The Cotai Strip project of tycoon Sheldon G Adelson in Macau has been put on hold due to financing difficulties, but Resorts World at Sentosa, one of the Lion City’s two mega-developments – the other is Marina Bay Sands – does not appear to be experiencing similar hiccups.
“We’re on track,” Edmund Ho, regional director for Greater China, Singapore Tourism Board (STB), told Business Traveller
Asia-Pacific at the update session in Shanghai yesterday staged for the Chinese media. Set to open early 2010, Resorts World at Sentosa will comprise Universal Studios Singapore and Marine Life Park, six themed hotels, a wide range of shopping and dining options and a public performance, dubbed the “Crane Dance”.
“The fact that we’ve come up to China to talk about the project shows our commitment,” said Liang Wern Ling, assistant vice-president, sales and marketing of Resorts World at Sentosa. The 49ha complex is backed by Genting International at the cost of S$6 billion (US$3.9 billion) and will take up about one-tenth of Sentosa Island’s land area.
Universal Studios Singapore, the first in Southeast Asia, will feature rides and attractions based on blockbuster Hollywood movies such as The Lost World, Shrek and Transformers. Visitors interested in the deep will be enthralled with Marine Life Park’s collection of 700,000 creatures. They will also enjoy unique experiences such as close encounters with bat rays and tiger sharks while being submerged in a metal cage. Entrance fee and value packages to Resorts World at Sentosa is still being decided.
Fun can be tiring, and six hotels, collectively providing 1,800 rooms, will be providing comfort and sustenance, among them the all-suite Maxims Tower, Hotel Michael showcasing the designs of renowned architect Michael Graves, Hard Rock Hotel and Festive Hotel, a kid-friendly property.
To cater to the diverse markets expected, the management of Resorts World at Sentosa has been preparing aids such as signs in different languages, including Chinese.
Margie T Logarta