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MBS WILL NOT HONOR LOW PRICE ROOMS DUE TO WEBSITE GLITCH

Several customers who booked rooms at Marina Bay Sands (MBS) for bargain low prices at $70 a night were left outraged after the hotel emailed them and told them they would instead have to pay over $450 for them, with a $100 credit off their final bill.

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UNDERWATER WORLD SINGAPORE TO CLOSE ON 26 JUN THIS YEAR

For those of you who still remember going to Underwater World Singapore when they were younger, now might be the time to revisit the attraction before it closes. According to park operator Haw Par, the Underwater World Singapore is set to close on 26 Jun. The attraction's pink dolphins, fur seals and otters have been sent to Chimelong Ocean Kingdom in Zhuhai China.

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FALL IN S'POREAN TOURISTS VISITING MALAYSIA IN FIRST HALF OF 2015

According to Malaysian Tourism Minister Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, there has been a fall in the number of Singaporean tourists who visit Malaysia. With the decrease, Malaysia now has to think up of new ways to attract Singaporeans to Malaysia again, he says. In his speech at the opening of the Travel Malaysia Fair on Friday, Mr Nazri revealed that the number of Singaporeans visiting Malaysia fell by 8.6% during the 1st 3 months of the year. The overall number for the whole year is expected to see a similar decline.

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SOUTH KOREA OFFERS TO PAY S$120,000 TO TOURISTS WHO DIE FROM MERS

In the wake of the worst disease epidemic to strike South Korea in decades, the South Korean government has come up with a desperate measure to soften the blow on the country's tourism industry. In an initiative that will begin next Monday (22nd June), the South Korean government will pay tourists S$4,039, as well as cover all medical and vacation expenses incurred by tourists if they contract the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). If the tourist succumbs to the disease, South Korea will pay 100 million won (S$120,000) to the family of the deceased tourist.

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SABAH CONSIDERS BARRING CHILDREN UNDER 15 FROM MT KINABALU

Sabah State Education director Datuk Jame Alip says that the state is considering only restricting children under 15 from climbing Mount Kinabalu. This comes after the tragic death of 6 children in the 5th June earthquake which claimed 16 lives. Jame says that he has spoken about this matter to Malaysian Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun.

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PAP GOVT TO REVAMP ORCHARD ROAD TO ATTRACT MORE TOURISTS

The country’s glitzy shopping district might be in for an overhaul this year, as part of the government’s attempt to boost flagging visitor numbers. Second Minister for Trade and Industry S Iswaran noted in parliament that the Orchard Road precinct will be rejuvenated as part of the Singapore Tourism Board’s (STB) efforts to refresh the city’s tourism assets.

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TAMPINES MP IRENE NG: SINGAPORE SHOULD NOT BECOME A LUXURY CITY FOR THE RICH

As Singapore becomes more cosmopolitan, it should try to avoid becoming a generic luxury city no different from other cities. Member of Parliament for Tampines GRC Irene Ng cited Orchard Road as an example. The shopping belt is lined with luxury shops which are similar to those in London, New York or Paris. Ms Ng added that these shops sell branded goods that are usually beyond the budget of the average Singaporean.

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