Singapore Tourism Board launches support measures for assisting the tourism industry

Published on : Thursday, February 27, 2020

Singapore Tourism Board and leading trade associations have launched a number of support measures for the tourism industry for easing the economic impact of the corona virus outbreak.

 

The latest initiatives are led by Singapore Tourism Board (STB), SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) and Workforce Singapore (WSG), along with the Singapore Hotel Association (SHA) and the Food, Drinks and Allied Workers Union (FDAWU).

 

Support measures would be rolled out to diminish potential retrenchment, upskill workers and redesign jobs for preparing the sector when business demand returns.

 

Tourism companies will receive support for upgrading the capabilities of their workers through the Training Industry Professionals in Tourism (TIP-iT) fund that will pay 90% of training course fees and trainer fees up from the previous 50% cap.

 

Funding for absentee payroll will also be increased from SGD4.50/hour to 90% of the worker’s hourly basic salary, capped at SGD10/hour.

 

Training programmes will include courses in digital marketing.

 

More than SGD5 million will provide assistance for a Job Redesign Place-and-Train Programme for the Hotel Industry and a new Digital Marketing Place-and-Train Programme.

 

Tourist guides will get wage support of SGD1,000 over three months to sustain their basic living expenses. Tourist guides must be licensed, would need to be a Singapore citizen or permanent resident, and self-employed. Applications for assistance can be filed 1 March to 30 April 2020.

 

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