Singapore’s tourism transformation continues with new developments to its multi-billion dollar Integrated Resorts: the opening of South East Asia’s first Universal Studios Theme Park on March 18 and the first phase of Marina Bay Sands on April 27.
The opening of Universal Studios Singapore complements Resorts World Sentosa current slew of attractions which began operating in January this year. Universal Studios Singapore brings to life the best movie-themed attractions packed within seven zones ranging from Hollywood, Far Far Away™ to Sci-Fi City™ and The Lost World™.
The park features 24 thrilling rides and attractions, 18 of which have been specially designed for Universal Studios Singapore, including the world’s ONLY Madagascar theme park, creating a fun-packed destination for both the young and the young at heart. On April 27 the first-phase of Marina Bay Sands will be launched, with the opening of 963 hotel rooms, part of the designer shopping mall and convention centre, as well as six celebrity chef restaurants and a casino, offering a luxurious experience for all travellers.
The second phase, which includes the Sands SkyPark™, the Event Plaza along Marina Bay, more shops from the world’s leading retailers, additional dining options, and exciting nightlife, will open on June 23 as part of the property’s grand opening celebration. These world-class resorts are part of Singapore’s strategy to reinvent itself and are expected to further boost traveller numbers from the Middle East in 2010, on the back of a 2.7 percent rise in visitor arrivals from the region last year.
Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is forecasting a total of 11.5 million to 12.5 million guests will visit the garden city this year – up from 9.7 million in 2009, with a rise in tourism receipts to between $17.5 –S$18.5 billion.
“2010 will be a landmark year for Singapore’s tourism sectors with our Integrated Resorts adding to an already compelling suite of tourism attractions. I am confident that Singapore will attract an increasing number of travellers from the Middle East as they continue to discover Singapore’s array of enriching experiences,” commented Jason Ong, Area Director for the Middle East and Africa, STB.
In 2010, Singapore is also looking forward to the honour of hosting the first-ever Youth Olympics Games, which takes place between 14-26 of August, just one month ahead of the Singapore Formula One night race, the only night race on the Formula One race calendar.