Chocolate factory, wellness festival, electric karts: new attractions to expect as Singapore reopens

Young people can expect new attractions and events in Singapore this year as our country prepares to breathe new life into the tourism industry.

New attractions include a new electric racing attraction in Sentosa, a chocolate factory in Dempsey and festivals, such as the Wellness Festival which begins in June.

Nearly half a billion dollars have been set aside for these recreational activities to make Singapore ready for recreational tourism again.

In doing so, Singapore aims to recover pent-up travel demand and accelerate the recovery of the tourism sector, although it will take a few years for international travel to fully resume, the Minister of State for Trade and Tourism said. Industry, Alvin Tan, at the Tourism Industry Conference on April 6.

The electric racing attraction will be called HyperDrive and will feature a three-level race track that people can challenge using electric go-karts.

It is part of the next Shangri-La Group Palawan Sands initiative, a new lifestyle and entertainment district on Palawan Beach. Palawan Sands will also feature a new mini-golf course.

HyperDrive will feature virtual game elements, where players can collect bonuses such as weapons and boosters. PHOTO CREDIT: SHANGRI-LA GROUP

The chocolate factory, launched by Mr Bucket Chocolaterie, will allow visitors to personalize their own chocolate bars with ingredients sourced from across Asia. It is expected to start in the fourth quarter of this year, as reported by The time of the straits.

Gardens by the Bay will also see its cloud forest transformed into a Avatar themed universe a bit later that year when the movie Avatar 2 was released. Additionally, Somerset will feature TrifectaAsia’s first-ever integrated sports facility where visitors can skate, surf and snowboard, in 2023.

A new 10-day Wellness Festival will also begin in early June. The festival will feature wellness masterclasses and events such as a multi-sensory pop-up at Gardens by the Bay.

Wellness tours and outdoor fitness classes will also be broadcast live in tourist areas as part of a collaboration between tour operator Monster Day Tours and health club aggregator ClassPass. PHOTO CREDIT: AMAURI MEJIA

There will be plenty of wellness activities to choose from, as the National Gallery Singapore will host its own wellness programs and Sentosa will kick off the Livewell Festival with wellness-themed events.

By organizing tourism events with a focus on sustainability and well-being, Singapore aims to differentiate itself from other countries, said Keith Tan, chief executive of the Singapore Tourism Board.

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