Hotels in Sentosa renovate, restructure to reap benefits from IR openingHotels in Sentosa renovate, restructure to reap benefits from IR opening

Hotels in Sentosa are riding on the latest wave to hit the island – the opening of Resorts World Sentosa (RWS).

Some have even closed down for renovations to ride on the expected increase in visitors.

Rasa Sentosa Resort has been on the island for 17 years, and had been renovated only once. It is time for a major makeover to prepare for the increased business that is likely to be generated from the buzz of the integrated resort.

After RWS opened, Rasa Sentosa saw occupancy rates rise by 10 per cent. The hotelier feels it is worth spending almost 10 months on renovations.

Ben Bousnina, general manager, Rasa Sentosa Resort said: “I think it is a good time to close now. I don’t think we are really missing the boat. Business, I think, will be flowing.

“The integrated resort is not seen as competition. I think it is an added value to the island and to Singapore.”

Another hotel company is also cashing in on the excitement from the integrated resort. Millennium & Copthorne International will open its sixth local branch on Sentosa this year.

Ng Chee Theam, regional CEO, Millennium & Copthorne International said: “Overall the casino has increased the occupancy percentage of hotels in Singapore – average rate has increased. And also, we saw an increase in length of stay for all the guests in Singapore.”

The group is working with Universal Studios to offer holiday packages for families.

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 13 Mar 2010

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