Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
9:28 AM 10th September 2019

What’s New In Singapore?

As Singapore commemorates its Bicentennial year, tourist chiefs in the Southeast Asian country have shifted this year’s emphasis to ‘culture’ as they seek to give it a fresh focus.

With more than 700 years of history, miles of tropical hidden nature reserves and a skyline that looks firmly to the future, Singapore is, in many ways, unlike anywhere else but, right now, food, culture and new hotel openings are figuring high on the agenda.

A diverse array of events are still in the offing and travellers can take advantage of some holiday deals and savings from UK tour operators such as Trailfinders and Abercrombie & Kent in a new section on the Singapore Tourism Board website.

Here’s a snapshot of some things of those things that are happening:

Mid-Autumn Festival (13 September 2019)
Marking the end of the autumn harvest, the Mid-Autumn Festival was traditionally a time to give thanks to the gods. It is also a time of year that the moon is at its brightest and since the festival is all about lunar appreciation, the celebrations kick off once the sun goes down. Visitors can expect festive street stalls, nightly stage shows and an enchanting light up, as Chinatown is beautifully adorned with colourful lanterns and dazzling decorations.

Deepavali in Little India (7 September - 2 November 2019)
Also known as the ‘Festival of Lights,’ Deepavali is a colourful and elaborate celebration of the triumph of good over evil. Visit Little India during this exciting season to discover the intricate decorations, delicacies and rituals of Singapore’s Indian community. Highlights of the celebration include the light-up ceremony, street parades and a buzzing bazaar that consists of an eclectic mix of stalls offering Indian ethnic wear and jewellery, delicacies, art and music.

Raffles Singapore Reopens
The iconic Raffles Hotel, first opened in 1887, re-opened its doors to guests last month following a two year renovation. The re-opening includes new suite categories, new lifestyle experiences and refreshed dining concepts. Raffles Hotel Singapore is the flagship property of Raffles Hotels & Resorts and is one of the few remaining 19th century hotels in the world. It is also home to the original Singapore Sling.

The Barracks Hotel Sentosa - December 2019
Set against Sentosa’s storied backdrop of maritime intrigue, The Barracks Hotel Sentosa was once a British artillery outpost, home to soldiers from afar. Now fully restored, the hotel will transport explorers back to the golden age of travel. Once it opens in December, the property will feature 40 guestrooms and suites with a sophisticated and elegant décor befitting of the hotel’s colonial past.

Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore – Q1 2020
Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore is scheduled to open early next year and is located within the renowned Laguna National Golf and Country Club only 10 minutes by car from Changi International Airport and 15 minutes from downtown. Comprising 198 rooms and suites plus eight corporate villas showcasing the best of contemporary Asian design, this luxurious hotel is perfectly equipped for business and leisure. It is within easy drive of two-championship golf courses.

The GREAT Food Festival 2019 (26-29 September 2019)
The world’s best chefs are gathering in Singapore in September to serve their signature dishes and more at The GREAT Food Festival (TGFF). From Resorts World Sentosa’s celebrity chefs to culinary masters from across the globe, each chef comes ready to impress with their own unique creations. Taste desserts from top patissiers at Rollin’ Sweet Times, clink glasses of superior wine, gin, whiskey and other spirits at The Cellar, and learn tips from award-winning chefs when you meet them up close and in person at their masterclasses. TGFF is a gathering of the world’s best cuisines and a chance to try gastronomic innovations you’ll never forget.

……find out more about the forthcoming:

GREAT Wine & Dine Festival (11-12 October 2019)
Grand Prix Season Singapore (13-22 September 2019)
Asia’s largest festival at sea 13-15 November 2019
Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon (29 November – 1 December 2019)

For further information on Singapore’s Bicentennial, please visit: