SingaporeA S$9 billion expansion plan will inject new attractions and experiences at Marina Bay Sands and Resorts World Sentosa.

Take a look at this: Lofty plans for Singapore’s two IRs

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Promenade along Waterfront 190404
The new waterfront promenade area proposed for Resorts World Sentosa.
Promenade along Waterfront 190404

The first attraction to open, likely by end-2020, will be an “adventure dining playhouse”. It will replace the Resorts World Theatre with a pirate-themed experience combining immersive dining and performance.

More glitzy attractions are expected to join Singapore as part of a S$9 billion (US$6.65 billion) expansion plan of its two integrated resorts, Marina Bay Sands (MBS) and Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), announced on Wednesday. 

Key developments that will be added include a fourth tower at MBS and a 15,000-seat arena and extensions to Universal Studios Singapore (USS). 

The new tower will be a 1,000 room all-suite hotel, topped by a sky roof. It will also have a 15,000-seat arena focused on entertainment. Additional MICE space will be expanded by about 30% to 40%. 

At RWS, several new attractions spanning 164,000sqm, or 50% of the current gross floor area, will be added largely through intensification of existing land. 

These include two new areas at USS: a Minion Park based on the Despicable Me franchise, and Super Nintendo World, with attractions based on console games such as Super Mario.

The SEA Aquarium will be expanded to about three times its current size, taking over the existing Maritime Experiential Museum space to create the Singapore Oceanarium. 

The waterfront promenade area will be revamped with dining options, two new hotels with about 1,100 rooms, and a 37 metre-tall public attraction with free evening light shows. 

The first attraction to open, likely by end-2020, will be an “adventure dining playhouse”. It will replace the Resorts World Theatre with a pirate-themed experience combining immersive dining and performance.

MICE facilities will also be expanded. And a new driverless transport system will shuttle visitors along the Sentosa Boardwalk in about 1.5 minutes, with an estimated capacity of nine million passengers a year.

Both resorts will also receive additional gaming provisions. These include an extension of the exclusivity period for both casinos past the original 2017 expiry date to end-2030 instead. 

MBS will also have the option of an additional 2,000sqm of approved gaming area, while RWS will have another 500sqm, subject to payment of land costs. 

The IRS' plans are part of a broader tourism push, including the development of the Greater Southern Waterfront - of which Sentosa is a part - as well as Mandai ecotourism and the rejuvenation of Orchard Road.


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