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Marina Bay Sands gets Singapore government’s approval to build fourth tower

 

Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands (MBS) has received approval from the authorities to develop a fourth tower, which has to be completed by 8 April 2028. The approval is for a hotel and retail development on an empty plot next to its current three towers.

This addition of a fourth tower is part of MBS’s planned expansion. The new tower will have 153,100 sq m of hotel space covering over 587 rooms and 12,185 sq m of retail space.

The integrated resort, which opened in April 2010, currently features more than 2,200 hotel rooms and suites across its three cascading hotel towers, and an extraordinary rooftop Sands SkyPark with an Infinity Pool. It also boasts the best shopping mall in Asia, the largest nightclub in Singapore, world-class celebrity chef restaurants, a theatre and a Las Vegas-style casino. Business visitors also enjoy the extensive MICE facilities that can host over 45,000 delegates.

The fourth tower is to comprise all-suite rooms and will be accompanied by a live performance arena that seats at least 15,000 spectators, as well as additional Mice (meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions) capacity. A sky roof with a swimming pool and other attractions will top the new tower. The new tower will also offer 12,185 sqm in retail space.

Las Vegas Sands (LVS) is the parent company of Marina Bay Sands. Design, development and programming work for the fourth tower “remain ongoing, with a focus on increasing the leisure and business tourism appeal of Singapore and MBS, LVS said.

MBS had earlier announced that it is investing US$750 million for the second phase of transformation which will focus on Tower 3, the Hotel Lobby and Sands SkyPark. It will include a reimagined VIP arrival experience, new premium dining and retail offerings, a lobby transformation as well as a renewed focus on wellness experiences for guests. More than 550 redesigned rooms, including approximately 380 suites, will be introduced in this phase. Works are expected to be completed in phases through 2025.

The announcement comes as Marina Bay Sands enters the final stage of its US$1 billion first-phase reinvestment, announced in February 2022, and focused on the complete refurbishment of Hotel Towers 1 and 2, in addition to new dining offerings and luxury lifestyle amenities for high-value travellers.

In the first 11 months of 2023, Singapore received 12.37 million visitors, about twice the 6.31 million who visited in 2022 according to a report in The Straits Times. Annual visitorships hit a record 19.12 million in 2019.

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