Resorts World Sentosa to begin expansion works in 2Q2022

Construction works for the expansion of Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) will commence in 2Q2022, starting with Universal Studios Singapore and Singapore Oceanarium (SGO).

Minion Land, a new highly immersive themed zone, will join the Universal Studios Singapore theme park, offering multiple rides including one that will be the world’s first original ride exclusive to the theme park. Themed shops and restaurants are planned for this zone too.

The new Singapore Oceanarium (pictured) and expanded Universal Studios Singapore will form key components of Resorts World Sentosa’s expansion plans

The existing S.E.A. Aquarium will be rebranded as SGO and grounds will be tripled in size to take in a larger scale and depth of content. Backed by rich marine science knowledge, exhibits will provide immersive and multi-sensory storytelling of the evolution of the oceans’ inhabitants, fascinating oceanic zones such as the largely unexplored deep ocean, as well as unique representations of Singapore’s coastal ecosystems. It will offer fresh and enriching educational experiences and programmes that inspire positive mindset change and drive action to protect the oceans.

SGO will also encompass a Research and Learning Centre that is carbon-neutral. Fully equipped with immersive learning labs, collaborative workspaces, seminar rooms and a rooftop event space, the Centre will augment SGO’s educational offerings and provide advanced facilities for scientists and researchers to conduct valuable research work and drive marine science outreach on-site. It aims to catalyse the test-bedding of innovative solutions for real world challenges, and empower students and the community at large with hands-on learning experiences.

The two upgraded attractions are key components of RWS’s expansion plan, also known as RWS 2.0 when it was first announced in 2019.

According to RWS, the two attractions are envisioned to become Singapore’s new tourism icons and purpose of visits.

Backed by a S$400 million (US$297.6 million) investment, RWS 2.0 will bring a mix of new attractions, entertainment and lifestyle offerings to the integrated resort and facilitate the property’s contribution to Singapore’s tourism recovery.

Refurbishment of three existing hotels – Hard Rock Hotel Singapore, Hotel Michael and Festive Hotel – is also part of the plan, and work will be carried out in phases from 2Q2022 through 2023.

Festive Hotel will be refashioned into a bleisure (business-leisure) and workation (work-vacation) hotel with a variety of mobile working spaces and lifestyle offerings that will meet new work trends.

Resorts World Convention Centre will also enjoy an upgrade to strengthen RWS’s position as a premier business destination.

RWS CEO Tan Hee Teck said: “With our upcoming RWS 2.0 developments, we are confident that RWS will be well-positioned to lead the recovery of Singapore’s tourism as borders gradually reopen. We are excited to welcome the return of more international travellers with an even more vibrant RWS in the near future.

“RWS’s vision for the next decade is to become a sustainable and innovative top tourism destination in line with the Singapore Green Plan. As we begin construction works on our expansion, we continue to pursue a holistic approach to destination building. We are acutely aware of the need to embody into our designs a more sustainable environment, and are engaging various stakeholders and consultants to incorporate the latest technology and research into our developments to achieve this goal.”

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