Sands Expands Again Overseas, This Time into Singapore


I’ve been to Singapore, a rather wealthy city-state and now I have a reason to go back.

Another casino. Built by a familiar group, The Las Vegas Sands Group.

After big cost overruns and months of delays, the casino, more than a third of 2,500 hotel rooms and parts of a shopping mall and convention center were opened last week.

A huge SkyPark connecting the tops of three 55-story hotel towers sis scheduled to open on June 23 while a theater opens in October and a museum in December.

The resort, known as the Marina Bay Sands, remakes Singapore’s skyline, forming the far side of a marina facing the downtown area and what the government envisions will be a must-see tourist attraction.

I know I’ll check it out.

Government people hope the casinos will change the city’s image from that of a financial center that’s better known for strict laws including a ban on chewing gum and caning for minor offenses.

The Marina Bay and Genting’s Resorts World Sentosa, which opened Singapore’s first casino in February, are making the island nation the gambling capital of Southeast Asia.

That’s OK by me.


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