January 3 2024  |  Airlines & Airports

Changi Airport stores continue to absorb GST hike in 2024

By Laura Shirk

Selected retailers at Changi Airport are helping shoppers save more through the absorption of any GST increases and a popular ‘2GST’ promotion

Participating retail shops in the public areas of Changi Airport’s four terminals will continue to absorb the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in the New Year. This will apply even as it increases from 8% to 9% from January 1, 2024.

To enjoy the GST savings, shoppers simply need to sign up for the free Changi Rewards loyalty program. For nine days in January, under the ‘2XGST’ promotion, shoppers will also get an additional 9% off their purchases with a minimum net value of S$30 (US$23) after deducting all other discounts. In addition, customers who spend a minimum of S$60 (US$46) and pay using Mastercard via Changi’s digital wallet Changi Pay will receive a S$9 (US$7) Changi Pay return voucher credited to their account.

Phau Hui Hoon, Changi Airport Group’s Vice President for Landside Concessions, said, “We have been working with tenants to absorb GST for retail spend in the stores of our public areas for the past 15 years since 2009 and are glad that this partnership has continued till today. Coupled with the ‘2XGST’ promotion in January, we hope to not only bring our tenants more sales, but also treat shoppers to a little reprieve from the GST hike and spread some cheer ahead of the upcoming festive season.”

First launched in September 2010, the ‘2XGST’ promotion has become one of Changi Airport’s signature campaigns. The promotion period is from January 12-14, January 19-21, and January 26-28, 2024.

Renowned traditional Chinese medicine retailer Eu Yan Sang joins the retail offer at Changi Airport

New shops add vibrance to Terminal 2’s public areas

Since Terminal 2’s (T2) full reopening in November, even more shops have been added to the retail mix of its public areas. Eu Yan Sang, the renowned traditional Chinese medicine retailer, Lynk Fragrances, which specializes in a wide range of scent products, and Baker’s Well, where tasty holiday goodies abound, are just some of the newer retail shops where customers can enjoy GST absorption and the ‘2XGST’ promo while stocking up for the upcoming Lunar New Year season.

While food & beverage outlets are excluded from GST absorption and the ‘2XGST’ campaign, visitors can enjoy a variety of new restaurants at T2. A-Roy Thai, known for its authentic Northeast Thai cuisine has signature dishes like Lemongrass Salad or Steamed Seabass with Spicy and Sour Soup while the Changi-exclusive Thai Crab Curry Rice Noodles is described as a “must-try.” For those hankering for Japanese fare, Ramen Keisuke Singapore showcases Changi-exclusive Bak Kut Teh (pork rib broth) and Laksa (spicy coconut soup) flavours. Ginza Tendon Itsuki’s crunchy yet succulent tempura (fritters) set upon a steaming bed of rice will satisfy any tendon (tempura rice bowl) lover. The mezzanine level of Jones the Grocer, slated to open in January, boasts a restaurant, show kitchen, and island bar with sweeping views of the terminal. Diners can look forward to a myriad of global dishes, pizza straight from a custom-made oven, cocktails, and more.

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