NATAS Fair 2013
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When: Feb 22 - 24, 2013 (Fri to Sun), 10am to 9.30pm
Where: Singapore Expo Halls 4 & 5 (View floor plan)
Admission: $4.00 (adults), children below 12 (free)
Expected: 65,000 (estimated)
Organized by: National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS)
The most sort after Travel Fair in Singapore.
Bargain hunters will have fewer travel fairs to suss out holiday deals this year. The National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS) is doing away two additional fairs, NATAS journeys Summer and Winter, that it launched last year.
Held in May and October, they were organized in top of the usual bi-annual NATAS travel fairs in February and August to cater the last-minute bookings for the mid year and end-of-year school holidays. more...
But consumers can take heart because fewer fairs is not necessarily a bad thing. That is because the travel packages offered at NATAS journeys were slightly more expensive than those at the Natas Travel Fairs.
The reason: What was offered at Natas Journeys were leftover packages from the earlier Natas Travel Fairs. Because bookings were made so close to the departure dates, prices were naturally higher.
This year's Natas Travel Fair will be held from February 25-27 at Singapore Expo's Hall 4 and 5. The focus will be on South America as travel agents take advantage of Singapore Airlines' new trice-weekly direct flights to Sao Paulo Brazil, which start next month. Visitors can also look forward to the usual discounts offered at Natas Travel Fairs, such as one-for-one travel deals.
Natas chief executive Robert Khoo says many agencies had complained that having two extra travel fairs within a year stretched their budgets and strained manpower resources, A poll of eight travel agencies by Life! confirmed this.
CTC Travel spokesman Alicia Seah says her travel agency budgets about $500,000 for each of the usual bi-annual Natas fairs. Last year, the agency had cough up and additional $125,000 for each of the two Natas Journeys events. She says: "If you don't join the fairs, you are afraid that you might miss out on consumer demand."
Mr. Khoo says a group made up mainly of the industry's major players came together to ask that Natas revert to holding just two fairs a year. Natas agreed, on condition that the agencies do not participate in non-Natas Travel fairs. They can however, organize thier own roadshows.
Mr. Khoo admits that the "in-between fairs" did not serve any other objective aside from selling off tours seats left over from the bigger Natas fairs.
However, travel bargain hunters such as Mr. Daniel Lee, a manager at an electricity generation company, says the extra Natas Journeys fairs were good for those unable to confirm their annual leave in advance. The 34-year-old booked a holiday to Egypt at the Natas Journeys Fair last October.
In spite of having to pay a slightly higher price, he says: "I know that the tour is confirmed and will definitely run since these were leftover unsold seats."
In the meantime, consumers who still want more options can look out for fairs organized by individual travel agents this week. SA tours is holding its Sensational Mega Travel Sale 2011 on Saturday and Sunday at Suntec Entertainment Centre Atrium, and Chain Brothers Travel Fair will be on Sunday at Suntec Singapore Level 3 Concourse. UOB Travel's on going Spring to Summer Holidays Sale at nex@Serangoon Central will end on Sunday.
Chan Brothers marketing communications manager Jane Chang says organizing its own fairs has helped the company to be more cost effective and keep travel package prices low for travellers.
Natas Travel Deals 2012 (to be announced..)
CHAN BROTHERS TRAVEL
What: 16-day Wonders of South America
Price: From S$10,636 for the first traveller, S$8,646 for the second traveller
Highlights: Argentina, Chile and Brazil.
Natas 2011 booth no.: 5H39
Contact: Call 6212-9660
What: 14-day South America Tour
Price: From $10,141 (twin-share), S$500 discount a person
Highlights: Iguazu Falls, Machu Picchu, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro and Lima.
Natas 2011 booth no.: 5H21
Contact: Call 6533-3922
What: Seven-day Korea West Coast Explorer
Price: From S$1,218 a person
Highlights: Ride on South Korea's high-speed rail and see the twin-peaks of Mount Maisan.
Natas 2011 booth no.: 5H38
Contact: Call 6536-3995 or email
What: 7D6N Discover Hiroshima, Kyoto and Tottori
Price: Fr S$3,503 a person
Highlights: Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites. Includes flight on Singapore Airlines and domestic flights between Hiroshima and Haneda.
Natas 2011 booth no.: 5H02
Contact: Call 6252-6822 or go to UOBTravel.com
What: 12 days USA East Coast plus highlights of Canada
Price: Fr S$3,198 a person
Highlights: Visit New York City and sightsee in Candian cities Ottawa and Montreal.
Natas 2011 booth no.: 5H09
Contact: Call 6535-8911
What: 9D7N New Zealand Autumn Trail
Price: From S$3,496 a person, S$200 off a couple for OCBC card members (first five couples)
Highlights: Go for a star-gazing night tour, see autumn foliage and experience the Tasman Glacier onboard a Glacier Explorer Adventure.
Natas 2011 booth no.: 5H17
Contact: Call 6532-3833
What: All GAP Adventures Land PAckages
Price: Up to 25% off, save up to S$1,520
Highlights: Adventure itinerary for between 10 and 15 people to anywhere in the world.
Natas 2011 booth no.: 5H26
Contact: Go to
What: 16D15N Magnificent Italy Tour, Nov 20 to Dec 5, land package (flights not included)
Price: From S$4,480 a person (twin-share), including a special S$510 discount
Highlights: Tours of places such as Rome, Assisi, Florence, Venice, Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo, and the chance to sample autumn fruit and vegetables.
Natas 2011 booth no.: 4H17
Contact: Call 3157--1337 or go to www.ergo-travel.com
DIVE ASIA NOW
What: Dive Holiday Deals all year round!
Price: S$1,299 to S$4,999
Highlights: Scuba Diving in Sipadan, Manado, Maldives
Contact: Only available on diveasianow.com
Natas Fair 2013 Floor plan