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Mice Asia Net : July 2008
singapore integrateD resorts on track Singapore’S two integrated reSortS remain on track with the opening of Marina Bay Sands in 2009 and resorts world at Sentosa in 2010. Singapore’s vibrant Marina Bay waterfront will feature a new and magnificent destination by the end of 2009. The Marina Bay Sands ™ will combine world-class convention and exhibition facilities, a luxury hotel, an iconic ArtScience Museum, Las Vegas-style gaming, state-of-the-art theatres, entertainment and an unparalleled spread of shopping and dining outlets in one landmark structure. To make this a reality the site continues to operate 24 hours a day with an average daily workforce on-site of more than 3000. At the time of going to press there were 130 major pieces of machinery operating on-site plus some 150 lorries each day. There has been 636,000 cubic metres of concrete placed to date, more than 50 per cent of the total project amount. Construction of the hotel continues at an aggressive pace, with the superstructure for the three hotel towers rising above ground level. Foundation work in the podium area comprising meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) facilities, theatres and casino are completed, and floor slabs are underway. Similarly, the piling for the casino and theatres is completed. Excavation for top-down construction of the casino area has commenced. Marina Bay Sands ™ is a S$5 billion, 2500-room five-star casino When it opens in 2009 it will immediately be a serious player in the business events market, offering 100,000 square metres of flexible 34 miceAsia.net exhibition halls, meeting space and pillarless ballroom. It will also have two 2000-seat theatres and an ArtScience Museum. Its design represents the welcoming hand of Singapore at water level, then the main hotel structure soars 50-storeys in three towers joined across the top by a one hectare rooftop Sky Park with sculptured garden, restaurants, swimming pools, spa, and jogging paths with 360 degree views. The year after Marina Bay Sands ™ opens Singapore will see the arrival of another integrated resort, Resorts World at Sentosa. Resorts World at Sentosa PTE LTD (RWS) is the developer of the massive undertaking. The company will own and operate all key attractions which will include Universal Studios Singapore, The Marine Life Park, the Maritime Experiential Museum and the Equarius Water Park. The integrated resort will have six on-site hotels encompassing 1800 rooms. The hotels include Maxims Residences, Hotel Michael, Hard Rock Hotel, Festive Hotel, Equarius Hotel and Espa Villas. RWS will also have a myriad of entertainment offerings, including gaming. In terms of meetings space, facilities will be vast. It is estimated that RWS will be able to host approximately 12,000 delegates in three venues: Le Vie Showroom/plenary hall (1600 theatre-style), ballroom (7300 theatre-style) plus almost 3400 delegates in another 22 meeting rooms.