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Old January 31st, 2007, 09:16 AM   #181
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Ride on S'pore Flyer for under $30

Although costlier than other attractions, prices will be kept relatively low to attract locals

31 Jan 07



IT WILL be $29.50 for that top-of-the-world feeling - a 37-minute ride on Singapore's giant observation wheel, the Singapore Flyer, when it opens early next year.
The 165m-tall attraction, the height of a 42-storey building, is not charging sky-high prices to attract more Singaporeans: Four in 10 of the anticipated 2.5 million passengers in the wheel's first year are expected to be from here.

Prices are being set low to pull them in, said Ms Patsy Ong, managing director of Adval Brand Group, the project's marketing agent.

Children aged three to 12 will pay $20.65, while senior citizens over 60 will pay $23.60, or 20 per cent off the full adult ticket price.

A ride on the Singapore Flyer will be cheaper than one on the 135m-tall London Eye, which charges around $45 for an adult.

However, it will cost more than a ticket to Malaysia's observation wheel in Kuala Lumpur, called Eye on Malaysia. A ride on that 60m-tall wheel costs RM15 (S$6.60) for an adult.

A ride on the Singapore Flyer is also pricey compared to other attractions here: The Singapore Zoo charges $15 for adults and $7.50 for children; the 131m-tall Carlsberg Sky Tower on Sentosa, which also touts a breathtaking view, charges $10 per adult and $6 per child.

But with a year to go, interest in the wheel is already growing. Adval has received no fewer than 50 inquiries a month in the last three months.

Travel agents here and overseas have been looking to bundle the attraction in their tour packages and brochures. Requests to hold weddings and corporate events on board have also been flowing in.

Each of the 28 fully air-conditioned capsules on the Singapore Flyer can carry 35 people. Each capsule can be booked for private events from $1,000 onwards.

The prices were fixed following surveys among 500 consumers and local and overseas travel agents, said Ms Ong.

Pegged to make the project profitable from Day One, they will remain unchanged for at least a year, said Singapore Flyer's managing director Peter Purcell.

The company will launch its ticketing offers to travel agents at the Asean Tourism Forum this week.

Members of the public can make bookings from tomorrow.

The wheel, to sit just opposite the upcoming Marina Bay Sands integrated resort, will crown a three-storey mall. The retailers there have not been announced, but 60 per cent of its 80,000 sq ft will be devoted to food and beverage outlets, most of them with waterfront dining.

In the Singapore Flyer's first year, about $6 million will be spent on marketing it through advertisements and promotional events such as concerts.

When asked if the relatively low price was to play things safe in view of the closure of the Crazy Horse Revue, Mr Purcell dismissed the suggestion.

'I think it was the wrong product in this particular market,' he said.

To be among the first to ride the Singapore Flyer, visit www.singaporeflyer.com.sg
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Old January 31st, 2007, 03:11 PM   #182
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Old January 31st, 2007, 03:44 PM   #183
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London Eye wasn't an original concept. Riesenrad, the giant observation wheel at Vienna was built in 1897. London Eye came 102 years later.
Vienna's wheel was built by an Englishman, Walter Bassett, who had already built a similar large ferris wheel in London (completed in 1895 and dismantled in 1907). Even the relatively recent and large wheels in Japan also belong to a previous generation of ferris wheels. The London Eye was the first of a new generation of observation wheels and Singapore is obviously copying that. I don't mind though. Cities copy one another all the time and immitation is the highest form of flattery after all...
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Old February 5th, 2007, 04:02 PM   #184
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Wheel is forming:

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Old February 5th, 2007, 04:09 PM   #185
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Stunning process.
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Old February 5th, 2007, 09:14 PM   #186
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maybe 1-2 more months and it has reached its final height
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Old February 7th, 2007, 05:08 AM   #187
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Wow, this is interesting to see built!
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Old February 7th, 2007, 06:28 AM   #188
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it's HUGE!
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Old February 13th, 2007, 03:10 AM   #189
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Old February 13th, 2007, 03:23 PM   #190
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Old February 13th, 2007, 03:45 PM   #191
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OMG! i can't believe it will cost $30 which is RM60 for a permanent ferris wheel ..i bet tourist from malaysia will only 'see' this wheel lah..
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They're fast!
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Old February 14th, 2007, 02:32 PM   #193
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Personally I find the construction method amazing..
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Old February 14th, 2007, 02:52 PM   #194
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it's always the same at such wheels i think
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it's always the same at such wheels i think
The lattice booms and the half built wheel don't seem in equilibrum..
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Looks like a giant viking in the making or a pendulum.
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Old February 18th, 2007, 02:54 PM   #197
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Flyer nearing full height.

Perhaps in next week.
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Old February 18th, 2007, 07:15 PM   #198
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it's always the same at such wheels i think
not really, the london eye was assembled on its side then hoisted into position, not seen any other ferris wheels on a similar scale go up, so its actually quite a revolutionary technique rather than the norm.

http://www.christopherholt.com/photo...don_eye_07.jpg
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Old February 19th, 2007, 07:47 PM   #199
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mmmhhh, you're right . but i think the Wheel in Singapore is a bit too big to use the same method
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Old February 19th, 2007, 10:13 PM   #200
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The Ferry in Place de La Concorde or Tuileries in Paris is smaller than the London Eye, still it is assembled that way. Maybe it depends on structure used and place.

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http://www.christopherholt.com/photo...don_eye_07.jpg
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