New Delhi, Feb 24 (UNI) Putting Singapore on the world map as a leading leisure destination, Genting International is investing about 3.6 billion dollars to develop an integrated resort on the tropical island resort of Sentosa.
''Genting will invest about 3.6 billion dollars in a project, 'Resorts World' at Sentosa, which is expected to become operational by 2010,'' Resorts World at Sentosa Pte Ltd Deputy Director (Communications) Krist Boo told UNI.
Boasting of the first and only Universal Studios theme park in Southeast Asia, the resort will have 'Universal Studios Singapore' featuring 24 rides and attractions, including 18 rides designed exclusively for Singapore.
''The park is made up of seven themed areas, including the famed Hollywood Boulevard, The Big Apple, The Lost World, Egypt, Waterworld and Superhero City,'' Ms Boo said.
The 49-hectare resort will also house the world's largest oceanarium--Marine Life Park-- with as many as 7,00,000 aquatic animals, including bat-rays, sharks, dolphins and an extensive collection of open ocean fish.
The park will also house a 6.6-million gallon lagoon that allows visitors the chance to snorkel and dive with whale sharks.
The Park will give a chance to visitors to explore and understand the need for conservation and the urgent protection of marine ecosystems.
Hand-feeding fearsome tiger sharks from an enclosed cage, interacting with inquisitive dolphins or swimming amongst the coral reefs will be some of the highlights, Ms Boo said.
Another innovative attraction will be the 'Maritime Xperiential Museum', which will retell the fascinating history of the shipping 'Silk Route'. The centerpiece of this museum is a 360-degree multimedia theatre, where guests board a shipwrecked Arabia-bound vessel near Singapore 1,100 years ago.
''As the boat goes under, the deck rolls, pitches, turns and eventually sinks, visitors emerge from the theatre up-close with a shipwreck, surrounded by deep ocean life. They may be shaken, but no doubt stirred to explore the deep blue sea,'' Ms Boo said.
The resort will have six hotels totalling more than 1,800 rooms, and provide guests with an array of world-class accommodation.
''Each hotel is designed with a distinct theme, making the resort suitable for both leisure and business visitors. Hard Rock Hotel, is Singapore's first and the ideal choice for the hip, keen to soak into the culture of 40 years of rock and roll.'' For those seeking the ultimate in pampering, the exclusive ESPA Villas provide a perfect spot for solitude and respite.
Luxury spa brand ESPA will also be the region's first fully integrated wellness spa at Resorts World at Sentosa.
Festive Hotel and Equarius Hotel are the other two hotels.
''We wanted to create the perfect familt getaway, and the result is Resorts World at Sentosa. It will be ideal for Indian families, as there is something for everyone,'' Ms Boo said.
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