Singapore's Sparkling New Developments
I started going to Singapore over a decade ago. It's bright, airy, green and clean. Singapore Tourism representatives recently gave me a preview of some of the changes I'll notice when I return next month.
At Marina Bay, gleaming new luxury hotels with spectacular views have opened near Singapore's iconic Raffles Hotel and Merlion. Some of the area's attractions include museums, the National Art Gallery, a casino hotel, and the Singapore Flyer.
Gardens by the Bay, Singapore's 250-acre waterfront gardens in the heart of Marina Bay, is slated for completion by June, 2012. It will define Singapore as the world's premier tropical garden city and provide a stunning backdrop for concerts and festivals.
Sentosa, Singapore's island playground, has also undergone transformation. Resorts World, Sentosa's new SG$5.2-billion development, is under development by the same company that created Malaysia's Genting Highlands. With attractions such as Universal Studios Singapore, a casino, water theme parks and one of the largest oceanariums in the world, Sentosa will join Disney World in the ranks of family-friendly theme park destination.
Sentosa now has 2 spas, Sentosa Resort and Spa and the newer Amara Sanctuary. New resorts and 5 Star hotels have dramatically increased the number of available rooms nights.
As the new skyline takes shape, Singapore and Sentosa Island will continue to be destinations of choice by event and meeting planners for conferences, incentive travel, business meetings and team building retreats.
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