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Milestones

Year Description
2011 Sentosa opens a 700 metres footbridge, the Sentosa Boardwalk that spans between Sentosa and mainland Singapore. This iconic landmark features five garden themes set against lush landscapes and canopy-covered travellators.

Opening of the world’s largest and Singapore’s only indoor skydiving simulator, iFly Singapore.

2010 Singapore’s first integrated resort, Resorts World Sentosa, and Universal Studios theme park opens.
2009 Sentosa’s second vehicular bridge opens for inbound traffic. The existing causeway bridge is converted to a three-lane carriageway for outbound traffic.Sentosa acquires remaining 50 per cent shares in Mount Faber Leisure Group, making it a 100 per cent owned subsidiary company of SDC.

Opening of three attractions along Siloso Beach: Megazip, WaveHouse Sentosa and Azzura Beach Club.

2008 British bank Barclays and sponsor of the Singapore Open raises the tournament’s purse prize to US$5 million, making it the Asian Tour’s richest golf tournament.GoGreen introduces the Segway, a two-wheeled self-balancing electric vehicle, to the island.
2007 Sentosa’s S$140 million light-rail system, the Sentosa Express opens, enhancing transportation links between mainland Singapore and Sentosa, and around the island.  The Sentosa Express replaces the Sentosa Monorail, which served the western half of the island from 1982 to 2005.Amara Sanctuary opens

Renowned Spanish beach bar Café Del Mar opens its S$3 million recreational establishment on Siloso Beach.

Launch of Grow Our Nature Heritage programme, a conservation effort to preserve the wildlife and flora, as well as encourage responsible environmental practices, on Sentosa.

New multi-sensory experience, Songs of the Sea, is launched and replaces the Magical Sentosa fountain show.

2006 Palawan Beach reopens after a major S$11 million revamp, offering guests more recreational, food, beverage, retail and entertainment offerings as well as improved amenities for beach-goers.The S$50 million hotel Siloso Beach Resort opens along Siloso Beach.

The Singapore Government awards the Sentosa integrated resort project to a joint consortium comprising Genting International and Star Cruises.

2005 One of Singapore’s most celebrated sporting events, the Singapore Open, returns to Sentosa Golf Club’s Serapong course with US$2 million prize money.
2004 Refurbishment of Fort Siloso is completed, making it a one-stop centre for an overview of Singapore’s World War Two history.Singapore’s first waterfront residential and marina precinct, ONE°15 Marina Club, is awarded to SUTL Group.

Sentosa earns a Guinness World Record for having “The Most People (1,309 participants) wearing balloon hats” at the Sentosa Balloon Hat Festival 2004.

2002 Sentosa embarks on a major ten-year development plan to transform the island into a world-class resort destination.Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) re-aligns its corporate structure and transfers the day-to-day operations of the island to Sentosa Leisure Management Pte Ltd, its wholly-owned subsidiary.

SDC and its subsidiaries are now known as the Sentosa Leisure Group (SLG).

2000 An International Advisory Council for Sentosa, comprising international industry experts, is formed to provide counsel on the future development of the island.
1998 Passenger cars are allowed to enter the island under the newly-introduced Drive-In scheme.
1996 The Merlion opens.Sijori Sentosa Resort, which occupies two pre-war buildings, opens after refurbishment.
1995 First mini golf course in Singapore, Sijori Wondergolf, opens.Sentosa Cove Private Limited is incorporated to develop and manage Sentosa Cove, a prestigious waterfront residential and marina project on the island.
1994 Festivals of Singapore opens. Together with Pioneers of Singapore and Surrender Chambers, it is regrouped under one umbrella as Images of Singapore.
1993 Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort receives its first guests.
1992 A 710-metre long causeway-bridge, linking Sentosa to the mainland, opens to traffic.
1991 SDC’s first business partners under its Sales of Sites Programme commence operations.Underwater World (Singapore) Private Limited opens Singapore’s largest oceanarium.

The Beaufort Hotel (now known as The Sentosa Resort and Spa) opens its doors to the public.

1989 Construction on the Ferry Terminal and Fountain Gardens are completed, enhancing the ferry arrival experience of visitors.
1983 The Pioneers of Singapore museum opens to the public.
1982 Sentosa’s monorail system starts operations.The Musicial Fountain and The Nature Walk open to the public.
1976-1977 SDC reclaims the Surrender Chambers wax museum from then Singapore Tourism Promotion Board.SDC takes over the management of St John’s Island from then Maritime Port Authority and opens it to the public as a holiday and recreational resort.
1975 Fort Siloso opens to the public.Kusu Island opens to the public, after works to build swimming and beach facilities for visitors are completed.
1974 The cable car transport system linking Sentosa and Mount Faber starts operations.
1973 Sentosa Golf Club Pte Ltd is incorporated to manage two 18-hole golf courses on the island.The Singapore Cable Car Pte Ltd is established to manage the aerial cableway that spans Sentosa and Mount Faber. SDC holds a 50 per cent stake in the company.
1972 SDC is formed to develop services, facilities and amenities on Sentosa for locals and tourists.