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     Budget Terminal (Opening on 26 March 2006)

     - $45-million Budget Terminal for low-cost carriers completed

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     Clearance of Travellers through Customs

     - Red and Green Channels for customs clearance


     - Food items individual travellers may bring into Singapore


     Backpacker Groups:



Backpackers Society (Singapore)

101, Dunlop Street Singapore 209420

Registered 25 Mar 2004

     Web sites: backpacking and adventure travelogues by Singapore writer.

New7thStoreyHotel is a budget hotel in the heart of Singapore City - provides alternative, affordable, convenient accommodation. Their rates range from S$15nett(dorm beds) to S$72nett(deluxe rooms). is the Web site of The Prince of Wales - Backpacker Pub, the only backpacker pub in Singapore.



New restrictions for hand-carry luggage on flights departing Singapore

"Singapore will be implementing new aviation security measures for hand-carry luggage on flights departing Singapore from 8 May 2007 (Tuesday), 1200hrs..."



Impact of the two Integrated Resorts in 2010

"Together with the two IRs, these will help us achieve our target to attract 17 million visitors and generate S$30 billion in tourism receipts by the year 2015...

"In terms of manpower, the two IRs combined are expected to create some 50,000 to 60,000 additional jobs throughout the economy when both are fully operational..."



Man to be charged for importing pellet guns

"When asked, the man did not declare any items. Subsequent screening revealed images that appeared to be guns within his baggage. A physical check of his check-in carton revealed 20 sets of pellet guns and 5 bottles of pellets. He was subsequently detained for investigation.

"Police investigated a total of 38 cases involving airsoft guns in 2006. Since the beginning of this year (2007), Police have investigated 21 such cases. Most of these airsoft guns were detected at the airport and other checkpoints, as well as the Singapore Post Centre..."



Pre-bookings for flights on Singapore Flyer

"Fly high for the best view of Singapore for the affordable price of just $29.50! Singaporeans can now snap up the experience of a life-time on the Asia's latest world-class iconic attraction - the Singapore Flyer - at a fraction of the price of tickets on other observation wheels around the world...

"The iconic landmark attraction is set to usher in 2008 with a big bang when operations take flight early 1st quarter..."



$30-million Songs of the Sea opens on Sentosa

"The attraction will run two shows every night, 365 days a year. The open-air styled viewing gallery can comfortably seat 2,500 visitors. Each show lasts 25 minutes..."



Beware of snatch thieves in streets and common areas

"Since the beginning of the year, there have been 124 cases of snatch theft reported. Of these cases, 67 cases involved the stealing of handphones...
"More recently on 6 Mar at about 6.45am, a teenaged male victim lost his handphone to a snatch thief when he was hit on the back of the head whilst walking near Tampines St 41. The culprit picked up the $100 mobile phone that the victim dropped and fled with it..."




Thaipusam Festival 2007

From 6 P.M. On Wed, 31 Jan 2007 to 2 A.M on Fri, 2 Feb 2007


     -  Crazy Horse Paris in Singapore to close

     - Chinatown light-up and bazaar for Chinese New Year



Public transport operators to handle lost & found properties

"With effect from 1 January 2007, the public bus and taxi companies, namely, SBS Transit Ltd, SMRT Buses Ltd, Comfort Transportation Pte Ltd, Yellow-Top Cab Pte Ltd, CityCab Pte Ltd, SMRT Taxis Pte Ltd, Trans-Cab Services Pte Ltd, Smart Automobile Pte Ltd and Premier Taxis Pte Ltd, will handle all properties found in their vehicles and handle all reports on lost and found properties made by their customers and drivers..."



     - Marina Bay and Orchard Road Countdown 2006/2007 events

     - Web surfing in Singapore largely back to normal

     - Damaged undersea cables cause slow Internet access in Singapore

     - Singapore hit by heavy rain and flash floods

     - Central and northeast Singapore experience tremors


     - Genting International and Star Cruises wins Sentosa IR bid


     - Three years of free Wi-Fi for Singapore from 1 Dec 2006


Chingay 2007

23 - 24 Feb 2007


     - US President’s Visit to Singapore

     - Scenic Changi Point coastline opens to the public

     - Police bust foreign housebreaking syndicate

     - Singapore Zoo adds braille interpretives for visually handicapped

     - 15 sleight-of-hand cases reported since January 2006




Two Years of Free Wi-Fi for Singapore

"Come 2007, Singaporeans will be ushering the new year with at least 24 months, or two years, of free (basic tier) wireless connectivity at up to 512 kbps speeds almost everywhere - thanks to IDA's 'Wireless@SG' programme...

"The three operators are extending this two-year free offering with unlimited usage to all residents and visitors in Singapore, including tourists and business travellers. The sign-up details will be made known from December 2006 by the operators..."



Recent outbreaks of norovirus gastroenteritis in two schools

"There has been an increase in the number of persons attending the polyclinics for acute diarrhoea over the past three weeks...

"However, in view of the recent outbreaks of norovirus gastroenteritis in two schools affecting a large number of school children, the Ministry would like to advise the public to be vigilant about diarrhoeal illnesses..."


     - Annual Firewalking Festival 2006

     - National Museum to re-open officially in December 2006

     - Singapore withdraws circulation approval for Far Eastern Economic Review

     - Police bust foreign syndicate using cloned ATM cards

     - Changi Airport's Terminal 2 completes S$240m makeover

     - Bus and train fares to increase by between 1 and 3 cents

     - Singapore tightens security ahead of IMF/World Bank meetings


Proposed Spaceport Singapore to offer commercial suborbital spaceflights

"The focal point of the proposed Spaceport Singapore will be suborbital spaceflights. As each suborbital vehicle reaches its maximum altitude of 100 kilometers, passengers will experience up to five minutes of continuous weightlessness, all the while gazing at the blackness of space set against the horizon of Earth..."



New personalised employment pass not tied to any employer

The Ministry of Manpower will introduce a Personalised Employment Pass (PEP) from 1 January 2007 to help us better attract and retain global talent...

The PEP allows the holder to remain in Singapore for up to six months in between jobs to evaluate new employment opportunities. This helps us to retain selected global talent who would otherwise have to leave Singapore...

The PEP will be issued only once with a validity of 5 years. It will be nonrenewable. A PEP holder will retain the dependant privileges of his original EP type and the minimum annual basic salary requirement of S$30,000 will continue to apply throughout the 5-year duration...


     - New "R18" rating for cabaret shows

     - Police arrest Malaysian for smuggling counterfeit S$1 coins


Subutex a Class A Controlled Drug from 14 Aug 2006

"From 14 August 2006, doctors will not be permitted to prescribe and dispense any take-home dosages for existing patients.

"All patients who require Subutex will have to consume their medication under direct visual observation of the pharmacist, doctor and/or his treatment team on a daily basis1 ."



Subutex to be classified as a controlled drug

"While some heroin addicts appeared to have benefited from Subutex, many others seem to have merely shifted their addiction from heroin to Subutex.

"In addition, many more who have never tried drugs before have become new addicts. Within 4 years of introduction, we now have at least 3800 Subutex users, 45% of them Malay, 43% Chinese and 10% Indian..."


     - No outdoor demonstrations and processions during IMF/WB meetings

     - North East Line resumes normal operation after partial stoppage on 24 Jul 2006


Singapore Crime Situation - First half 2006

"Crimes involving handphones being stolen, which was one of the key concerns in 2005, decreased significantly, from 2,423 to 1,962 cases, in the first half of 2006...

"The drop in handphone crimes, despite the continued high mobile phone penetration rate in Singapore3 , may be in part due to enhanced public education on such crimes as well as tighter enforcement against errant second-hand handphone dealers..."


     - Police bust Orchard Underpass counterfeit syndicates


Singapore to hold large-scale flu pandemic exercise

21-22 Jul 2006

"This large scale exercise will involve over 1,000 personnel from MOH, the Ministry of Education (MOE), home-front and related agencies such as the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), Immigration and Checkpoint Authority (ICA), Maritime Port Authority (MPA) and the People's Association..."


     - SMRT taxi fares to go up from 17 July 2006

     - Police arrest 77 foreigners illegally working as masseuses

     - Newton Food Centre reopens after nine-month makeover


     - Polling Day 6 May 2006 is a public holiday



Thaipusam Festival 2006

10th February 2006 at 6 pm (Friday) to 12th February 2006 at 2 am (Sunday)

There will be a religious foot procession comprising about 20,000 devotees carrying kavadis and their supporters between 12 midnight on Friday, 10th February 2006 and 12 midnight, on Saturday, 11th February 2006.


     - Food items individual travellers may bring into Singapore


     - Singapore Tourism Board launches 'Unique2Me' Photo Contest

     - Changi Airport first outside Europe to welcome the Airbus A380

     - Annual Fire Walking Festival 2005

     - Changi Airport to introduce self-service check-in kiosks in 2006



      - Raffles Hotel to be sold to US-based investment fund


Rehabilitation for first- & second-time synthetic drug abusers

"From 1 July 2005, first- and second-time abusers of MDMA (Ecstasy, Ketamine), Methamphetamine (Ice or Yaba) and Nimetazepam (Erimin-5) will undergo a new rehabilitation regime in Drug Rehabilitation Centres (DRCs)....."


     - Singapore Food Festival 2005 (1 - 31 Jul 2005)

     - Interruption of Cable Car Service


     - S.P.F.G Boutique Cafe opens in Changi Airport Terminal 1


Celebrate Singapore This August!

• Red Hot Deals (month of August)
• Malls at Marina Bay promotions (month of August)

• Carnival@Marina (6 - 14 August)
• Skydive Festival (18 – 21 August)
• Dim Sum Dollies – Singapore’s Most Wanted (5 – 20 August)
• WOMAD (26 – 28 August)


     - Singapore - Asia Pacific's most affordable tourist shopping destination

     - Changi Airport's no-frills terminal ready in early 2006

     - Singapore tourism targeted to net S$30 billion by 2015



More backpacker hostels open here

There are 118 establishments, 13 of which are considered backpacker hostels, offering budget accommodation at a daily rate of S$80 or below, according to the Singapore Tourism Board. Six months ago, there were only four backpacker hostels here.

Source: Straits Times 26 Jul 2004 (H2)


     Previous News



  Jakarta: 187 people, mostly Australian tourists, were killed and 300 others injured when a massive car bomb tore apart a popular nightclub on the tourist island of Bali on Saturday night. The blast took place on the anniversary of the Al-Qaeda-linked attack on the American warship, USS Cole, in Yemen, on 12 Oct 2000. It was the worst act of terror in Indonesia's history. (Straits Times 14 Oct 2002) (10)

  Brisbane: At least 15 backpackers died and three others were feared dead on 23 Jun 2000 after a fire ripped through a historic timber hostel in north-eastern Australia. Most of the victims - 10 Britons, three Australians, two Dutch, a Spaniard, a Korean and a Japanese - were believed to have been trapped upstairs in the two-storey building, when the fire broke out shortly after midnight.