Historic sites in demand for private events, says Singapore Land Authority
Interest sparked by SLA's efforts to market them as unusual venues
Historic sites such as the defunct Tanjong Pagar Railway Station and former Kallang Airport are being increasingly hired out to host private sector lifestyle events.
Fashion shows, product launches, exhibitions, pop-up restaurants, plus sport and fund-raising events have all been held using short-term licences from the Singapore Land Authority (SLA).
It told The Straits Times that it is issuing 50 per cent more Non-Renewable Temporary Occupation Licences for these than it did in 2010. Around 30 were issued in 2012 alone - 16 for the use of the former railway station.
They are handed out for one-off events on state properties and land for a fixed duration of no more than 90 days.
State properties are often rich in history and character and are popular with the public. Where possible, SLA will market these properties for short-term use so that Singaporeans can enjoy events held there and bask in the charm that these properties offer.
- SLA director of land operations Lee Seng Lai