Resorts World Sentosa had its soft opening last week and is the first Singapore Integrated Resort to be completed. The 49-ha Resort, located on Sentosa Island, represents an investment of US$ 4.4 billion and integrates Southeast Asia first Universal Studios offering seven theme areas offering 24 rides and attractions, including an exclusive zone dedicated to the heroes of animation movie “Madagascar” and the world’s tallest double coasters.
According to Robin Goh, Assistant Director Communication, the integrated resort is expected to welcome 12 to 13 million visitors a year, of which 60% will be international visitors. The Universal Studios attraction is expected to seduce at least 4.5 million visitors.
The first phase of Resorts World Sentosa include four hotels- Festive Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel Singapore, Crockfords Tower and Hotel Michael – with a combined inventory of 1,350 rooms and 10 restaurant outlets at their opening. Another two hotels -Equarius Hotel and Spa Villas with another 500 rooms- will be added after 2010. The casino is now waiting for its license. It should be issued just prior to the Chinese New Year in two weeks, according to Genting Group chairman Lim Kok Thay, the owner of RWS. Universal Studios should also be opened within the next two months.
In a second phase, Resorts World Sentosa will also include the world’s largest Marine Life Park, Singapore’s Maritime Experience Museum, a spa destination as well as a shopping gallery. Adding RWS to the many leisure and lifestyle facilities already available across the resort island is turning the resort island into the largest entertainment area in Singapore as it is now home to more than 240 attractions, restaurants, bars and retail outlets.
Singapore is eagerly waiting for its second Integrated Resort, Marina Bay Sands.
The three 55-storey towers with its suspended gardens on its roof faces Singapore financial district and has been hit by delays. Due for completion in 2009, the complex is due to open in April. Marina Bay Sands costs reached US$ 5.5-billion and include a 2,500-room hotel, a convention hall, a casino, a museum and an entertainment and art centre. According to Singapore Authorities, both Integrated Resorts are expected to generate a combined 0.5% to 1% value to Singapore’s gross domestic product.