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Zouk 'put Singapore on world map before F1 did'

Published on Jun 22, 2014 7:09 AM
 
Some tourism industry people feel that the closure of Zouk would be a great loss for Singapore, which aspires to be an arts hub and entertainment capital. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

The closure of Zouk would be a great loss for Singapore, tourism experts told The Sunday Times.

Although it would not be reflected in terms of a decline in tourist numbers, Dr Chang Tou Chuang feels the nightspot put Singapore on the world map long before Formula One did.

"Unlike Formula One, which happens only one weekend in a year, Zouk provides something for people to do in the evenings all year round," said the associate professor from the geography department, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, at the National University of Singapore.

Dr Chang - a tourism geographer by training, with research interests in urban, social-cultural and tourism geographies - said he has seen how "land use zoning has taken priority" in Singapore despite the nation wanting to be an arts hub and entertainment capital of the world.

 
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