Singapore in the spotlight

As a prosperous 21st Century city, Singapore is well known for glittering skyscrapers, bustling trade and thriving tourism. It has grown significantly as a city-break destination, as more and more holidaymakers opt for a long weekend break or a 3 night stopover before flying to a luxury beach island like Sentosa, Bintan or Langkawi. The city’s stunning architecture, busy streets and luxury city hotels attract people from all over the world every year.

And in the not-too-distant future, Singapore is set to attract even more visitors and tourists, as several events, celebrations and attractions are planned over the next year or so. The showcasing of these tourist events and attractions will further develop Singapore’s thriving economy and will affirm its place as one of the world’s leading cities.

There’s something for everyone to enjoy in the vast tourism plans from exhilarating themeparks to cultural museum openings. One of the main attractions in Singapore is The Universal Studios Theme Park, filled with over 20 movie-themed rides and shows such as Revenge of the Mummy, Shrek 4D, Accelerator and WaterWorld. The park is an entertainment hub for the latest blockbusters and movie spectaculars, making it a perfect day out.

For the more refined visitors to Singapore, a trip to the Art Science Museum is not to be missed. The 50,000 square foot Lotus shaped building is home to an array of modern and fascinating art displays. The museum holds dozens of impressive exhibitions throughout the year and attracts tourists from across the world.

An announcement that got me quite excited was the opening of the Louis Vuitton Island on 18th September 2011. The prestigious retailer is opening a unique ‘island store’ at the Marina Bay Sands which will simply float on the water… sounds very lavish and well worth a visit to me!

Future tourist attractions in Singapore include Marine Life Park and the River Safari. Both of these are superb for family holidays and both are based around wildlife and water creatures. Set to open in 2012, the Marine Life Park is reckoned to become the largest aquarium in the world while the River Safari will be a river-themed zoo, highlighting distinct environments from across the world, allowing guests to experience scenes from the Nile and the Amazon.

The line-up of shows and events in Singapore is also impressive over the next few months. This month, the award winning Swan Lake on Ice is performing at the Marina Bay Sands Grand Theatre as part of a two year tour. The F1 Singapore Grand Prix also takes place on the 23rd, 24th and 25th September 2011, including a spectacular night race event.

November sees another Formula 1 event with the Power Boat Race at Marina Bay. This high speed event will set the waters alight as super powerboats compete in the race. And just in time for the festive season, the Singapore Symphony Orchestra is hosting Christmas Concerts throughout December 2011, with contributions from the enchanted Singapore’s Symphony Children’s Choir.

Carole Booth is Commercial Director at Destinology.

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