Singapore Business Review - - FROM THE EDITOR -

Sin­ga­pore is used to host­ing and build­ing world class events such as the For­mula 1 night race. But it is less ac­cus­tomed to once fa­mous and crowd draw­ing events can­celling , as was the case with Art Stage Sin­ga­pore, which pulled the plug on its event just 8 days be­fore it was due to start, as we write about in our cover story on page 32.

Per­haps this is a san­guine les­son that even though we may be lit­er­ally “build­ing it” with ex­tra ex­hi­bi­tion space at the IR’S, en­sur­ing “they will come” is an­other harder mat­ter en­tirely. The rea­sons for the can­cel­la­tion are well doc­u­mented in the story and may be unique to the art mar­ket. But the risk that Sin­ga­pore may be build­ing out lots of new ex­hi­bi­tion space with­out enough thought and sup­port for new crowd and tourist pulling events to fill them needs to be reck­oned with.

Cer­tainly the Rugby 7’s at Kal­lang is a great draw­card but even then, the sta­dium re­mains but a half full. More in­te­gra­tion be­tween fa­cil­i­ties and events needs to hap­pen to en­sure Sin­ga­pore not only stays ahead in South­east Asia, but for it to be­come a must visit more than once des­ti­na­tion from those fur­ther afield in China and in­deed, the world.

As we look for­ward to the open­ing of the Jewel Changi and the 15,000 ca­pac­ity in­door en­ter­tain­ment space as part of the Ma­rina Bay Sands Ex­ten­sion, let’s hope that we can draw enough high qual­ity acts to per­form there to keep the tourist in­dus­try grow­ing.

Tim Charl­ton

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