The opening of the Marina Bay Sands , planned for the end of 2009, is set to boost Singapore’s C&I traffic from the UK.
Singapore Tourism Board area director for Northern and Western Europe Divya Panickar commented: Marina Bay Sands is ideal for the meetings and events market and is one of a number of unique propositions that are currently being developed.
The S$6bn project includes 2,600 rooms, 120,000sqm of C&I facilities, plus Singapore’s first casino.
An 18-month period of development across the destination includes the opening of Universal Studios Singapore, the launch of the International Cruise Terminal in 2011, plus the regeneration of downtown Singapore River.
Panickar added that the destination had seen a slowing of enquiries in quarter one. Like many long-haul destinations, Singapore has had to contend with issues of perception, but we are fortunate as pure incentives have never been the sole part of our event mix and we remain popular for conferences and larger-scale meetings.