Marina Bay Sands to Build Fourth Tower by 2029

Marina Bay Sands (MBS), Singapore’s renowned casino and hotel resort, is embarking on a significant expansion of its downtown property, with plans to construct a fourth tower by 2029. After being hindered by the COVID-19 pandemic, MBS announced on Friday that full-scale construction will commence by July 2025, aiming for completion by July 2029.

The Venue Remains Integral to Singapore’s Tourism

The ambitious expansion project first revealed in 2019 with a budget of 4.5 billion Singapore dollars ($3.33 billion), faced substantial delays due to pandemic-induced shutdowns. However, with ongoing support from the Singapore government, MBS is moving forward with its visionary plans to enhance the city-state’s leisure and business tourism appeal.

Patrick Dumont, president and chief operating officer of MBS’s parent company, Las Vegas Sands, emphasized the significance of the expansion in driving high-value tourism growth to Singapore. He highlighted that the project would optimize the venue’s programming elements while aligning with Singapore’s strategic objectives. The expansion aims to play a pivotal role in attracting more travelers to Singapore.

With the ongoing support of the Singapore government, this development will further enhance the leisure and business tourism appeal of Singapore.

Patrick Dumont, Las Vegas Sands president and chief operating officer

Since its inception at a development cost of $5.6 billion, MBS has welcomed over 470 million visitors, significantly contributing to Singapore’s business tourism appeal by hosting over 1,750 MICE events. The venue aims to remain at the cutting edge, regularly introducing new improvements and keeping its offerings fresh and exciting.

Existing Amenities Will Also Receive Improvements

The planned expansion features a luxury hotel tower with an impressive sky roof and a 15,000-seat entertainment arena. Additionally, it will create space for meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE) while introducing new dining, beverage, and nightlife options. Separate from the hotel expansion, MBS is investing $1.75 billion in its existing property, enhancing existing amenities.

The expansion aims to play a pivotal role in attracting more travelers to Singapore. The new entertainment arena should draw top entertainers who previously may have overlooked Southeast Asia in their tours. Additional MICE space will facilitate hosting more events in the city-state, capitalizing on Macau’s increasing focus on mainland China.

With international visitor arrivals reaching 71% of pre-pandemic levels in 2023 and tourism profits reaching up to $19.2 billion, Singapore’s hospitality sector is well on its path to a full recovery. The Singapore Tourism Board anticipates further improvement this year, driven by the gradual restoration of global air travel capacity and the increasing interest in South Asia as a leisure destination.

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