Thursday, March 10, 2011

Brunei important market for Singapore tourism

By Tony Alabastro

"Brunei is an important market for Singapore. Last year, 54,000 Bruneians visited Singapore. With the school holidays coming soon, it's good to invite them and experience new things in 2011 like the Lion King, the ArtScience Museum, the integrated resorts, and new food and shopping outlets," said Singapore Tourism Board's outgoing Philippines and Brunei Area Director Lynelle Seow yesterday.

"We have the Formula One and for families, the Universal Studios. A lot has changed in two years. The children can come to the Singapore Zoo. There will be a river safari in 2012," said STB's incoming Philippines and Brunei Area Director Sherina Chan. Children can experience up-close encounters with the creatures of the wild and learn about conservation at the world-class wildlife park set in a lush tropical rainforest, she said.

The Philippine-based STB team arrived yesterday from Manila to meet airlines, travel agents and hotel people during a three-day tourism roadshow "to give an update on what's happening in Singapore", said Ramon Jose Gutierrez, STB Philippines-Brunei assistant manager.

"Yesterday (Tuesday), we met the Royal Brunei Airlines and Singapore Airlines people. Tomorrow (Thursday), we will be meeting the travel agents to explain new developments and what to expect and enjoy more in Singapore," said STB Senior Tourism Business Executive Marie Aiza Soller, who has been in Brunei for the third time.

Universal Studios offers movie magic at Singapore's newest theme park, with rides, dinosaurs, a talking donkey, Lake Hollywood Spectacular show after sunset, fireworks and musical performances.

Genghis Khan: The Exhibition, about the legacy of one of the most powerful men of 13th century Mongolia, is on show at the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands until April 10.

The Southeast Asian premier of the musical, The Lion King, will be at the Marina Bays Sands until May 31. This stage production of the classic film is still running on Broadway after 13 years and in London's West End after 11 years.

The world's first ArtScience Museum, with 21 gallery spaces for touring exhibits, boasts an iconic lotus-inspired design, and has exhibits from art and science to design and architecture, according to the Marina Bay Sands.

Linkin Park is set to be the headlining act on race day during the 4th 2011 Formula One Singtel Singapore Grand Prix, said Lynelle Seow. Early bird ticket sales started on March 3, for an event to be held at the Marina Bay Street Circuit from Sept 23-25.

Courtesy of Borneo Bulletin

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