Saturday, September 16, 2017

Singapore Air eyes ‘fly-cruise’ travellers

Bengaluru: As more young Indians take to global travel, Singapore Airlines, Southeast Asia’s biggest carrier, is planning to cash in on a growing demand in the fly-cruise market to take travellers to exotic locations or take ship rides through rivers and oceans for adventure, David Lim, general manager, India, said in an interview.

“The Indian market is growing very well as we see more and more Indians going overseas,” Mr. Lim said. “There are a lot of Indians going to east-bound markets and we see there are more young people. The fly-cruise market is growing a lot for us. Singapore has a very big cruise centre.

“From Singapore, we have Royal Caribbean crew, Star Cruise, and one can go to Malaysia and Thailand. That market for the Indians is growing,” he said.

In March, Singapore Airlines signed a $26 million partnership with Royal Caribbean International to promote cruising out of Singapore on Caribbean’s ‘Ovation of the Seas’ and ‘Voyager of the Seas’ ships. About 45,000 tourists will be flying between March and June to Singapore to sail on the ships, according to the operator. Royal Caribbean has 72 sailings lined up for the 2017-18 season.
16/09/17 Jay Shankar/The Hindu