Integrated Resorts in Singapore upbeat about outlook in 2010

Three years in the making and Singapore’s two integrated resorts will finally open soon and the operators are upbeat about the prospects.

Resorts World Sentosa, due to open in a matter of weeks, expects to attract 13 million visitors in the first year alone.

The resort said it has been receiving thousands of enquiries from the public everyday. And one of the most talked about attractions is Universal Studios. The theme park is expected to attract some 30,000 visitors each day.

Visitors will encounter ferocious dinosaurs, Egyptian mummies and if that is not thrilling enough, a pair of duelling roller coasters should do the trick.

Resorts World Sentosa said with 60 F&B outlets, six hotels and retail options, there will be no lack of things to see and do.

Noel Hawkes, vice president, Resort Operations, Resorts World Sentosa, said: “We’ve got Michael Graves studio – Michael Graves being the man who designed the entire resort.

“We’ve got a Chihuly studio – Dale Chihuly is probably the most famous artist and maker of fabulous glass pieces, which by the way, he will have many pieces on display within the casino and in our Crockfords tower.”

And over in the downtown area, construction of the Marina Bay Sands resort is progressing well. The resort is touting its crown jewel in the form of the huge Sands SkyPark which sits 200 metres in the air, linking the three hotel towers.

The SkyPark will feature a public observation deck, landscaped gardens, outdoor pools and F&B options. Its massive convention space, at 120,000 square metres, will also bring over 150,000 delegates to the resort from 2010.

On the lighter side of things, the award-winning Broadway musical “The Lion King” will be making its Southeast Asian premiere in Singapore.

Thomas Arasi, CEO, Marina Bay Sands, said: “The Lion King is going to stimulate a lot of interest and a lot of curiosity. Once we move further down in our programming, it’s later on in the property’s development, but the same will occur with our second theatre.

“We are also getting a lot of buzz now and it will really pick up in the first and second quarter, about the compendium, the assortment of celebrity chefs restaurants that we have coming in.”

And those feeling lucky will clearly be hoping to take on Lady Luck in the casinos at the two resorts.

Source : Channel NewsAsia – 23 Dec 2009

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