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Old September 21st, 2005, 03:33 PM   #41
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Whatever happened to Shanghai Star?
or was it Star of Shanghai....
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Old September 22nd, 2005, 04:17 PM   #42
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hey why couldn't we get a shanghai star design. at least its not whimsical.
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Old September 23rd, 2005, 02:29 PM   #43
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awesome!!! imagine being in the capsule that high!!
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Old September 23rd, 2005, 02:52 PM   #44
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Should be good, now singapore needs to try to be even greener, more trees and less smog should make it a splendid view, but i doubt singapore can get much greener, everyspace seems to be filled with trees! (and thats a good thing)
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Old September 24th, 2005, 12:07 AM   #45
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You will be surprised

as part of its masterplan for the new downtown, 3 huge areas will be set aside for lavish gardens along the seafront. The size is immense, and the backdrop of skyscrapers, tropical waters and lush gardens promises to be an interesting experience.

More than ever, Singapore is pushing itself as a Garden City
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Old September 24th, 2005, 02:09 PM   #46
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amaizing project in shanghaj
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Old September 24th, 2005, 02:44 PM   #47
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Wow, the Shanghai and Dubai ones are pretty neat. I don't know what it is though, in Shanghai, since it's not a wheel at all. It's like a slow-moving rollercoaster. Who knew there'd be a renaissance in ferris wheels?
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Old September 24th, 2005, 04:12 PM   #48
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That is Shanghai Star?
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Old September 27th, 2005, 02:49 PM   #49
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27 September 2005

Building of Singapore Flyer to start after ground breaking ceremony
By Wong Siew Ying, Channel NewsAsia

The integrated resort operators may have to wait just a little longer to get their projects going.

But another iconic project at Marina Bay has taken off.

The Singapore Flyer project is finally off the road.

On Tuesday, National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan and developers officiated at the ground breaking ceremony, with leaders from seven religious groups presiding over the blessing rites.

At some 45 storeys high, the $240 million attraction at Marina Bay will be the world's largest observation wheel.

The Singapore Flyer is funded entirely by the private sector.

The Tourism Board says it'll continue to strategically deploy its $2 billion Tourism Development Fund to bring more projects into Singapore.

Expected to be completed in 30 months, the Singapore Flyer is part of an exciting vision for the bayfront area.

Minister Mah said: "It'll be one of the many attractions that you'll see coming up around the bay. It will be what I call a necklace of attractions - the Flyer, the Esplanade, after the Sail will be the BFC, after the BFC will be the integrated resorts, and overlaying the area will be the three gardens by the bay." - CNA/ir

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Old September 27th, 2005, 02:53 PM   #50
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FINALLY, AFTER 3 YEARS!!!!!!!!!
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Old September 28th, 2005, 09:45 AM   #51
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Work on Singapore Flyer to start this week

28 Sep 05

By Marcel Lee Pereira

THE Singapore Flyer is coming up at last.

Construction of the giant Ferris wheel starts this week - almost three years after it was first proposed to National Development Minister Mah Bow Tan.

Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony at Marina Bay yesterday, Mr Mah admitted he was initially unimpressed with the idea.

'It looked to me like a very big Ferris wheel and I said to myself: 'What's so great about it?' ' he said candidly.

In the end, however, he was convinced it was 'quite special and unique' and referred it to the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Urban Redevelopment Authority.

There will still be a three year wait, though, to ride the Flyer, as the 178m-high wheel is expected to take its first passengers in 2008.

It was slated to be built by the end of this year, but was delayed by complex financing details.

However, this month, two German banks - Delbrueck Bethmann Maffei, the private banking arm of ABN Amro, and Bayerische Hypo-und Vereinsbank - stepped in with the $240 million needed to fund it.

STB chief executive Lim Neo Chian expects the Flyer to appeal to families, which currently make up more than 30 per cent of total visitor arrivals.

Next to the upcoming Millenia MRT station, the Flyer is part of what Mr Mah termed a 'necklace of attractions' in Marina Bay. They include the upcoming business and financial centre and the integrated resort.

Mr Mah believes the Flyer will literally give 'a new perspective of Singapore'.
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Old September 28th, 2005, 11:05 AM   #52
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wow, the one in shanghai looks just out of this world.
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Old September 28th, 2005, 07:09 PM   #53
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Old September 29th, 2005, 06:03 PM   #54
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I hate Ferris Wheels, unless they are in an amusement park. They look kitchy
beyond belief in the middle of the city. And that includes The Eye of London.
It is a part of Americana that I would never have dreamt could get elevated to this
status.
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Old October 3rd, 2005, 05:28 PM   #55
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I don't know why does Ferris Wheels is such a popular amusement ficility?
Every country wants to build one?
London(already built), Shanghai, Singapore and HK etc.

Why??????????????????
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Old October 3rd, 2005, 06:31 PM   #56
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Quote:
Originally Posted by dannykylaw
I don't know why does Ferris Wheels is such a popular amusement ficility?
Every country wants to build one?
London(already built), Shanghai, Singapore and HK etc.

Why??????????????????
I'm with you on that one, bud. The most mystifying is that London would
want one on their beautiful skyline. They might make more sense in Asian
cities, though.
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Old October 3rd, 2005, 06:57 PM   #57
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yes, kitsch KITSCH! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHG. themepark architecture. yuck. i think mah bow tan also lately said that he has no idea how MND came to approve of the thing.
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Old October 4th, 2005, 04:11 AM   #58
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Oct 4, 2005
No spin...there's a guarantee on S'pore Flyer ticket sales
Marketing firm takes unusual step of promising $16m a year in receipts

By Kelvin Wong

CONSTRUCTION work may have just started on Singapore's giant Ferris wheel known as the Singapore Flyer but the company with exclusive marketing rights is already utterly convinced it will be a winner.

So convinced, in fact, that it is taking the unusual step of guaranteeing annual ticketing receipts of $16 million for the first 10 years of its operation, starting in 2008.

In an industry where spin sometimes jostles with the truth, Adval Brand Group, the exclusive marketing agent for the Singapore Flyer, is putting its money where its mouth is.

If sales fall short of its target, it will have to top up the difference to Singapore Flyer - a joint venture company between German logistics and engineering services company Melchers Project Management and Orient & Pacific Management, a consultancy based in the British Virgin Islands.

At an expected price of $25 per ticket, the company's target translates into at least 640,000 visitors each year from the first quarter of 2008.

But Adval, which handles everything from ticketing and marketing to overseas tie-ups with tour agencies for the iconic 178m observation wheel, is quite 'comfortable' with the target.

The branding and marketing company, which is 45 per cent owned by NTUC Club Investments, is paid a one-off fee plus a tiered commission on visitor receipts.

Said its co-founder and managing director, Ms Patsy Ong: 'If you look at observation towers worldwide, such as the London Eye and the Eiffel Tower, they have proved to be top attractions in their respective countries.

'Indeed, if we get anything less than two million visitors a year, we will be very disappointed.'

The numbers were arrived at by performing 'trend analysis' on the London Eye; taking into account visitor counts to local attractions such as the Singapore Zoo and the Underwater World in Sentosa as well.

The London Eye, located on the south bank of the River Thames, attracted in excess of four million visitors in 2003, said Ms Ong. It charges £12.50 (S$37) per normal ride and £25 for those who do not want to queue.

At $25, the Singapore Flyer would draw not just tourists, but will also be very attractive to locals, she added.

Adval will also introduce 'fast-track' tickets for the those wanting to avoid queues to the Singapore Flyer, but it has yet to decide on the price.

In addition, it is looking at allowing Singaporeans to redeem part of the cost of the ride at a three-storey terminal building which the Singapore Flyer will straddle. The building will have food and beverage outlets, shops and an amphitheatre.

'But of course, the endearing appeal is still the main attraction. People want to have a bird's eye view of the island and on a good day, you can even see Malaysia or Indonesia,' said Ms Ong.

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Old October 4th, 2005, 04:16 AM   #59
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Melbourne is also in the process of getting one as well.
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Old October 4th, 2005, 04:38 PM   #60
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That is headache !!! Every countries with a Ferris Wheels in 20/30 years.
If this was truth. Oh, shit !!!!!!!!
Try to build other attractive / great architecture instead of Ferris wheels as well. please!!!
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