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    Mar 20, 2015

    Get closer to the action with a staycation

    WITH the surprise four-day National Day break, hotels are offering staycation deals to entice Singaporeans and many are expecting brisk business.

    Shangri-La, for instance, launched its fuss-free "Jubilee Weekend" package, exclusively for Singapore citizens - for two nights' stay, the third night is free - just days after the announcement.

    Its vice-president and general manager Reto Klauser said families could enjoy a luxurious staycation and participate in the celebratory activities going on at that time, like performances at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, which is just a 15-minute walk from the hotel.

    For that weekend, Orchard Hotel is offering a 50 per cent discount for every second night's stay. Guests will also enjoy half off the prices of its buffets during their stay.

    Its director of marketing communications Amy Ang told The New Paper they are expecting a higher pick-up rate for their rooms with the extra holiday. About 10 per cent of bookings for that weekend are sold out.

    "We've received a lot of interest on our SG50 packages. During past National Day weekends, we would have about 10 per cent (of) bookings from Singaporeans on staycation. With an extra public holiday this year, we are expecting a pick-up rate of about 30 per cent," Ms Ang said.

    Hotels near the parade venue at the Padang are also reporting quick sales. Their rooms are generally sought-after as people want to catch a bird's eye view of the fireworks.

    Fairmont Singapore and Swissotel The Stamford have received an influx of inquiries on the availability of stay packages during the weekend, while Pan Pacific Singapore said it is planning a customised package to help people take advantage of the extra holiday and the celebratory events in the area.

    Cheryl Ng, marketing director of Pan Pacific Singapore, said: "There will be plenty of festivities around Marina Bay and we intend to create a customised programme guide to further allow guests to take up the package to engage in the fun over the long weekend.

    "To enhance the experience, we are planning lots of dining options that will include Singapore's signature dishes at Edge restaurant over Long Long Lunch, our signature lunch buffet."

    The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, has also come up with a package called Celebrate Singapore, Celebrate You, "to leverage on the jubilant nationwide atmosphere".

    It includes overnight accommodation, buffet breakfast, $50 dining credit, a bottle of champagne and a limited-edition Ritz-Carlton "Singapore 50" lion beanie, starting from $550 a night. Only 25 per cent of the rooms allocated for this package are left, said Courtenay Dundy, the hotel's director of sales and marketing.

    Expecting a spike in demand, Millennium and Copthorne hotels and Resorts World Sentosa said they would be launching packages for that weekend soon.