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Travel Revolution Fair and NATAS Fair 2017

This is the time of the year to get ready to grab the best travel deals from Travel Fairs for the coming year end school holidays. This year, one travel fair is held before the National Day and the other immediately after National Day. So this is going to be a very busy and exciting two weekends in a row with National Day cerebration sandwiched in between.

Once again, no entrance fee will be collected during the two fairs.

Do note the dates and venues for these two travel fairs as follows:

Travel Revolution Fair

4 – 6 August 2017 (Friday to Sunday)
11 am to 9.30 pm.

Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre,
Halls A & B




NATAS Fair

11 –13 August 2017 (Friday to Sunday)
10 am to 9.30 pm Daily

Suntec Singapore
Level 4 Halls 401 – 406
Level 3 Concourse 1 – 4
West Atrium

Do your research and plan where you wish to visit in advance if you have the time. This will save you time when you check and compare prices and itineraries at different booths from various travel agents.

Like the past, most major travel companies will be participating in the fairs.

Expect travel companies dishing out freebies to sweeten the deal to secure your business as well as gifts from credit card issuing banks if you charge your purchase above the required amount.

Don’t forget to purchase travel insurance as well where steep discounts are expected during the fairs.

So happy tour shopping and travelling …

Travel Malaysia Fair 2016

The Travel Malaysia Fair is here again.

The venue of the fair is at The Singapore Expo Hall 6A.

Date: 22-24 April 2016

Time: 11 am to 9 pm.

Admission is free.

A lot of seniors were at the fair on the first day during the late morning. There were some pushing and shoving where these uncles and aunties tried to get discount vouchers for travel packages at the Resort World booth. This fair seemed like a magnet for seniors.

There were massive crowds at some tour booths as some rushed to book travel packages and coach tickets to Malaysia with fantastic discounts. It was chaotic to say the least. Miscommunication and lack of proper queues were some frustration experienced by visitors who had to push their way around to get ahead.




707 Coach Company is giving out great discounts for coach tickets to Malaysia. You could purchase $50 vouchers for $40 at the fair. You could queue to book return coach tickets to Malacca or Genting Highlands at $40 for 2 persons which is equivalent to a $10 each way per person. Some dates are off course blocked out and surcharge of $5 is imposed on certain travel dates. So the booth for 707 Coach Company was very crowded and doing roaring business.

There were queues at other travel companies as well. WTS Travel was attracting crowds with their discounted packages and bus tickets to Malaysia. However, over at Konsortium Travel, it was disappointing as their staff were not aware of their advertisement on the newspaper on Thursday where the first 50 persons who book coach tickets would get to pay 50 cents for the second coach ticket. They only give a 10% discount on the price of tickets.

There are booths set up to promote Sabah and Sarawak as well. Plenty of information could be obtained from their booths. This would be a good place to head to if you wish to visit East Malaysia.

There are performances at the main stage during the fair. So if you are looking to bring your children to Malaysia for a short trip during the coming school holiday end of next month, this would be a great place to get splendid discounts for your vacation.

The fair is open till Sunday 9 pm. The weekend is a good time to head to the Singapore Expo where the Digital Fair is held next door.

The next Travel Malaysia Fair will be held from 14 to 16 October 2016 at Singapore Expo Hall 6B just before the year end school holiday.


Happy traveling …

March School Holiday Travel Plan 2016

The March School Holiday is coming. This short one week school break is ideal to get away for a very short vacation.

If you don’t wish to go too far and cost too much, Malaysia is one of the favourite options.


You need not fly if you don’t wish to and a bus ride just across one of the land links with Singapore and soon you will be operating on vacation mode.

The kids might still have plenty of school work to catch up as well as school activities to attend to during this one week break, so a very short break would probably not cost too much inconvenience and stress where a break is supposed to unwind and recharge for the next school term.

If you need ideas and information, Tourism Malaysia is holding a fair at the NATAS Fair this Friday from 4 to 6 March.

The venue for NATAS Fair is at the Singapore Expo Hall 7.

Time is 10 am to 9.30 pm daily.

Admission is free again this year for the NATAS Fair.




So if you wish to enjoy discounts and require more information, check out the Tourism Malaysia Booth at the fair.

Of course there are many other travel agents at the NATAS Fair as well should you wish to travel further than Malaysia.

It is good to enjoy some family bonding again before the kids go back to school to face the midyear examinations in May. How time flies!

Happy planning and have an enjoyable March School Holiday Break!


Travel Revolution Fair February 2016

The first travel fair for 2016 is finally here. Travel Revolution Fair was kicked off again at the Marina Bay Sands yesterday.

Being a twice a year event, this is the third fair they are organizing and improvement is quite evident.

Besides allocating space for self collection of travel brochures and newspapers like they did in the past, which is a very good idea, space allocation for exhibitors are much better organized this time.

The take up of exhibition space has increased with much lesser space to walk around this year while there were plenty of space and spare rooms to maneuver last year when the fair was first organized after splitting from NATAS.

Exhibition booths were better design like EU Holidays has an European theme which is lovely. CTC Travel has counters for Taiwan with interesting stuff to offer and also staff soliciting survey from visitors to improve travel products from Taiwan.

CTC Travel
CTC Travel

EU Holidays
EU Holidays



While travel brochures are self-collected before entering the exhibition hall where visitors can collect brochures that might be of interest to them, there are still some staff giving out brochures inside the hall but not so much of in your face kind of experience to unload all kinds of advertisement on you that weigh you down in the process. This will ultimately lead to wastage and inefficiency and the floor is sometimes littered with unwanted advertisements.

Self collection of travel brochures outside exhibition hall
Self collection of travel brochures outside exhibition hall

The Thailand Tourism booth is right at the entrance providing a very warm and cordial welcome to visitors. Complimentary massage is also available at the booth. Car rental companies like Hertz and Avis are just on the left of the Thailand Tourism booth.

Thailand Tourism Booth
Thailand Tourism Booth

All the major travel companies have massive exhibition space to provide visitors and enquirers with plenty of space for a friendly discussion on potential travel destinations.

Busy time at New Shan Travel
Busy time at New Shan Travel
Visitors streaming in early afternoon
Visitors streaming in early afternoon
Royal Caribbean Cruise
Royal Caribbean Cruise
CS Travel
CS Travel
Dynasty Travel
Dynasty Travel


SA Tours with many enquirers
SA Tours with many enquirers
Jun Air Travel
Jun Air Travel
Nam Ho Tours
Nam Ho Tours
Super Travels
Super Travels

Those who intend to travel to Australia and New Zealand would be happy to know there are tourism booths from these two countries where travel brochures and maps are available with staff answering questions from enquirers.

New Zealand Tourism Booth
New Zealand Tourism Booth
Australia Tourism Booth
Australia Tourism Booth

Mascots are present roaming around greeting visitors and those with children might find them helpful and adorable to provide some relief where the kids might find the exhibition boring with nothing to do. You could take pictures with them too!

It was already getting crowded early yesterday afternoon. Quite a number had already redeemed their gifts from their respective banks happily pulling away free luggage having charged a certain amount on their tour bookings to these banks. Of course not forgetting travel insurance company giving out generous discounts during the travel fair.

Visitors heading towards exhibition hall
Visitors heading towards exhibition hall
Crowds at the fair early afternoon
Crowds at the fair early afternoon

From the way things are moving forward, there is only one way this travel fair is moving, that is upward many years down the road. If this travel fair is not bringing in business, many travel companies would not have continued with this new travel fair launched just last year.


So if you are looking for travel packages for the first half of this year, this is the time to head down to Marina Bay Sands for a look. With the recently completed MRT Downtown line, going to Marina Bay Sands is really a breeze. By the way, admission is free.

Happy tour shopping …






Travel Fairs 2016

Schedules for Travel Fair for the first half of 2016 are out.


Travel Revolution Fair will once again hold their fair a week ahead of NATAS Fair.

Travel Revolution Fair will be held from 26 to 28 February 2016.

Venue is Marina Bay Sands B2 Expo Hall D, E and F.

Time is 10 am to 9 pm.

Admission is free just like last year.

Like the previous year, major travel companies will be represented at the fair. Among these companies are Chan Brothers Travel, Dynasty Travel, SA Tours, EU Holidays, Super Travel, CTC Travel, CS Travel, Nam Ho Travel and others.

Tourism organisations involved includes Tourism New Zealand, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Australia, Japan and others.




Some airlines will also be there including car rental companies such as Hertz Car Rental and Avis Car Rental and not forgetting Insurance Company AIG.

Credit cards promotion from major banks will be available as well.

Since its launch last year, this fair was a huge success attracting large numbers of visitors. Free admission to the fair might perhaps have helped with boosting visitor numbers.

This year would probably be just as successful with visitor numbers given many major travel companies are still participating at this fair.


NATAS Fair will be held from 4 to 6 March 2016.

The venue is Singapore Expo Hall 7.

Opening hours are from 10 am to 9.30 pm.

Travel companies represented are Jetabout Holidays, Diners World Travel, Airelated Travel, ASA Holidays, Scenic Travel, UOB Travel and others.

A number of cruise companies will be there including Royal Caribbean Cruises, Star Cruises, Costa Cruises , Princess Cruises and others.

Tourism Organisations from Nepal, Thailand, Indonesia and others will have booths there.

Of course travel insurance company AIG will be there as well as Budget Car Rental.

Some hotels and resorts will set up booth at the fair as well.

Admission for NATAS Fair was free last year in conjunction with the SG50 celebration. There is no mention of admission fee yet from NATAS website for this year’s fair. It might continue to keep last year’s free admission to rival the Travel Revolution Fair to keep visitors coming.


So this might be a good time to shop for discounted tours for the mid year school holidays.

Better take advantage of travel insurance offers during the fairs for substantial discounts.

It will be summer up north in the middle of the year. If June holidays sound hot and humid, head south to Australia or New Zealand for a cool holiday. The kids might enjoy it.

With two travel fairs being held twice a year, especially when admission is free, this will only benefit us travel shoppers.

So happy tour shopping …


Malaysia Travel Fair 2015 and Year-End Vacation

Well, school holidays are just around the corner. The main travel fairs were already over. However, if you are thinking of spending your holidays in Malaysia, the Malaysia Travel Fair is coming up this weekend from Friday 16 October to Sunday 18 October.

The venue for this fair is Singapore Expo Hall 6A. The fair is open from 10 am to 9 pm daily. So if you have yet to make bookings for your year-end school holidays, this could be an option.

Visiting Malaysia usually won’t burn too big a hole in the pocket, especially with the current Singapore to Malaysia currency exchange rate of S$1 to MYR3.

However, if you wish to travel further away and haven’t got anything in mind and at the same time don’t wish to break the bank, visiting cities around Shanghai in China could be another option. We took up a package tour with CTC Travel in 2013 and it was pretty good.

It was an 8 Days 7 Nights tour visiting Shanghai, Hangzhou, Wuxi, Shuzhou, Nanjing flying on Singapore Airlines. We stayed at local 5 stars hotels which were good. Almost all meals were included except one dinner in Shanghai. We paid only around $800 per person booked during the NATAS fair that year.

Of course there were shopping stops during the tour but we were not pressured into buying anything. In fact, quite a few in our group voluntarily spent quite a lot of money during those shopping stops where they felt those products promoted were good. Our tour guide was a young man who was very easy going and knowledgeable as well.

So if you just wish to get out of Singapore and enjoy some luxury flying on Singapore Airlines, the China Jiangnan Tour around Shanghai is one option to consider.




Currently, Dynasty Travel does have one such tour package. Cost for this tour package starts from S$244 + $370 airport tax + another compulsory tour of S$100. Almost all meals would be provided and accommodations would be local 5 stars hotels. Take a look at the tour dates and itinerary if you are interested.

8D7N Special Promotion Jiangnan + Jiaxing

You may notice the price for one of the travel dates has already gone over S$1000 per person and another date selling fast just before Christmas. Other dates you might have to call to check the price.

The itinerary for this tour is slightly different from the traditional Jiangnan Tour which is good for those who had taken such a tour in the past.

The flight timings for Singapore Airlines are very good as well flying off from Singapore in the morning and arriving Shanghai in the afternoon and departing Shanghai in the afternoon and arriving Singapore before 11 pm.

Whether tourists would be pressured into buying stuff during the tour, you will have to check with the Dynasty Travel to confirm. But for under S$800 to stay in local 5 stars hotels for 7 nights in major cities flying on Singapore Airlines with almost all meals provided, it may be worth the risk. Of course, there will be tips for the tour guide and driver in China costing around 320 RMB per person for the whole tour which is not very significant.

This tour package from Dynasty Travel may be booked online. However, the price for the package could be limited to only a certain number for those scheduled travel dates after which the price might go up.

This tour is ideal for those who don’t wish to plan anything and just wish to get out of Singapore for a week to enjoy late autumn and winter months in China with air travel, transfers, hotels and meals plus tour itineraries to tourist attractions all included at a very affordable cost.

If you haven’t visited China, you will be amazed at how prosperous the country is and how much the country has to offer. For a hassle free tour at a reasonable cost, especially when you are too busy to plan anything, this tour around Shanghai Cities might be an eye-opener for you and your family.

So happy tour shopping for your year-end holidays…


NATAS Fair July 2015

The second NATAS Fair for this year has just started today from 31 July to 2 August. The venue is Singapore Expo Halls 3B & 4. Time for this fair is from 10 am to 9 pm daily.

We paid a quick visit before noon to collect more brochures and maps. It wasn’t crowded at all. Perhaps it was still very early. More visitors should be coming in especially during the weekends as admission is free. In addition, there are other events held at the Singapore Expo as well. The SG50 Consumer Electronics Expo 2015 at Hall 5 had quite a good crowd when we were there.

Gone were the days, even last year, where snaking long queues were formed even before the NATAS Fair opening where it would take quite a while just to get to a counter to pay $4 for admission into the fair. This time round though admission is free, the crowd is absent. The many major travel companies that broke away and formed their rival Travel Revolution Fair apparently has significantly affected attendance for the NATAS Fair.

Middle of the Fair
Middle of the Fair
Trafalgar Booth
Trafalgar Booth

There are still a few travel companies participating in this fair. Noticeably, bigger companies like ASA Holidays has taken a much bigger space at the fair. Besides travel companies, travel promotion boards and associations have set up booths at the fair as well. Of course, cruise companies have booths at the fair too.

ASA Holidays
ASA Holidays
Universal Travel
Universal Travel
Scenic Travel
Scenic Travel
Airelated Travel
Airelated Travel
UOB Travel and Princess Cruises
UOB Travel and Princess Cruises

Some airlines do have booths at the fair; in particular, the lesser known Druk Air for Bhutan is having a promotion for flights to Bhutan. We went to the Air New Zealand booth and had a chat with a friendly staff there. Air New Zealand is now sharing code with SIA so there are now more options for flights to New Zealand.

Airlines and Travel Organization Booths
Airlines and Travel Organization Booths
S Travel
S Travel

As for car rental companies, Avis and Hertz are not participating this time having had their events held at the Travel Revolution Fair a week a ago. Only Budget Car Rental has a booth there.

What we found really useful was maps and brochures collected from Travel Organizations. We had another collections of maps for Taiwan and additional information on transportation as well.

Taiwan Visitors Association
Taiwan Visitors Association
Thailand Tourism
Thailand Tourism

There is also a booth of good size promoting China where maps and books for different regions are available. We were also given a DVD for China tourism which would no doubt be useful especially for DIY tour to China. Unfortunately, maps and other information for Yunnan where we needed were not available at the booth.

NATAS Fair ASA Holidays Lucky Draw
NATAS Fair ASA Holidays Lucky Draw

In the past, we would spent hours at the fair deciding which tour to book and having to find a quiet corner to compare prices and itineraries. Today, we spent less than 30 minutes at the fair which is a bit sad.


Anyway, if you have nothing much to do during this weekend, head down to the NATAS Fair for a look. There could be deals which might be of interest to you, especially if you have not bought any tours for the year end school holidays during the Travel Revolution Fair at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre last weekend.


Travel Revolution Fair July 2015 Update

We made a quick trip to the Travel Revolution Fair during lunch break on the first day. Exiting Bayfront MRT station, it is better to follow the sign to Marina Bay Sands where you will reach the Convention Halls all the way indoor. If you follow the other sign to the Convention Centre, you will need to exit the building and come in again into the Convention Centre.

Main Entrance into the Convention Centre
Main Entrance into the Convention Centre

It was not very crowded yet when we arrived shortly after noon. The fair is very well organized. You may collect the brochures from different travel agents of your choice along the way into the halls on the left. On the right just before the entrance into the hall, you may also get a copy of the special travel sections from the local papers.

The exhibition booths are well spread out with plenty of walking space. Previously during the Natas Fairs, sometimes due to large crowd present, it would take a little effort to navigate around the different booths. You may also have to queue and wait before a staff can attend to you. As it wasn’t crowded yet, it was very pleasant to shop around different travel agents to collect more travel brochures.

Famous World Tours Booth
Famous World Tours Booth

Since we still have the Christmas week unplanned, we went to a few major travel agents to enquire about travel packages to China, in particular, Shanghai and surrounding cities just to relax, eat and shop during the tour. The first ten participants enjoy 1 for 1 deals at very attractive prices where a few had already made their bookings even before we enquired.

The staff there were generally very patient and helpful. Only one smaller agency didn’t seem to be very prepared and ready when we approached them. One lady staff was eating her lunch while the other two male staffs were not the right person to handle our enquiries.

Many Travel Agents in the middle of the Convention Hall
Many Travel Agents in the middle of the Convention Hall

So having collected a few itineraries and gotten the pricing from these different travel agents, we are going to make some comparison and serious deliberation whether we should go ahead and book a package tour to occupy our Christmas week instead of staying at home with the children going places on their own.

Dynasty Travel Booth
Dynasty Travel Booth
EU Asia Booths with Korean Promoters
EU Asia Booths with Korean Promoters

We also managed to collect very useful information and maps from the Taiwan Tourism Bureau. The staff was very kind to help us sort out a collection of different maps and gave us a nice carrier to bring home.

Taiwan Travel Bureau
Taiwan Travel Bureau
Taiwan Travel Bureau
Taiwan Travel Bureau
Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau
Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau

As we ran out of time, we didn’t even manage to purchase travel insurance for our upcoming trips in October and November. We could actually purchase the travel insurance with any of those travel agents but we were too busy with our enquiries regarding our packaged tours. Anyway, we could still make our purchase online for travel insurance during this period to enjoy the substantial discounts.

Cruise and Trafalgar Booths
Cruise and Trafalgar Booths

We saw the two car rental companies Avis and Hertz next to each other near the entrance.

Avis Car Rental
Avis Car Rental
Hertz Car Rental
Hertz Car Rental

By the time we left, more visitors were streaming in. Some might be taking advantage of the lunch break to do a quick survey of the fair and collect some brochures just like us. With the weekend coming, the exhibition halls will no doubt be packed with holidays shoppers trying to secure bookings for their year end vacations.


So if you wish to enjoy great discounts, you need to go early and be among the first ten participants for the planned date of those tours where 1 for 1 deals are available.

Enjoy your tours shopping this weekend …