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2016 The Singapore Open, which sees the gathering of some of the world’s top players, returns to Sentosa Golf Club after a three-year hiatus with a new title sponsor. The SMBC Singapore Open 2016 took place in January 2016, marking the 50th edition of the country’s national Open.

Sentosa’s family entertainment centre opens its doors in February 2016 at Palawan Beach. Named Palawan Kidz City, this purpose-built three-storey building is home to anchor attractions – MOSH! and KidZania Singapore. The indoor facility not only complements existing outdoor activities, it also strengthened Palawan Beach’s position as Singapore’s family-friendly beachfront destination.

2015 Sentosa celebrates SG50 with a bagful of surprises for Singaporeans. In March, Sentosa announced complimentary admission for those who drive onto the island after 5pm on weekdays. Guests who walk in via the Sentosa Boardwalk will be treated to free admission 24/7! A huge party was also held for 50 Singaporeans who turn 50 in 2015.

In August, Sentosa launched Sands of Time, a 100 metre-long sand sculpture display of The Singapore Story along Siloso Beach. Over the Golden Jubilee Weekend, Singaporeans were treated to complimentary entry to some attractions on Sentosa, a Mass Line Dance and the Sentosa Merlion Magic Lights show.

In July, a brand new cable car line was opened on Sentosa, adding to the existing Mount Faber Line. The new Sentosa Line, a S$78 million investment, allows guests to connect from Merlion Plaza to Siloso Point, the western end of the island. Together, the two lines form the Singapore Cable Car Sky Network.

In December, the iconic Singapore Cable Car Sky Network celebrated its 50 millionth rider after more than 40 years in operation.

2014 The Songs of the Sea show closes in May, after a successful 7-year run, to make way for the new multimedia night spectacular – Wings of Time. The new show, which features a 10-metre tall backdrop against Sentosa’s Siloso Beach’s picturesque scenery, is a 25-min spectacular that takes audiences on a magical journey of regal proportions, with new robotic fountains, 3D video mapping and enhanced pyrotechnic effects.
2013 Quayside Isle opened in Sentosa Cove in March, offering a wide array of premium international dining concepts and specialty retail stores.
2012 The Port of Lost Wonder, Singapore’s first-ever beachside children’s club, opened on Palawan Beach in April, featuring an epic ship-themed water play area.

Sentosa celebrated its 40th Anniversary with a series of exciting activities from May to September. The island also welcomed its 150 millionth visitor in June.

Sentosa Cove got a new addition to its suite of luxury offerings when Singapore’s first W Hotel, W Singapore-Sentosa Cove and W-branded private residences opened its doors in September.

The world’s largest oceanarium – Marine Life Park – opens as Resorts World Sentosa celebrates its Grand Opening in December.

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.

The island also welcomed 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 Singapore theme park opens.




2009 Sentosa’s second vehicular bridge opens for inbound traffic, with the existing causeway bridge being converted to a three-lane carriageway for outbound traffic.

In the same year, SDC acquires the remaining 50 per cent shares in Mount Faber Leisure Group, making it a 100 per cent owned subsidiary company of SDC.

Three attractions open along Siloso Beach: Megazip, WaveHouse Sentosa and Azzura Beach Club.

2008 British bank Barclays, 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.

Also making the island home in the year is Amara Sanctuary Resort & Spa. 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 37-metres tall Sentosa Merlion opens on 2 January, making it the tallest Merlion structure in Singapore.

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 the 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 Musical 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 begins operations.

Sentosa Coralarium opens, becoming the first attraction on the island.

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 Sentosa Development Corporation (SDC) is formed as a statutory board under the Ministry of Trade & Industry to develop services, facilities and amenities on Sentosa for locals and tourists.