Sinking pound creates opportunities and challenges across Singapore

Sterling’s decline to multi-year lows against the Singapore dollar in the wake of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union has presented big questions for companies, individuals, and investors. Channel NewsAsia assesses who might stand to lose or gain in the current conditions.

Travel booking companies Wego.com and TripZilla.com said they saw the developments as a positive for UK-bound Singapore travellers, but a negative for Singapore’s tourism market in the short run.

“We expect there will be a overall drop in inbound tourists from the UK due to weakness in pound and uncertain economic impact of the Brexit. The UK makes up almost 30 per cent of Singapore’s inbound travellers from EU, so we would certainly feel some impact,” said Ms Winnie Tan, CEO, TripZilla.com.

Ms Tan was a shade more circumspect about the numbers of Singaporean tourists looking to take advantage of the cheaper pound.

“We do not expect the number of bookings to skyrocket overnight. Again, drawing comparison to what happened when the Australian dollar fell below parity versus the Sing recently, it will take a while for travellers to react and travel bookings to pour in.”


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Farzana Fattah
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Farzana is a student at Singapore Management University who’s currently wondering what on earth she’s doing with her life. When not nerding out over the latest superhero movie or scrolling through memes on Tumblr, she is almost definitely researching random places across the globe and daydreaming about the next holiday destination. She is inspired by the variety of cultures in the world and hopes to travel to at least fifty countries in her lifetime to experience most of them.

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