The Great Singapore Sale (GSS) is back and this year, organisers are very mindful that people are feeling the pinch.
So for the first time, restaurants, hotels and attractions have come forward to make the offers more irresistible. And even though the GSS starts on Friday, shopping lists are already being made.
Yet, most shoppers Channel NewsAsia spoke to say they will try to buy only what they really need.
Thus, organisers want to increase the sense of “value for money” by offering the Great Singapore Feast at participating restaurants, and the Great Singapore Pass at attractions.
Lau Chuen Wei, Executive director of the Singapore Retailers Association, said: “As with any other economic slowdown period, what consumers are looking for is more bang for their buck. They want to stretch their dollar as much as possible, get as much value as they can.
“And it (the GSS) is not just in the retail stores, it also extends to restaurants, to attractions and even to hotels. You get to enjoy all aspects for everybody, whatever your gender, age, the size of your wallet and whether you are a child or a grandparent. There is something for everybody.”
Running till July 26, GSS 2009 is also touted as the only island—wide sale in the region, and tourists can pick up a Tourist Privilege Card to enjoy even bigger bargains.
Last year, Singapore got S$5.8 billion in receipts in June and July, which was S$300 million more than the same period the year before.
The Great Singapore Feast is from June 12 to August 30, while the Great Singapore Pass offers discounts on admissions to attractions island—wide.
Participating hotels will also be offering value 2—day—1—night weekend stays for locals to enjoy affordable “staycations”.