December 2012: Resorts World Sentosa Celebrates Grand Opening

SINGAPORE, 7 December 2012 – Singapore’s first integrated resort Resorts World Sentosa marked its Grand Opening today with a forecast of 17 million visitors for 2013.

The S$7 billion resort has welcomed more than 45 million guests since opening in January 2010. It opened the second of its two anchor attractions a fortnight ago; The Marine Life Park, which is also the world’s largest oceanarium with 100,000 fishes from 800 species, is expected to draw at least 1 million more visitors to the resort in 2013. The resort’s other major key attraction is Universal Studios Singapore.

Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Chairman of the Genting Group which owns Resorts World Sentosa, said: “In 2006, we began with a vision to build a destination resort like no other. Six years on, we have taken our vision into reality, and turned the page for Singapore’s tourism story. The resort has built itself into one of the most desired destinations for families in Asia. Even as the global economy teeters on uncertainty, we remain confident of surpassing our 2012 attendance of 16 million visitors for next year. ”

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RWS’s Grand Opening begins with a ceremony officiated by the Prime Minister of Singapore, Mr Lee Hsien Loong. Mr Lee will unveil an 8-meter sculpture commissioned for the event, Infinity, at a center spot of the Resort, symbolising the Resort’s infinite moments of family fun and excitement.

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A gala dinner follows where 1,600 guests will dine on a banquet prepared by 28 Michelin-star chef Joël Robuchon and Singapore’s own celebrity chef Sam Leong. Entertainment for the evening includes performances by soprano Sarah Brightman and China artist Sun Nan at the Resorts World Convention Centre’s Compass Ballroom.

Among the guests will be beneficiaries from the Movement for the Intellectually Disabled (MINDS), who are also the craftsmen behind the evening’s souvenirs.

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Movement for the Intellectually Disabled of Singapore (MINDS) aims to provide employment training and development opportunities for Persons with Intellectual Disability (PWIDs).

For public guests, the highlight for the evening is a 12-minute firework display synchronised with the world’s largest animatronics performance – Crane Dance – at the Resort’s waterfront. Public performances by local bands and a capella groups will take place across the Resort over the weekend.

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Tan Sri Lim added: “Today’s Grand Opening marks a momentous chapter in our journey. We stay committed in ensuring that Resorts World Sentosa continues to be an exceptional destination.” Over the next three months, Universal Studios Singapore will launch a new attraction, the Sesame Street Spaghetti Space Chase. This will be the world’s first Sesame Street indoor theme park ride specifically designed for the entire family.

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At Marine Life Park, new immersive experiences such as ray-feeding, shark and dolphin interaction programmes, as well as sea trek diving and new education and conservation programmes will be progressively rolled out. New entertainment, including a new resident show at its Festive Grand theatre, will be introduced in 2013.From today onwards, RWS will introduce discounted bundled day passes to its anchor attractions – Universal Studios Singapore and Marine Life Park (Refer to Annex B).

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ABOUT RESORTS WORLD SENTOSA
Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), Singapore’s first integrated resort is located on the resort island of Sentosa. Spanning 49 hectares, the resort opened in January 2010 and welcomed over 30 million visitors in its first two years of opening. RWS is home to the region’s first-and-only Universal Studios theme park, the world’s largest oceanarium – Marine Life Park, the Maritime Experiential Museum, a casino, luxurious accommodation in six unique hotels, the Resorts World Convention Centre, celebrity chef restaurants, a world-class spa as well as specialty retail outlets. The resort also offers entertainment including a resident magical spectacular – Incanto, and public attractions such as the Crane Dance and the Lake of Dreams. Resorts World Sentosa is wholly owned by Genting Singapore, a company of the Genting Group. For more information, please visit www.rwsentosa.com.

The Grand Opening of Resorts World Sentosa Marine Life Park

SINGAPORE, 24 SEPTEMBER 2012 – Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) today announced 7 December 2012 as its official opening date, with a line-up of celebrations over that weekend to mark the occasion.

Leading up to this festive occasion, is the opening of the second of its two anchor attractions – Marine Life Park. Housing more than 100,000 marine animals of over 800 species in more than 60 million litres of water, this attraction will be the world’s largest oceanarium. The Marine Life Park (MLP) inauguration caps a list of 12 major launches in the 49-hectare Integrated Resort’s three-year history, which commenced with the ribbon cutting at four of its six hotels in January 20101.

Raising the curtains for the Grand Opening festivities will be a ceremonial launch at the resort’s Lake of Dreams, public performances, and a 12-minute public fireworks display at its waterfront promenade. The world’s best-selling soprano, Ms. Sarah Brightman, will perform accompanied for the first time by the Singapore Chinese Orchestra, in a gala dinner for 1,600 invited guests at the Resorts World Convention Centre.

A bird’s eye view of the second phase of the 49-hectare Resorts World Sentosa, flanked by lush greenery and sea views. © Resorts World Sentosa

Mr. Tan Hee Teck, CEO of Resorts World Sentosa, said: “Resorts World Sentosa set out to be the integrated resort that would transform Singapore’s tourism landscape, bring economic benefits to Singapore and contribute to the local community. With unwavering commitment by all stakeholders, we are proud we did it.”

“When the new Marine Life Park opens, we believe we will help put Singapore in the pole position as the number one family destination in this region for many years to come. This is the only integrated resort in the world that a visitor can spend over three full days in engaging and fun-filled activities. We have six hotels, a major convention centre, a great Maritime Museum, a world-renowned spa, and two mega attractions – Universal Studios Singapore and the Marine Life Park. ”

Guests will get to snorkel amongst thousands of colourful fishes at Rainbow Reef, a family-friendly attraction at Adventure Cove Waterpark – the region’s only waterpark infused with marine life elements. © Resorts World Sentosa

The world’s largest oceanarium will comprise two ticketed attractions, giving guests the option of either getting wet or staying dry. Adventure Cove Waterpark will be the region’s only water park with marine life elements, while the Southeast Asia Aquarium (S.E.A. Aquarium) will be the world’s biggest aquarium, featuring over 100,000 animals including stars such as manta rays and hammerhead sharks.

Mr. Dennis Gilbert, Senior Vice President of Attractions at Resorts World Sentosa, said that the park is created on an integrated edutainment concept that will give visitors insights into the fascinating marine world.

Visitors to the world’s largest aquarium – S.E.A. Aquarium – will first set sight on the Shipwreck habitat. The aquarium will also feature the world’s largest aquarium viewing panel, to be unveiled before its opening. © Resorts World Sentosa

“No other attraction in this part of the world comes close to the Marine Life Park in terms of scope and concept. We believe the Marine Life Park, being the world’s largest marine classroom, gives us the opportunity to put Singapore on the world map for innovative marine conservation and education programmes,’’ said Mr. Gilbert. Besides international research and conservation projects, the Marine Life Park will also roll out programmes for local students from pre-school to tertiary levels, giving them the chance to interact with marine animals and learn from marine life specialists.

Whether it is the adrenaline rush on the water coasters or a deeper dive into the fascinating world of marine habitats, the Marine Life Park has it all. More details on opening dates and ticketing will be made available closer to the Marine Life Park’s opening. For more information and behind-the-scene exclusives, guests can check for updates on the Marine Life Park blog at http://mlp.rwsentosablog.com.

ABOUT RESORTS WORLD SENTOSA
Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), Singapore’s first integrated resort is located on the resort island of Sentosa. Spanning 49 hectares, the resort opened in January 2010 and welcomed over 30 million visitors in its first two years of opening. RWS is home to the region’s first-and-only Universal Studios theme park, the Maritime Experiential Museum, a casino, luxurious accommodation in six unique hotels, the Resorts World Convention Centre, celebrity chef restaurants, a world-class destination spa as well as specialty retail outlets. The resort also offers entertainment including public attractions such as the Crane Dance and the Lake of Dreams. Coming soon is the world’s largest oceanarium – the Marine Life Park. Resorts World Sentosa is wholly owned by Genting Singapore, a company of the Genting Group.

For more information, please www.rwsentosa.com

MEDIA CONTACTS
Resorts World Sentosa
Clement Ng/ Rachel Ang/ Fabian Foo
Tel: +65 6577 9761/ +65 6577 9773 / +65 6577 9770
Cell: +65 9815 4490 / +65 9729 3700 / +65 9825 0025
clement.xjng@rwsentosa.com / rachel.ang@rwsentosa.com / fabian.foo@rwsentosa.com

Weber Shandwick Singapore (for Resorts World Sentosa)
Danny Cham / Wendy Toh
Tel: +65 6825 8044 / +65 6825 8038
Cell: +65 9696 9128 / +65 9027 2457
dcham@webershandwick.com / wtoh@webershandwick.com