Buying spree in Singapore

30 Jun 2008 by business traveller

It's not too late to cash in on the Great Singapore Sale (GSS), now in its 15th year of providing tempting offers and exciting events.

The last day is August 20 and until then, discounts are up to 70 percent on a wide range of products, including S$15 (US$11) deals to mark the milestone of having reached 15. Over 200 stores, spas, restaurants, attractions and nightspots are participating in the promotion. Around 11 major stores and malls in Orchard Road, Marina Bay and city fringe areas are extending their trading hours to up to 2300 or midnight on weekends.

Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of these extra benefits:

• Best Buys of the Season – generous discounts on Tech Toys, Timepieces, Beauty & Scents;

• Hot Deals – attractive incentives such as instant rebates and gifts with purchase to reward visitors who spend at the GSS;

• Tourist Privilege Card – gives visitors the chance to enjoy exclusive sightseeing, dining, clubbing and pampering. This year, big-name fashion brands such as Topshop, Topman, Warehouse, Miss Selfridge, Karen Millen and Ben Sherman will be offering 50 percent discount.

• Partner Promotions – exclusive tourist privileges from MasterCard, Global Refund, Premier Tax Free and DHL. With each transaction made during the sale with MasterCard, shoppers automatically get a chance to win S$1,000 (US$731). Any purchase over S$300 (US$219) made on MasterCard will generate a free S$25 (US$18) taxi voucher.

Other incentives include Global Refund cheques, available at affiliated stores displaying the Tax Free Shopping logo, on purchases of at least S$100 (US$73). These can be used to claim tax back for more savings and will entitle shoppers to win more bonus giveaways. DHL is also offering a Tourist Express promotion of up to S$20 (US$15) off shipments until July 31.

There are two other promotions: Uniquely Family Fun 1+1=3 (until August 31) where when purchasing two adult tickets, one child aged 12 or below will enjoy free admission to 16 attractions across Singapore and the Singapore Food Festival (until July 27).

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