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Published: Thursday January 9, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Thursday January 9, 2014 MYT 7:59:46 AM

Travellers 'can't do without Internet'

SHE travels about 10 times a year for work and leisure to countries like the United States and Japan.

On those trips, accountant Winnie Tan, 45, carries a smartphone and refuses to “disconnect” from the online world.

“I want access to my e-mail even when I’m on holiday,” she said.

“It’s not that my company makes me do it, but I don’t like (having to clear) a backlog when I’m back from my holidays.”

Bank officer A. Tan, 34, said she tried to check her work e-mail every day via her phone while overseas, as there could be urgent messages. She also visits news websites regularly.

“It’s so that I know what’s happe­ning back home when I’m away. It’s important to keep updated,” she said.

A recent Visa survey showed Sing­apore’s affluent travellers want access to Internet banking while on holiday and require constant contact with others.

The 2013 Global Travel Intentions Study surveyed 506 Singapore travellers aged 18 and above in November and December 2012.

It found that affluent travellers – those with monthly household incomes of S$11,000 (RM28,400) or higher – do not “switch off” when they are on holiday.

Affluent Singapore travellers also go abroad more frequently, with an average of seven trips made annually in 2011 and 2012. And they require constant contact with others. — The Straits Times / Asia News Network

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