News and Updates of Hotels, Resorts, Tourism, Travel, Airlines in Malaysia
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Resorts World Singapore Gets Ready for Chinese New year
The interior of a room in Festive Hotel, one of the four hotels in Resorts World Sentosa (RWS). The room has been especially decorated for children. RWS, one of Singapore's integrated resorts (IRs), held its soft opening for all the public areas that are ready for visitors on 20 January 2010. -BH
Entrance to the Festive Hotel. The Hard Rock Cafe Hotel and Festive Hotel of Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) are already receiving guests as a soft launch to their official opening on the 20th. These guests are family members and friends of the staff of Resorts World Sentosa, and they enjoy an overnight stay for just $38 per room. - Ashleigh Sim, ST
With the cutting of the ribbons and lion dance at 8.18am sharp, RWS CEO Tan Hee Teck, and Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, chairman of RWS and Genting Group, declared the four hotels, 10 restaurants and lounges, and five retail shops open. The opening was a relatively low-keyed one attended by RWS and Genting top suits, their business partners and the media. -ST
Customer service ambassadors dressed in safari outfits stood and mingled around, ready to direct visitors. -TNP
Resembling an elephant with spider’s legs, the sculpture, which has a gold obelisk on the animal’s back, looks similar to the ones made by Spanish artist Salvador Dali. -TNP
Sculptures of a nude "fat" man and woman in the walkway between the Hotel Michael and Crockfords Tower. The statues, possibly sculpted by Colombian artist Fernando Botero, is titled "Adam and Eve". -TNP
Potted yellow chrysanthemums standing around a small makeshift stage just outside the casino. -TNP
Resorts World Sentosa expects 13 million visitors for first year
Resorts World Sentosa, the Genting Group’s latest and largest family destination in Singapore, expects 13 million visitors in its first year of operations.
The resort, spanning over 49 ha on Sentosa Island, is built at a cost S$6.45bil, and is Genting Group’s most expensive, most exquisite and ambitious project.
Schduled to open soon, Resorts World Sentosa will be home to South East Asia’s first and only Universal Studios theme park, six luxury hotels, marine life park and a casino, among others.
The Festive Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Crockfords Tower and Hotel Michael opened to the public on Jan 20.
Visitors to Universal Studios alone is expected at 4.5 million per year, said Resorts World Sentosa Pte Ltd assistant director Communi-cations Robin Goh to Malaysian reporters on a familiarisation trip to the resort recently.
The first weekend opening to the public saw the resort commanding more than 90% hotel occupancy, mostly local guests.
Goh said the resort expected more foreign visitors when Universal Studios and the casino open.
“Preparation work is almost done at Universal Studios and the park’s operation team are gearing up for the opening. We have not got the casino licence yet and are working closely with the authorities to obtain all necessary licences.
“The date depends on certain factors as safety is our number one priority,” said Goh.
As for Malaysian visitors, he said: ”The Malaysian market is very important to us. After all, we are a Malaysian group and we want all Malaysians to be part of this (resort).
“We also want Malaysians to come and enjoy all the offerings, including Universal Studios, and be proud because this resort is built by a Malaysian company,” he said.
For the convenience of prospective visitors from Malaysia, the resort has tied up with Malaysian travel agents who can facilitate their trip and offer them better rates.
“They (Malaysian travel agents) have different packages to offer which include transport (by air or bus), hotel accommodation and universal studio tickets. We also have a Malaysian bus programme which brings people from different states in Malaysia straight to Resorts World Sentosa,” he said.