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Universal Studios Singapore Opening end Jan'2010

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Universal Studios Singapore Opening end Jan'2010

SINGAPORE, Jan 20 — Southeast Asia’s first big-name theme park — Universal Studios Singapore — at Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) looks set to open its doors next week, just a week after the resort welcomes visitors to its hotels and shops today.

Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, chairman of Genting Group, which owns the S$6.59 billion (RM15.8 billion) resort, said yesterday: “By the end of next week, Universal Studios Singapore will open, and when we officially launch Resorts World Sentosa later this year, it will be another significant and historical milestone achievement for the group.”

He was speaking at the Kuala Lumpur launch of the group’s logo to mark its 45th anniversary.

RWS had previously not been able to confirm the opening date of the theme park, saying only that it would be open by the first quarter. But sources pointed to an opening date of Jan 28 or 29.

When asked about its main attraction yesterday, a RWS spokesman would only say that it was working closely with the Ministry of Home Affairs to get the relevant permits.

The theme park boasts 24 rides and attractions, 20 of which are expected to be ready when it opens, according to a prior announcement. Each ride requires a permit to operate, and a RWS spokesman said they will not be opened to the public until proven to be safe.

The resort is also awaiting a licence to operate its casino.

The casino and theme park are expected to be the sprawling 49ha complex’s main money-spinners, but it boasts other attractions too, including the world’s largest oceanarium, plus dozens of shops and restaurants.

As part of its concept plan, a significant portion of the resort has to also cater to non-gaming areas, with the government setting a maximum approved gaming area of no more than 5 per cent of the resort’s total development area.

The theme park is expected to attract up to 30,000 visitors daily.

A one-day weekday pass will cost S$66 for adults, S$48 for children and S$32 for senior citizens. Weekend, public holiday and eve of public holiday one-day passes will cost S$72, S$52 and S$36 respectively.

But the passes are still cheaper than those of Universal’s other attractions in Orlando and Osaka, which go for US$79 (RM261) and 5,800 yen (RM216) respectively. — Source: The Straits Times

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1. Re: Universal Studios Singapore Opening end Jan'2010

thanx a lot, great information, will be visiting in Jun 2010

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2. Re: Universal Studios Singapore Opening end Jan'2010

Finally!

To go or not to go, that is the question....

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3. Re: Universal Studios Singapore Opening end Jan'2010

Thanks Kevin-sg for the latest info.

I have been waiting for the opening date to finalise my trip.

I will check next week to see if it does open.

Cheers

Pam

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The chairman of Resorts World Sentosa has refuted media reports which quoted him as saying on Tuesday that the Universal Studios theme park would be opened by the end of next week.

He also said authorities have yet to approve the casino licence.

Even so, Singapore's first integrated resort saw thousands of visitors on Wednesday at the opening of its four hotels.

The ribbon was cut at precisely 8.18 in the morning. Eight is seen as an auspicious number because it sounds like the Chinese word for prosperity.

The four hotels at Resorts World Sentosa may have finally opened their doors to the public, but the resort said no opening date has yet been set for the Universal Studios theme park despite some media reports.

Lim Kok Thay, chairman, Genting & Resorts World Sentosa, said: "In terms of recalling what was said, I think perhaps there was a bit of a misunderstanding there. What I was trying to say was that after the opening of Crockfords Tower, the rest of the facilities would follow suit from next week onwards.

"Obviously, that would include the Festive Walk, the Universal Studios theme park as well as the casino component."

For now, the hotels were enough for visitors. Two of the hotels - Festive Hotel and the Hard Rock Hotel - have been operating since January 5 as part of a trial to iron out any kinks.

Andrew Hickey, vice president, Rooms, Resorts World Sentosa, said: "They've been very minor to be honest, it's surprised us all. Buggy transfers, for example, because people in Singapore don't like walking too much. So we need a few more buggies, perhaps to guide people around the resort.

"We've had some very interesting learning experiences. For example, the positioning of mineral water was one that comes to mind - where we put it - chill it in the minibar, or leave it outside in ambient temperature. That's been a very interesting debate amongst the team."

With 10 restaurants and a list of brands that are well-known in the luxury retail market, Resorts World promises something for everyone.

The resort expects 13 million visitors a year when fully opened.

- Source: ChannelNewsAsia

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