The pandemic has hit Singapore’s heritage neighbourhoods particularly hard. With inbound tourism at a standstill, and work-from-home the norm for nearly two years, areas that relied on international visitors and patrons from surrounding office blocks are suffering from diminished footfall. What will it take to keep our most prized areas alive. One possible answer: heritage staycations.
Think about it: chances are you’ve done the Sentosa blowouts and brand-name city getaways and are once again yearning to trade your life for a different one, if only for a few days. Located in old buildings, nestled in historic enclaves and rubbing shoulders with local eateries and businesses, heritage staycations are novel experiences hiding in plain sight.
Heritage staycations give you the chance to immerse yourself in the city’s most iconic neighbourhoods like a true inhabitant. Perhaps more importantly, an influx of staycationers can positively impact the local shops and eateries that have lost business in recent months.