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Insights on Singapore

August 22, 2008 By: Mark Rogers Travel Agent

Singapore is undergoing a flurry of tourism investment

With this past spring’s
opening of the
luxury state-of-the-art observation wheel, the Singapore
Flyer, Singapore
let the world know that it was putting a new spin on tourism. The country is in
the midst of a building blitz that is broadening Singapore’s appeal across all
markets—from families to casino gaming. The country’s goal is to attract 17
million visitors a year by 2015. A surprising chunk of this is coming from the U.S.

“We’re seeing 10 to 15 percent of our business coming from
well-heeled travelers in the U.S.,
primarily from the East Coast,” says Louis Sailer, general manager of high-end The Fullerton Hotel Singapore. “Many of these are business travelers
who are familiar with Singapore,
and who return for a leisure visit.” Sailer notes that in most cases visitors combine
Singapore with a visit to
other countries, primarily Bali, Cambodia or Vietnam.

Sailer gave Travel Agent a preview of a new project that is
underway, The Fullerton Bay Hotel, which will be the only hotel in Singapore built on the water of Marina Bay.
The 100 rooms and suites hotel will adjoin the landmark Clifford Pier and offer
unobstructed bay views. The hotel will feature between three and four floating
spas, each with two double treatment rooms. “The Fullerton Bay Hotel will offer
a very private and upscale experience,” says Sailer. “We’ll be taking the
service level up a notch, with such features as 24-hour butler service.” The
hotel will have five to six restaurants, and only one of these will be shared
with the public.

has only a few rooftop bars, and the rooftop bar at the The Fullerton Bay Hotel
will be the only one on the bay,” says Sailer.

The six-story property is only a short distance from The
Fullerton Hotel Singapore and both properties will be connected via an
underpass. Best estimates at this time peg The Fullerton Bay Hotel’s completion
at the end of 2009.

The complete Fullerton Heritage project includes existing
buildings One Fullerton, The Fullerton Hotel, The Fullerton Waterboat House,
Clifford Pier and Customs House. The project comprises luxury retailers and
sophisticated entertainment venues and aims to lure big spenders away from Singapore’s
Orchard Road.

Sailer made the case that Singapore is constantly reinventing
itself. “With the addition of the casino at Marina Bay Sands Resort we’ll be
able to entice visitors to stay longer—we’re aiming for an average of seven
nights,” says Sailer. “Macau’s gaming is mass market compared to what we’ll
have in Singapore,
so I don’t really see them as a competitor.” The $3.6 billion Marina Bay Sands
resort is being built by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation and is scheduled for a
late 2009 opening. The resort will have 3,000 rooms and construction estimates
have it pegged as the most expensive casino in the world.

Sentosa - Singapore’s island resort
Singapore’s island resort of Sentosa
has embarked on a 10-year plan to
transform the island
into a leisure destination.
Sentosa is easily reached from Singapore by a short causeway and
is a popular destination with both visitors and locals. It has a 1.2 mile long beach and a number of
attractions, including two golf courses. Sentosa Casino Resort will open in
2009, offering even more gaming opportunities for visitors to Singapore.

will also see some family-friendly attractions, including Marine Life Park,
Equarius Water Theme Park, and the largest Universal
Studios theme park in Asia. The island will
also see the opening of Hotel Michael, designed by award-winning architect Michael Graves.

Capella Singapore ( will open in the
4th quarter of 2008 on Sentosa. The resort rests on 30 tropical acres and has
72 deluxe guest rooms and suites, and 38 garden villas with private plunge
pools, outdoor showers and bathtubs. Capella Singapore
claims to have the largest guest rooms in Singapore,
with many of the rooms overlooking the South China Sea.
The resort’s Auriga Spa will have nine individual spa pavilions serving as
treatment rooms, each with its own private open-air garden. Resort features
include a Chinese restaurant, four pools, and full banquet, wedding and meeting

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