This year's edition of the Great Singapore Sale (GSS), which starts today, will not only have shopping deals, but also offer a range of lifestyle activities such as hotel deals and tours.
Now in its 22nd year, the GSS has grown beyond shopping promotions, said Ms Jannie Chan, president of Singapore Retailers Association (SRA), which organises the GSS.
Said Ms Chan: "We have also lined up other exciting promotions ranging from dining to beauty and wellness, hotel stays and even uniquely Singapore tours."
Over 40 hotels are offering special room packages during the eight-week sale, while consumers will be able to get deals on tours such as the daily Explore Singapore Tours, which include a visit to the Merlion Park and Thian Hock Keng Temple, and the thrice-weekly Chinatown Walking Tours.
The sale will also extend beyond brick-and-mortar shops. Shoppers who pay using MasterCard can get discounts on websites such as Expedia, Qoo10, Rakuten and Zalora.
Mr Masaya Ueno, director of Rakuten Asia, said: "There is almost an air of celebration and festivity every year when the Great Singapore Sale comes around, and we wanted to be a part of that by offering some really attractive deals for our customers."
Shoppers can also unlock deals using a Facebook app called the MasterCard Heartometer, which can be accessed via MasterCard Singapore's Facebook page. This app will allow users to unlock deals by clicking on the heart icon under each deal.
Shoppers also stand to win more than $280,000 worth of prizes in the Singapore Press Holdings' Shop & Win contest by spending at least $30 in one receipt at any participating outlet. Two cars, a Subaru Impreza 1.6l-S and Nissan Sylphy 1.8L, are up for grabs.
On each day of the sale, the SRA will give away $500 to one shopper who spends at least $50 in a single receipt. To stand a chance of winning, shoppers must submit an entry for each transaction on the event's website - www.greatsingaporesale.com.sg
The Sale ends on July 26.
This article was first published on May 29, 2015.
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