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    New large-scale tourism development to be built in Jurong Lake District

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    A vacant 7ha plot of land in the Jurong Lake District that will be developed into an integrated tourism development. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

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    Apr 16, 2019, 9:35 am SGT
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    Apr 16, 2019, 7:08 pm

    Tiffany Fumiko Tay
    tiffanyt@sph.com.sg

    SINGAPORE - The up-and-coming Jurong Lake District will welcome a new 7ha integrated tourism development from 2026.

    The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) will be calling for an expression of interest exercise for the development, which will feature a hotel, attractions, eateries and shops, it was announced on Tuesday (April 16).

    The now-vacant plot of land sits adjacent to Chinese Garden MRT station and the site where a new Science Centre will be built in Jurong Lake Gardens East.

    Making the announcement at STB's annual tourism industry conference, Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry Chee Hong Tat said that with its "unique waterfront environment and location... we envision this area to be transformed into a key attraction from 2026".

    The new development is in line with STB's strategy to spread out its tourism offerings across different parts of Singapore, he said, adding that the exercise will close in early November.

    The 360ha Jurong Lake District is positioned as Singapore's second Central Business District, and previously announced plans for the area include a commercial precinct, housing and expanded gardens.
    It will also host the Singapore terminus of the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High Speed Rail, and has been earmarked as a car-lite district.

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    To complement upcoming parks in the Mandai nature precinct, Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) will be refreshing the Singapore Zoo, Night Safari and River Safari, said Mr Chee.

    This will entail the use of technology to present animal encounters in new ways, he told tourism industry members at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre.

    WRS said in a statement it has developed a five-year masterplan that “seeks to enhance the distinctiveness of its operating parks... by addressing opportunities for creating immersive exhibits and scaling the delivery of memorable encounters”.

    The masterplan was formulated last year after a series of workshops and discussions that involved WRS’ management, board, staff and consultants, as well as interviews with members of the public on what they would like to see and experience, it said, adding that more details will be announced in due time.

    Mr Chee noted that tourism contributes to about 4 per cent of Singapore's gross domestic product and provides opportunities for local companies, with more than 60,000 jobs across its core industries.

    A new enterprise scheme by Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) will encourage businesses to develop and test innovative concepts and lifestyle experiences using Sentosa as a sandbox, he added.

    SDC said in a statement that the scheme, which was launched on Tuesday, will provide businesses with "co-sharing or waiver of venue rental, as well as support in terms of infrastructure and other facilitation resources".

    Focus areas for application evaluation include novel offerings, enhancing navigation around the island and sustainability initiatives, it said.

    Proposals can be submitted on its website until June 30, and successful applicants will be notified by the end of August.
     
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    STB chief executive Keith Tan said in a speech at the conference that the agency will focus on five areas over the next few years: growing the community of advocates and ambassadors for Singapore; building resilience in its source markets; developing competitive tourism enterprises; harnessing data and technology; and enhancing destination attractiveness.

    A new mid-sized attraction at the Singapore Flyer called the Time Capsule will open in the last quarter of this year and feature “experiential media”, while a Nerf Family Entertainment Centre will open at Marina Square in October.

    The expression of interest exercise, launched on Tuesday, has already garnered keen interest, he noted.

    Apart from the physical tourism landscape, transformation must also take place within the industry, given challenges such as changing traveller behaviour and preferences, more intense competition from other destinations and “more challenges and constraints” domestically, said Mr Tan.

    In the tourism industry’s bid to become more productive, innovative and digitally savvy, building a steady pipeline of local talent and manpower must be a first priority, he said, adding that Singapore can do better when it comes to employing persons with disabilities.

    STB will be rolling out several new initiatives to aid industry members in their evolution, including the launch of a Tech College to better prepare tourism businesses for the future, a series of Smart Hotel Transformation workshops to help hotels plan their own technology road maps, and a tourism incubator that will foster new ideas and test solutions.

    Singapore, which has seen three consecutive years of record highs in tourism arrivals and spending, must not take its success for granted, said Mr Tan. There were 18.5 million international visitor arrivals to Singapore last year.

    “If what we do does not engage or appeal to Singaporeans, we cannot possibly be a great destination for visitors,” he added.

    As part of its strategy to draw travellers from China and targeted South-east Asian countries to visit and spend more here, the STB on Tuesday partnered with Alibaba Group and travel booking site Traveloka.

    Over the next three years, STB and Alibaba will work together on marketing and data sharing efforts, with businesses in the Alibaba ecosystem such as Alipay, Fliggy and Youku helping to provide insights into the travel behaviour of Chinese visitors.

    Alibaba’s entertainment-related offerings will be leveraged to target young families and professionals, while digital solutions may also be implemented with shops, hotels and attractions here, the two parties said in a statement.

    Mr Tan said the partnership is a “game changer for Singapore”.

    “We will for the first time be able to engage with visitors at every step of the consumer journey, from pre-arrival to post-visit, through Alibaba’s platforms and technologies,” he said.

    STB’s partnership with Traveloka will promote Singapore as a preferred destination to visitors from five major South-east Asian markets: Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam, which made up a third of visitor arrivals to the Republic last year.

    More local activities and experiences will be made available for online booking on Traveloka’s regional platforms, while discussions are ongoing to promote Jewel Changi Airport and events such as the Great Singapore Sale in Indonesia, where the travel firm is based.

    Speaking to reporters about the Jurong Lake tourism development on the sidelines of the conference, Mr Tan said that while it will be integrated with the larger precinct, including the neighbouring Science Centre and gardens, its concept will ultimately depend on the ideas that arise from the express of interest exercise.

    “So that makes it quite distinctive from some of the other standalone attractions in Singapore,” he said, adding that families with young children would be a natural group to target.

    Facilities for business events may also be part of plans, as more travellers that mix work with leisure can be expected in line with the surrounding Western Business District.

    Addressing questions about the location of Singapore's new tourism development, Mr Tan said that the tourism appeal of the Jurong Lake area lies in the space it offers and the promise of the larger precinct.

    Tourists already make the trek out to further flung attractions such as the Singapore Zoo in Mandai, he noted, adding: “If it is compelling and attractive enough, people will go”.

    Many Singaporeans may have preconceived notions about the Jurong area, with words like “far away, industrial estate (and) inaccessible” coming to mind, he said. But the Jurong Lake District project aims to change this, with efforts by the Government to bring in more businesses and enhance connectivity with the rest of the island, said Mr Tan.

    He likened the area to the shopping and entertainment district of Odaiba in Tokyo, which houses several museums and other attractions.

    “It used to be fort islands, built off Tokyo Bay to protect Tokyo from invasion. So they were just islands built with nothing on them. But today if you go, you can't imagine its origins,” he said, adding that while Jurong already houses attractions, the aim is to reinvent and enhance them.

    Addressing the two-year deferment of the High=Speed Rail (HSR) project which would bring more visitors to the area, he said: “If it doesn't happen, we think there's still viability in the area. Our tourism projects are not dependent on whether the HSR comes about or not.”

    Spreading out Singapore's attractions can also help to increase visitors' average length of stay from 3.4 days currently, said Mr Tan.

    “I think with the Jurong Lake District in particular, they will see not just a tourist precinct, not just where tourists go, but where locals go.”
     
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    Singapore ranks as the world's third least miserable economy: Bloomberg
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    The index hailed the city's central bank and stable economic policies.

    Despite falling by one spot, Singapore still ranks as one of the world's least miserable countries, trailing only behind Thailand and Switzerland, according to an annual index from Bloomberg.

    Singapore's index reading, which measures a country's inflation and unemployment, stands at 3.3 and puts the city alongside Japan at third place. Bloomberg hailed the Singapore's stellar economic performance and 'central bankers [which] gained best-in-world status.'

    In a strong show of Asian dominance, Taiwan and Malaysia round out the top five with an index reading of 4.7 and 5.0 respectively. Hong Kong and South Korea hold seventh and eighth place respectively.

    At the other end of the spectrum, the world's most miserable country is Venezuela where inflation is expected to hit a whopping 8 million % in 2019. The embattled South American country is followed by Argentina, South Africa, Turkey and Greece who are also grappling with steep price growth and jobless rates.

    The Bloomberg Misery Index relies on the age-old concept that low inflation and high employment generally illustrate how good an economy's residents ought to feel.
     
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    Singapore ranked the 20th most powerful country in the world
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    This year’s US News and World Report rankings show that Singapore has clinched the 20th spot among the 80 most powerful countries in the world.

    The annual US News and World Report, which was completed in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania this year, surveyed 20,000 participants on their opinions of 80 nations around the world. The rankings are based on the nation’s political and financial influence, international alliances, the strength of its military and how it acts as an international leader.

    Singapore has climbed up four spots in the list over the last year. In 2018, it was ranked the 24th most powerful country in the world and this year, the city-state is in the 20th position.

    The United States of America (USA) continues occupying the top spot in the report. The top ten most powerful nations in this year’s list are: 1) USA; 2) Russia; 3) China; 4) Germany; 5) The United Kingdom; 6) France; 7) Japan; 8) Israel; 9) Saudi Arabia; 10) South Korea.

    Besides South Korea, which was ranked 11 out of 80 in 2018, there is no change in the rankings of the top 9 most powerful countries.

    The countries that clinched the spots 11-20 this year are: 11) United Arab Emirates (UAE); 12) Canada; 13) Iran; 14) Switzerland; 15) Australia; 16) Turkey; 17) India; 18) Italy; 19) Iraq; 20) Singapore.

    The UAE slipped out of the top ten this year and was replaced by South Korea. There is no change in the rankings of Canada and Iran from 2018 while Switzerland climbed up from the 17th spot in 2018. Australia rose up to the 15th spot this year, after being ranked 16 out of 80 last year.

    Both Turkey and India slipped by two spots, after being ranked 14 out of 80 and 15 out of 80 respectively in 2018. There is no change in the ranking of Italy from 2018 while Iraq climbed to the 19th spot this year, just ahead of Singapore, after not even placing on the list of the 80 most powerful nations last year.

    View the rankings in full HERE.
     
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    Mediacorp bags 14 awards at World Media Festivals

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    16 May 2019 05:20PM (Updated: 16 May 2019 05:20PM)

    SINGAPORE: Mediacorp won 14 awards at the 2019 World Media Festivals Television & Corporate Media Awards, its largest haul of awards to date at the global competition.

    The six Gold and seven Silver awards were for news and documentary programmes produced in-house, as well as in collaboration with external production companies.

    One of the six Gold awards handed out at the ceremony in Hamburg, Germany was in the News: Breaking News Coverage category, for CNA's reporting of the historic DPRK-USA Singapore Summit in June 2018.

    CNA also picked up Gold awards for its analyses of India’s caste conflict on Insight, a CNA documentary, and Myanmar’s Rohingya refugee crisis in the Documentary: Society & Social Issues and News: Current Events categories, respectively. Insight – India Caste Conflict was also named a Grand Award winner, one of the highest accolades in the competition.

    Singapore After Dark, produced in partnership with Peddling Pictures, clinched Gold for CNA in the Documentaries: Lifestyle category.

    “It is an immense honour to see CNA’s productions continue to receive plaudits on the international stage. Particularly when the world’s eyes were trained on the Trump-Kim Summit last year, our entire CNA newsroom did Singapore proud by sparing no effort to ensure that we delivered the news quickly, accurately and objectively,” said Ms Tham Loke Kheng, CEO of MediaCorp.

    "In all, these awards garnered at the World Media Festivals 2019 recognise several firsts for CNA and demonstrate its rich creative talent and production capabilities."

    Since 2000, the World Media Festivals has been honouring the best in television, corporate film, print and online content from around the world.


    Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/new...s-14-awards-at-world-media-festivals-11539598
     

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