Singapore’s largest consumer travel fair, the NATAS Travel Fair, is back this weekend with its 2018 edition! Happening from March 23rd to 25th, travellers can expect over 700 booths put up by travel agents, airlines, hotels and cruise operators. Before you brave the crowd this weekend, here’s an essential guide to help you survive the Fair!
Venue: Singapore Expo Hall 4 and 5A
Time: 10 am to 9.30 pm
Highlights and Stage Programmes:
- NATAS Grand Draw – the highlight of NATAS Fair every year! Every $500 spent at the fair give you a chance to win the top prize of a pair of Singapore Airlines Business Class return tickets to Sydney worth $14,000! A 10 days trip to Prague, Vienna and Budapest, European cruise, air tickets, staycations and vouchers are up for grabs too.
- Mastercard® cardholders get double the chances at the NATAS Grand Draw. Plus, the top three winners who charge their travel purchases to Mastercard cards will win a 3D2N Priceless Holiday in addition to the NATAS Grand Draw prize. A minimum of S$2,000 charged to your Mastercard card at NATAS Travel 2018 entitles cardholders to 1 gift.
- Stage performances – discover the different cultures over the world with performances of Bavarian music, Indonesian cultural dances and martial arts from Uzbekistan. For exact show timings, please refer here.
For those with a travel destination in mind, you can find out more about the individual promotions brought to you by the different travel agents. Some highlights include trips to view the Northern Lights by EU holidays, unique USA tour destinations by Travel 21, discovering the Australian Outback by Dynasty Travel and seeing a different side of Japan by the Japan Pavilion.
If you find that Expo is a little far to get to, you do have an alternative travel fair to go to – Travel Revolution Fair. The fair is happening on 23rd to 25th March, 11 am to 930 pm at Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre Hall E. While the fair is much smaller than the NATAS Fair, it may be less crowded if that’s what you prefer.
For those who have never visited the NATAS Fair or similar travel expos like Travel Revolution and wonder why it’s worth braving the crowd, here’s why:
1. Great Discounts from travel agents
Seasoned travellers love The NATAS Fair and Travel Revolution because of the generous amount of discounts you can get at these Fairs. If you already know the destinations you are keen on, it makes even better sense because you’re likely to have done some research on your own and can compare the prices directly.
2. Credit Card discounts
Since travel expenses are usually quite a large amount, it is anticipated that savvy Singaporeans will use their credit cards to earn reward points, cash rebates or increase the travel miles they are getting. Mastercard is the official sponsor for NATAS this year, so using your Mastercard for any booking can help you increase your chances at the NATAS Grand Draw!
3. Freebies Galore
Not only do you get to enjoy lots of discounts on travel packages, you can expect to return home with all sorts of freebies like travel luggage, shopping vouchers and even limousine rides! You’ll also get to enjoy your time there watching free performances and participate in the individual lucky draws put up by the exhibitors themselves.
4. All-in-1 stop
Instead of planning the entire trip on your own, the travel agencies make it really easy for you since they’ve got it all planned for you! Most agents offer a travel itinerary that’s already planned out; if you are not really into group travel tours, look out for those that offer free-and-easy packages or even private tour packages.
Enjoy all that’s taking place at this weekend at both the NATAS Fair and Travel Revolution Fair and remember to get your travel insurance ready before you go on that dream trip!
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