Sentosa poised for new hotel cluster, redevelopment

From left: Far East Hospitality Management’s Christine Choo, Gill Ishwinder and Arthur Kiong

Sentosa and its surrounding waterfront areas will undergo total rejuvenation and development, following announcements by key players and agencies at ITB Asia 2018.

Three new hotels were announced yesterday by Far East Hospitality’s CEO, Arthur Kiong, to bring the island destination “a wonderful mid-tier range of products”.

From left: Far East Hospitality Management’s Christine Choo, Gill Ishwinder and Arthur Kiong

These are Village Hotel at Sentosa, offering 606 rooms including family rooms, as well as the 193-key adults-only The Outpost Hotel – both slated to welcome guests in April 2019. Come 3Q2019, The Barracks Hotel will open with 40 rooms in a conserved colonial building.

The three properties will raise Sentosa’s total room count to 4,200, and their rooms will be “egalitarian” and “priced effectively”, said Kiong.

He explained: “Sentosa is a driver of business (for Singapore’s tourism) and is very popular, but it’s interesting that 90 per cent of its room inventory are in the luxury class.

“(Our new cluster) caters to families, groups, business events and niche segments. Visitors may be encouraged to extend their stay in Singapore and Sentosa from one to two days.”

This comes on the back of an announcement by Singapore’s senior minister of state for trade and industry, Chee Hong Tat, of plans to reshape the entire Sentosa island, as well as to develop the adjacent Pulau Brani, and the 1,000ha waterfront area along Tanjong Pagar.

This area, which Chee said is “as large as Sentosa itself”, will be branded the Southern Gateway of Asia. He revealed: “One area which I am personally very keen to explore and push ahead is how we can encourage more activities at night on Sentosa.”

Kiong expressed: “This is the harbinger of very, very exciting developments for Sentosa as well as the rest of the precinct.”

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