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ICONIC CLASS

MARINA BAY SANDS BRINGS THE SECOND ELEMENT TO THE GAMING INDUSTRY IN

SINGAPORE

BY ROGER GROS

ew things were quite so surprising five years ago when Singapore legalized casi- no gaming. The normally straitlaced city-state/island nation in southern Asia declared that it wanted to increase tourism and that two integrated

resorts would do the trick. After a relatively quick and painless RFP process was followed by a rational

selection procedure, two winners were announced: Genting Bhd, from neighboring Malaysia, was chosen to build a family style resort on Sentosa Island, Singapore’s holiday destination; and Las Vegas Sands, the gaming industry expert in the MICE business (meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions) for a project in the downtown area of Singapore. Even though Marina Bay Sands, the LV Sands property located across the bay

from the downtown area, did not win the race to open first, it clearly is the more dramatic property of the two. Three 55-story towers are capped by the signature “SkyPark,” a 3.5-acre platform that spans the three buildings and includes pools, restaurants, spas, nightclubs and other amenities that give guests a commanding view of the city and surrounding countries. An extensive shopping area with 800,000 square feet of retail space featuring

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