Latest CNNGo.com "Say What? with mrbrown" column: An early look at Resorts World Sentosa
I ride my Dahon folding bicycle across the new causeway linking the mainland to Sentosa island, for a preview of the hotels at Resorts World Sentosa before the resort opens to the public on January 20 (check out the gallery of first-look photos above).
Most Singaporeans call it the Sentosa Casino but, as we are constantly reminded by the Singapore Government, we should call it the Integrated Resort. After all, the casino is just one part of the IR, along with a mix of hotels and a theme park.
"$2 please," says the gentleman at the admission booth.
Yes, I need to pay $2 to ride my bicycle into Sentosa. It may well be just a visitor charge, and not a fee for my vehicle. At least I am not in a car or cab, who have had their surcharges and entrance fees increased in conjunction with the opening of the IR. To encourage carpooling, we are told.
Such a strange way to encourage people to come to your troublesome-to-get-to island though. But Resorts World Sentosa is, to their credit, absorbing the admission fees for visitors to the resort's hotels and restaurants. (cont'd)