $88 for selected tours to Asia and $118 for selected long haul tours.
Terms and conditions apply.
Visit Jeju Island, Jeollanam-Do, GyeonggiDo and Seoul when you sign up for the Sakura Summer Scent Full Experience (Sea·Land·Sky)-Korea by Jun-Air Travel.
The Hokkaido — The Last Cherry Blossom Paradise package is a nine-day-seven-night trip that brings you to popular destinations such as Furano, Otaru, Toyako, Hakodate, Sounkyo, Sapporo and Noboribetsu.
If you prefer to relax and enjoy gorgeous scenery during your travels, go for the package Dream Road of Big Shangri-La Ring Road Trip vs Grandiose Glacier – Hailuogou.
The Hailuogou Glacier Forest Park, Xingduqiao and Tagong Grassland will definitely appeal to photography enthusiasts.
(located at the Tourism Authority of Thailand Pavilion at Booth 5H68)
Flying with Thai Airways is going to get better with enhanced in-fl ight entertainment with Live TV. Passengers on board the business class and economy class of Boeing 787-8, Boeing 787-9 and Airbus A350-900 will get to watch live news from CNN, BBC and NHK and live sport from Sport 24 channel.
The airline is also celebrating its latest win of three Skytrax 2018 World Airline Awards — World’s Best Economy Class, World’s Best Airline Lounge Spa and Best Economy Class Onboard Catering.
Join EU Holidays on its 12D9N Legends of Balkans package that will bring you to Romania, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Albania. Foodies can look forward to tuck into Albania lamb and yogurt, Ohrid trout and traditional pork knuckle with beer.
The highlights of places of interest include:
■ Romania’s Sinaia, Bran, Brasov, Sighisoara, Sibiu and Bucharest;
■ Bulgaria’s Rila, Sofi a and Veliko Tarnovo;
■ Macedonia’s Lake Ohrid and Skopje; and
■ Albania’s Tirana and Berat.
Royal Caribbean International
Sail the high seas with luxurious cruise ships from Royal Caribbean International this year.
Voyager of the Seas offers many activities and entertainment options, with exciting features such as a surf simulator and an ice-skating rink. Do not miss the fun on a three-night cruise to Bintan/Melaka and Kuala Lumpur (Port Klang) from April to June.
You can opt to go on board Spectrum of the Seas in May too. Try its Sky Pad VR bungee trampoline, SeaPlex’s bumper cars and the skydiving simulator for an exciting adventure at sea.
HSBC credit cardholders enjoy additional $50 off per stateroom.
This deal can be combined with other promotions. The second guest sails at just $3 for Singapore round-trips on Voyager, Spectrum and Quantum of the Seas.
Terms and conditions apply.
Hong Thai Travel
Sign up for Hong Thai Travel’s 13D Highlights of Eastern Europe package that takes you to Hungary, Austria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Germany. Visit the Schönbrunn Palace, experience a Danube cruise lunch with champagne and wine, and explore the fi lm setting of The Sound of Music at Salzburg.
Another note-worthy package is the 7D Japan Onsen Meguri & Mt Zao/+Free 1N Hotel that will bring you to Tochigi, Yamagata, Akita and Aomori. From mid October to early November, maple foliage imbues vibes of a romantic autumn. You can look forward to soak in hot springs, pick seasonal fruits and relish seafood and soba too.
Prefer to travel closer to Singapore?
Check out the 6D Perfect Central Vietnam /+*Free 1N Ho Chi Minh Hotel package that covers Danang, Bana Hills, Hoi An and Hue. You will get to visit three Unesco World Heritage Sites — Hoi An Ancient Town, Imperial City of Hue and My Son Sanctuary.
At NATAS, book a trip with Trafalgar to enjoy a 10 per cent Early Payment Discount and a complimentary bottle of La Belle Vie fragrance. For trips US$2,500 (S$3,389) and above, the fi rst 68 couples will receive a 50 ml bottle per couple. For trips US$2,499 and below, each booking will come with a 4 ml bottle per person.
Promotion is valid till Feb 28.
Enjoy the following discounts:
■ US$68 off for Trafalgar’s Europe, Britain, USA and Canada trips at US$2,500 and above.
■ US$50 Optional Experience Vouchers for CostSaver trips. Book a Costsaver trip to Europe and Britain from S$1,698 person with British Airways return fl ight included.
■ US$100 off for Trafalgar’s South America and Africa trips.
■ Qatar Airways all-inclusive fare to Europe from S$799.
■ AF/KLM all inclusive fare to South America from S$1,888.
Terms and conditions apply.
Come September, Singapore Airlines will be the only airline that fl ies non-stop from Singapore to Seattle. The estimated duration of the flight will be about 14 hours and 40 minutes via the Airbus A350-900.
Visit the Singapore Airlines’ NATAS booth for a look at the A350-900 seats.
Promotional fares to Seattle start from $988 all-in for economy class, $1,498 all-in for premium economy class and $6,138 all-in for business class.
Purchase any Singapore Airlines or SilkAir package from appointed travel agents and redeem limited edition giveaways at the booth. Also, stand a chance to win air tickets, vouchers and more when you book your tickets with Mastercard.
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