Sports TravelSingapore looks forward to positive tourism spend with the return of the world-class event for another seven years.

Formula 1 Grand Prix roars to life once again on Singapore streets

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Singapore looks forward to welcoming local and overseas F1 fans back to the Marina Bay Street Circuit.
Singapore looks forward to welcoming local and overseas F1 fans back to the Marina Bay Street Circuit. Photo Credit: Singapore GP Pte Ltd

Singapore will once again hear the raucous roar of F1 cars speeding down the Marina Bay Street Circuit. After being cancelled for two years in a row, Singapore GP (SGP) and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has announced that the lion city will once again host the Formula 1 Grand Prix, part of the FIA Formula One World Championship, from 2022 to 2028.

“We are proud to continue to host the Singapore Grand Prix for another seven years,” Keith Tan, chief executive of STB said. “It is an experience like no other in the world that reinforces Singapore’s position as a vibrant and exciting global city.”

The return of the race may mark the incremental increase of tourism receipts.
The return of the race may mark the incremental increase of tourism receipts. Photo Credit: Singapore GP Pte Ltd

Since debuting in Singapore in 2008, the night race has been staged 12 times, up till 2019. Beyond the circuit, spectators who turn up for the race have also greatly contributed to Singapore’s local business and hospitality players.

From 2008 to 2019, the race attracted a total of 550,000 unique international visitors and generated more than S$1.5 billion (US$ 11 billion) in incremental tourism receipts.

“The Singapore F1 race continues to be a strong focal point for tourists, global events and business meetings,” said S Iswaran, minister for transport and minister-in-charge of trade relations.

Not only will the race attract international visitors as travel picks up speed, it will also contribute to the livelihoods of local businesses in the engineering, construction and hospitality sectors, in turn, “generating business revenue and jobs for Singaporeans,” Iswaran added.

In the lead up to this year’s race, sustainability has also been worked into an agenda that includes switching to a renewable energy source, increasing recycling efforts, and introducing sustainable materials.

"STB welcomes the opportunity to work with our partners to introduce new ideas and concepts to enhance the race experience and to make the entire event one of the most environmentally sustainable street circuits in the F1 calendar," Tan said.

Tan adds that Singapore looks forward to "welcoming international travellers back to Singapore in 2022 for the race, and encourage them to also explore our new and reimagined offerings."

According to the Formula 1 website, the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, 2 October 2022, and tickets are slated to be released soon.

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