MM Lee tours Marina Bay Sands ahead of grand opening
Lee Kuan Yew gives his seal of approval to the “striking” Marina Bay Sands. Both Adelson and Lee use golf carts to get around, but unlike Adelson, Lee stands without a cane. CNA, with video:
Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew said it will take up to seven years for Singapore’s second Integrated Resort to reach capacity.
He made the comments after touring Marina Bay Sands, one day ahead of its grand opening.
With Las Vegas Sands’ Sheldon Adelson by his side, the Minister Mentor spent about 1.5 hours at Marina Bay Sands.
He said he wanted a tour of the area to form his own impression on what he thinks are the chances of the project succeeding.
MM Lee said: “I am interested to see what are the backroom workings of it and I make my own impressions on what I think the chances of it succeeding are.” …
Mr Lee said: “It’s a striking, splendid building. It adds to the landscape in a dramatic fashion and what I’ve seen in the inside, it justifies the outlook. I think now is to make sure it draws in customers as it’s supposed to and when it does that it will transform the nightlife of Singapore.”
Mr Lee said with a project this scale, the US$5.5 billion Marina Bay Sands could take three to seven years to reach full capacity.
That’s when results from tourism and convention trade can be seen.
MM Lee said: “It’s a very big project. When it’s all filled up, it will increase our tourist trade and people who come here for conventions multi-fold. That’s quite a job to do in a couple of years. The word has got to spread. It can’t spread with just one news conference or one display. People have to come here, enjoy it, and word of mouth will bring more in.”
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