A chocolate factory and electric go-karts among the new attractions in Singapore

SINGAPORE, April 10 (The Straits Times/ANN): As Singapore eases national Covid-19 rules and opens its borders, the Singapore Tourism Board is preparing for recovery. Several new attractions and experiences are planned to meet pent-up travel demand.

Here are a few:

1. Action sports facility in Somerset

Singapore-based adventure sports company The Ride Side will set up an action sports facility on the vacant site next to Somerset Skate Park. Its opening is scheduled for 2023.

Called Trifecta, the facility will allow visitors to skate, surf, ski and snowboard in various arenas inspired by the skate bowls of California, the waves of Bali and the powder snow of Japan.

The slopes of the snow arena will be powered by Asia’s first virtual reality ski simulator to mimic the rugged terrain of a natural mountain. For surfing in the wave pools, technology will be integrated to generate waves of up to 1.5m.

Apart from the arenas, this attraction will also include restaurants and retail stores. Spanning approximately 49,611 square feet, the facility is part of plans to rejuvenate Orchard Road, Singapore’s main shopping area.

2. Electric go-karts in Sentosa

A new racing and interactive game activity in Sentosa is being developed by the Sentosa Development Corporation and Palawan Innovation Studios. Known as HyperDrive, the new attraction will see electric go-karts race through a three-level race track.

3. Chocolate Factory in Dempsey

Chocolate lovers can lick their lips at the new concept chocolate shop set to debut in the fourth quarter of this year at Dempsey. Launched by local company Mr Bucket Chocolaterie, it will allow visitors to customize their own chocolate bars sourced from Asian countries.

4. Bring Avatar to Gardens by the Bay

Gardens by the Bay’s Cloud Forest will be transformed into Pandora, the fictional universe of the popular sci-fi film Avatar, released in 2009.

The new offering, called Avatar: The Experience, will be introduced later this year. It is a collaboration between Cityneon Holdings, Disney Location-Based Experiences, director James Cameron and Jon Landau’s Lightstorm Entertainment.

The Cloud Forest at Gardens by the Bay, with its iconic waterfalls, spiraling walkways and architectural glass greenhouse, is the perfect location for this new experience, said Mr. Ron Tan, Managing Director and Executive Chairman of Cityneon Group.

Described as an “immersive event”, Avatar: The Experience will feature key elements such as Pandora’s mystical creatures and bioluminescent environments.

The experience is also set to coincide with the worldwide release of the movie sequel Avatar 2, which is slated for release in December this year. – The Straits Times/ANN

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