Singapore’s two integrated resorts are set to undergo a S$9 billion expansion, which will see a fourth tower added to Marina Bay Sands (MBS). The new block will house 1,000 all-suite hotel rooms, a sky roof with a swimming pool, a “signature restaurant”, new ballrooms, exhibition halls, and food and beverage offerings.
The expansion will also include a 15,000-seat indoor entertainment arena with state-of-the-art production capabilities, set to attract top entertainers from Asia and around the world.
Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) on the other hand will extend Universal Studios Singapore to include two new attractions — Minion Park and Super Nintendo World.
Also in the pipeline are Singapore Oceanarium, a new waterfront lifestyle complex and two new destination hotels with up to 1,100 rooms. A driverless transport system connecting the mainland to Sentosa across Sentosa Boardwalk is also in the works.
These expansions come on the heels of the expiry of the exclusivity period for the two casino licences in 2017. In exchange for the renewed exclusivity period, which is set to be extended to end-2030, MBS and RWS will invest S$9 billion to expand and refresh their non-gaming components.
No other casinos will be introduced during this period of exclusivity, but the two integrated resorts will be given additional gaming provisions, including additional gaming areas and gambling machines.
At the moment, no timeline has yet been set for the expansion, but RWS has stated that its expansion will take place in stages and is expected to be completed in 2025. An additional 5,000 jobs will be created, with two-thirds expected to be filled by locals in areas such as marketing, attractions and event operations.