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Welcome to Betel Box Backpackers Hostel! We hope that you have enjoyed your visit to our hostel and have gained some knowledge about the trends of budget tourism into Singapore and to our community.
The Betel Box Backpacker Hostel in Singapore is located in the heart of Geylang Serai, Joo Chiat and Katong- Crossroads of Malay, Peranakan, Eurasian, Indian and Chinese cultures of Singapore. We are a short walk away from East Coast Beach and next door to some of the most popular eateries in Singapore.
1. What is a Backpackers’ Hostel?
Backpacker Hostels are usually associated with dormitory styled bedrooms with bunk beds and shared facilities. While backpackers usually are not able to afford luxuries during their travels, this does not mean they do not appreciate culture, heritage, religion, nature, arts and foods. To reinforce this, a large majority of backpackers are university graduates and there is a trend of mid-careers travellers seeking hostel type accommodations.
The core of a successful backpackers’ hostel is that of its community and its communal environment. Backpackers are keener to meet with local people and more inclined to learn about the history and culture of a community.
Good travel experience leads to repeated visits in the future when these travellers would become established in their careers and have a higher disposable income.
2. Driving international awareness to tourism in Singapore
The Betel Box Hostel has been in operation for more than 4 years and has welcomed over 15,000 individual travellers from over 80 nationalities through our doors. For over 4 years we have maintained a top 2 ranking of hostels in Singapore; rated independently by travellers; currently in top position scoring 87% level of satisfaction. (Source: hostels.com, 27 Aug 2007)
Changi International Airport has maintained its position as a strategic international travel hub and with the introduction of budget airlines, air travel has become accessible to most budget travellers. However, the travel experience is not just about shopping centres and themed resorts. Travellers, especially backpackers, are seeking depth of culture and history in their selection of destinations.
The current boom in budget accommodations is just another piece in the travel infrastructure. Taking it forward, sustenance of tourism growth must be met with the promotion of culture and heritage which is uniquely identifiable to Singapore.
The Betel Box Hostel is committed to promoting Singapore as a destination
to backpackers. This translates to creation of our web based guides and
galleries. Our website sees a daily average of over 1200 visitors and our
most popular section on the website is the photo gallery.
3. Reinforcing international awareness to the unique identity of Joo Chiat/ Katong
Joo Chiat, also known as Katong, is the only conservation area in Singapore that has significant representation from all cultures and races inherent of Singapore. This aspect alone deserves promotion as it provides travellers, especially short-stay travellers, a well-rounded introduction to what is Singapore.
The Betel Box Hostel is committed to promoting Joo Chiat, Katong and Geylang Serai to visitors to Singapore. Our weekly free guided foodwalk goes beyond gastronomy discovery and covers architecture, social studies as well as sight seeing. This walk has been very popular not just to our guests but also to travellers reading about our foodwalks from the internet.
Key highlights of the foodwalks include experiencing different cuisines from various popular food stops such as Kim Choo Bak Chang, Katong Laksa, Katong Banana Leaf Indian Restaurant, Dunman Food Centre etc. Moreover, detours into various places of worship such as Sri Senpaga Vinayagar and housing estates such as Haig Road Estate and Marine Parade Town Centre were well received as it provided insights into the lifestyles of Singaporeans.
4. Growth potential of the district, its businesses and the Betel Box
Katong/ Joo Chiat as a conservation landmark and tourist destination is long overdue and our commitment to the district has led to personal involvement with the Katong Heritage and Business Association and other Joo Chiat Community initiatives.
The hostel is run by Travellers for Travellers; we are of similar personalities and interests as our guests.
We hope that our growth will be met with renewed interests from our community.
5. Conclusion and Thank You!
We hope that this visit to the Betel Box has been meaningful and hope that you have acquired some practical knowledge of budget tourism and the potential of our community to travellers.
Thursday, 27 December 2007