[Update] Natas Fair 2014 will be held from 28 February to 2 March 2014 at the Singapore Expo Halls 3, 4 and 5A.
The Natas Fair is the biggest travel fair in Singapore. At this year’s event, there would be more than 120 exhibitors from the airlines, banks, car rental companies, cruises, hotel/resorts, national tourism organisations, travel agents, travel insurance companies and other travel related companies.
Demand for Japan Tours Expected to Rise
You will find many regional tourism organisations, from Okinawa to Hokkaido, at the Japan Pavilion. Beside attract first-time visitors, they are promoting new destinations to attract holidaymakers to re-visit Japan and experience other parts of the country.
With the falling YEN, demand for tour packages to Japan are expected to be on the rise and exceed the pre-tsunami level. Since the previous Natas Fair in August, local travel agencies such as ASA Holidays, Chan Brothers Travel, CTC Travel, Dynasty Travel and etc. had been aggressively promoting Japan and introducing new places of interest outside Tokyo.
As for group tours to Europe, the demand remain strong. With middle-eastern airlines such as Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways competing for more passengers, the prices of Europe tour packages to popular destinations e.g. France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland remain competitive.
Free-and-Easy Packages and Customized Tours
With new routes opening up to more countries by budget airlines such as Scoot Airlines, Air Asia, Jetstar and Tiger Airways, more people are booking flights+hotels packages online and choose to go on Free-and-Easy packages to Bangkok, Bali, Hong Kong, Taipei, Tokyo and etc.
At the Natas Fair, there are a wide range of free-and-easy, DIY and even customized packages offered by large travel agencies as well as the smaller “boutique” travel agents which specialize in certain countries.
As for senior travellers with more disposable cash and time to travel, there are more than 12 travel agencies offering customized tours with more comfort and luxury but slow and relaxed pace.
Pre Natas Fair Promotion
In the run-up to the Natas Fair, all major travel agencies will organize their own mini travel fair popular known as Pre-Natas Fair about 4 to 5 weeks prior to the actual event to pre-sell the tour packages. Typically, the prices for the not-yet-confirmed-to-depart tours are cheaper than those confirmed tours selling at the actual Natas Fair.