DBS to pump in $12 million more to enliven Marina Bay area

People watching a film during a screening at the DBS Movies by the Bay, a monthly event launched in October 2013. DBS has pledged to pump in another $12 million over the next three years to draw more people to the Marina Bay area, to make it a vibran
People watching a film during a screening at the DBS Movies by the Bay, a monthly event launched in October 2013. DBS has pledged to pump in another $12 million over the next three years to draw more people to the Marina Bay area, to make it a vibrant playground for the public. -- PHOTO: DBS MEDIA CENTRE

SINGAPORE - The Marina Bay financial hub will continue to be a vibrant playground for the public, with DBS pledging to pump in another $12 million over the next three years to draw more people to the area.

This is in addition to the $10 million that the bank has spent to organise activities in the area from 2013. These events, including the Marina Regatta, Movies by the Bay and the Marina Sailing Programme, have attracted about 60,000 people to the Bay since they were launched.

Announced on Monday, the new tranche is expected to pull in 40,000 people a year. The highlight will be six new 18m-tall sail boats, the only such boats in Asia. Free fortnightly sailing sessions, which were over-subscribed in the past, will also be increased to twice weekly.

Chartering one of these competitive sailing vessels from Portugal would cost $10,000 per day.

The DBS Marina Regatta and Movies by the Bay will also continue to run.