Tiger Sky Tower on Sentosa will cease operations permanently on December 28, after negotiations to renew its lease fell through.
The rotating observation tower’s closure is chalked up to a decision to not renew its lease with Sentosa Development Corporation, announced its operator Sky Tower.
Alexander Melchers, managing director of Sky Tower, said: “The discussions with Sentosa Development Corporation were very sincere and detailed, but we could not agree on the commercial terms to continue operations. We have enjoyed a very good partnership with Sentosa.”
Melchers also debunked speculation that the tower is closed due to technical faults. It reopened about a year ago after a stalling incident two years ago.
“The Sky Tower still is a future-proof technology and could have been operated at Sentosa for many more years; therefore the company is now looking to find a new location for the Sky Tower outside of Singapore,” he clarified.
At 131m above sea level, Tiger Sky Tower – previously known as Carlsberg Sky Tower – has been in operation since 2004. It was the first foreign direct investment in an attraction on Sentosa under the 2002-Masterplan.
General manager of Sky Tower, Ken Lee, said that the attraction was particularly appreciated by tour group operators as it was “different from the Mount Faber Cable Car or the new Intra Cable Way”.
The Sky Tower will be moved and rebuilt in another country. From November 1, Sky Tower ticket prices will be lowered from S$18 (US$13) to S$8.80 per ride for adults, and from S$10 to S$4.80 for children.