Travel News Tech & Gear Airbnb Teamed Up with Singapore's Tourism Board to Offer New Virtual Experiences Singapore's borders may be closed right now, but you can still visit Written by Katherine Alex Beaven Instagram Katherine Alex Beaven is a freelance news writer for TripSavvy. She’s lived abroad in Italy, Japan, South Africa, and Australia. Tripsavvy's Editorial Guidelines Katherine Alex Beaven Updated 10/23/20 Share Pin Email Courtesy of Airbnb As the pandemic continues on around the globe and many borders remain tight or completely closed to foreign travelers, tourism industries are feeling the pinch—but two of its major players have found a way to navigate through this tough time. Back in April, home-sharing giant Airbnb pivoted slightly during the pandemic and began virtual versions of its Experiences portfolio with their new Online Experiences offerings, a move that aimed to give hungry travelers a taste of travel while also helping to support struggling tourism providers large and small around the globe. In August, Airbnb partnered with NYC's famous Broadway theater district to help create a collection of virtual experiences that bring the theater to fans through cast meet-and-greets, sing-a-longs, story times, and more. Now, Airbnb has teamed up with the Singapore Tourism Board to help travelers immerse themselves in the Lion City' s unique culture and tourism offerings without ever leaving their homes. This new partnership, which was announced on Oct. 21, highlights Singapore as a top Online Experiences destination, giving the country a first-of-its-kind dedicated Singapore Virtual Trips page on Airbnb's website, where guests can easily book affordable “trips” to Singapore and experience everything “from Michelin-starred heritage fusion to crazy rich experiences” hosted by top-notch Singaporean tourism operators. “I have personally enjoyed Airbnb’s Singaporean cooking Experiences and know that such Experiences unlock new ways to discover Singapore through its greatest natural resource—its people,” Chris Lehane, Airbnb's Senior Vice President of Policy and Communications, in a statement. “And it is through using the Airbnb platform to showcase the incredible people of Singapore to the world that, working in partnership with the Singapore Tourism Board, we can help support the recovery of international tourism.” Current virtual offerings include a bingo-themed exploration through Singapore, a visit to one of the city's unique Peranakan homes, cocktail and cooking classes, a guided sound bath meditation, and a sustainability-focused tour at the Cloud Forest in Gardens by the Bay. “This is an exciting new way for Gardens by the Bay to continue to delight people, enabling us to connect with friends and fans around the world,” said Online Experience host Chad Davis, who is also Deputy Director of the Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay. “I look forward to sharing my passion for our Cloud Forest and helping virtual visitors rediscover the region’s most extraordinary cooled conservatory through this unique virtual format.” The two organizations are planning to expand the partnership to include in-person Airbnb Experiences that will immerse travelers in local dining, nature, wellness, and arts experiences. The hope is that more and more local tourism businesses will be able to take their businesses online and offer virtual visits, ideally getting people psyched on visiting Singapore in the flesh—and maybe taking a ride on the world’s longest flight to get there—once borders reopen. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Share Pin Email Tell us why! Submit Smithsonian’s New Alliance Will Launch Themed Educational Cruises Around the Globe 20 Solo Trips in 2020: I Traveled Solo During COVID-19 How the U.S. National Park Service Prioritized Nature Over Indigenous People Work from Home, or Wherever, with Airstream’s New Flying Cloud Model What Is the Future of Couchsurfing? You Should Travel Alone in 2021 and Here's Why How Tourism Boards in Southeast Asia Have Been Turning to Sustainable Travel After a Year of No Cruises, We Finally Have a Comeback Date The Best Woman-Owned Brands to Shop Today and Everyday Bike Travel Is Surging Around the World. Will It Last? 10 Travel Trends We're Looking Forward to in 2021 The Ongoing Debate of “Last Chance Tourism” I Survived Lockdown in London by Going on 6-Hour Walks Why This Gay Man Prefers to Travel Solo 11 Self-Guided and Virtual Black History Tours Is Thailand Ready to Reopen Its Borders to Tourists?