The New Face of Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands (MBS) and Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) plan to expand by developing integrated resorts. The Straits Times, Thursday (4/4/2019), reported that the development consisted of the expansion of Universal Studios Singapore and the construction of one tower on SBM with an investment worth 9 billion US dollars or around Rp 127.74 trillion. Some developments are planned like a new attraction in the form of an amusement park at Resorts World Sentosa. “Since the expiration of two casino licenses in 2017, we have had intense negotiations with the two resorts to keep the contribution of the non-game sector fresh while limiting the potential losses from this sector,” said Singapore Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing. Quoted from the New Asia Channel.

The amusement park that takes the theme of Super Nintendo and Minion Park will be the expansion of Universal Studio Singapore since its opening in 2010. While the Minion Park is planned to replace the Madagascar area. Furthermore, S.E.A Aquarium will be developed into the Singapore Oceanarium with an area three times that of the current akurium. Later two hotels will also be operated in the area with a capacity of 1,100 rooms. RWS will also develop a new 164,000 square meter attraction that will officially start construction in 2020 and is projected to be completed by 2025.

Not only amusement parks, this integrated resort development project also targets Marina Bay Sands. The development of the SBM area is projected to spend US $ 3.3 billion equivalent to Rp. 46.8 trillion. Development targets the arena with 15,000 seats, a luxury hotel, and an additional performance room. This additional hotel will add to the supply of space for 1,000 rooms equipped with swimming pools and restaurants on the roof. Architect Moshe Safdie who is also involved in SBM planning is also expected to be involved in planning this development. Development of SBM and RWS is expected to increase foreign tourist visits by 500,000 people each year.

When the opening of the first MBS in 2010, tourist arrivals to Singapore increased to almost 2 million people. This is estimated to increase gross domestic income by 500 million Singapore dollars or around Rp 7 trillion per year. In addition, this integrated resort development project also contributes to adding 5,000 new jobs. Of that amount, as many as two-thirds of these jobs will be filled by local residents. Furthermore this project will add more employment opportunities, especially in the construction and service sectors which will indirectly be created.

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