Friday, August 31, 2012

Sentosa to build new hotel, improve linkways & connectivity

SINGAPORE: Singapore's resort island of Sentosa will have improved linkways and connectivity, as well as a new hotel, to meet the rising number of visitors.

The announcement comes as it marks its 40th birthday on Saturday.

A heritage site the size of four football fields will make way for a hotel.

The former "Blakang Mati Artillery Barrack and Parade Square site" has been around for more than a hundred years.

It was used by the British and Indian army as barracks during World War II.

A public tender will be called next month.

Bidders for the project are free to propose the look and feel of the hotel, but must comply with conservation guidelines.

When complete in 2015, it can hold up to 550 rooms.

Mike Barclay, CEO of Sentosa Development Corporation, said: "We've been looking at increasing the number of (hotel) keys we have on the island, the number of available rooms... We're currently just over 3,000 rooms across our 13 hotels, and with increase in visitorship to the island, we have 19 million people coming every year... We need more rooms."

Sentosa also plans to improve connectivity on the island.

By 2015, there will be two more cableway stations, located at Siloso Point and Merlion Plaza.

Mr Barclay said: "We're quite self-critical about some of the pedestrian experiences on the island. The way-finding can be a bit challenging. You're exposed to the elements. It can get a bit hot on a sunny day, it can get a bit wet on a wet day."

To remedy this, Sentosa wants to improve its linkways and hopefully, attract more elderly visitors, and those with mobility issues.

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