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Europe hottest destination at Natas travel fair

Europe has again proved to be a popular travel destination for Singaporeans at the Natas travel fair, which ran from last Friday till yesterday.
MyPaper - August 27, 2012
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Europe hottest destination at Natas travel fair Europe has again proved to be a popular travel destination for Singaporeans at the Natas travel fair, which ran from last Friday till yesterday.

Europe has again proved to be a popular travel destination for Singaporeans at the Natas travel fair, which ran from last Friday till yesterday.

The fair, held at the Singapore Expo - at which Europe was the top-selling destination - saw a total of 65,822 visitors, and racked up total sales of $108 million, up 8 per cent from last year's $100 million.

Mr Alvin Ang, managing director of EU Holidays, said that Europe's popularity has increased in the past two years and is still on the rise, thanks to the weak euro.

Many airlines have also lowered their rates for long-haul destinations, he added.

It is not just the big agencies that are offering Europe packages these days.

Year-old Gute Reise is one small outfit offering "a la carte" itineraries to German- speaking countries. Chief travel officer Chun Yuen Hoy said that many of those travelling to Germany with mainstream travel agents extend their trips through Gute Reise, in order to get a fuller experience of the country.

Ergo: Travel, run by Mr Eu Chai Huang, offers trips to far-flung locales in Italy, where the 50-year-old studied and lived.

"There are country specialists in Britain, America, Australia and Canada," he said. "But country specialists in Singapore - that's something quite new."

Engineer Soh Zhaohong, 30, and physiotherapist Teo Gin, 27, were spotted shopping for European honeymoon packages.

"We've done a lot of travelling in Asia, so we thought, maybe, we should explore some place farther away," said Ms Teo.

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