Next year's Singapore SEA Games will have a true city feel to it, as organisers announced on Wednesday that 20 hotels in the central part of the island will provide accommodation for athletes, officials and delegates during the sporting extravaganza.
Based on the concept of a "Celebration in the City", the likes of Marina Bay Sands and Fairmont Singapore were picked for their convenient location near the Singapore Sports Hub and areas where the majority of the sports competitions and fringe events will be held.
"The 28th SEA Games will celebrate and showcase sport against the backdrop of Singapore's stunning city setting. We want our Games athletes and officials to enjoy our city's unique flavours, sights and sounds, even as they focus on competing at their best," said Lim Teck Yin, chairman of the Singapore SEA Games Organising Committee's (Singsoc) exco committee.
"We are confident that our SEA Games athletes and officials will have an enjoyable stay and return home with wonderful memories of the Games and Singapore."
To ensure that housing athletes and officials in hotels would be cost-effective, Singsoc said in a statement that it had carefully evaluated the alternative of having a centralised athlete village in university hostels.
The study, it added, showed that the costs would be comparable because of the need to install additional arrangements for the Games, such as security fencing and having to restore conditions on return. Singsoc noted that the hotels which participated in the tender had also acknowledged "their role in this national effort" and had "offered attractive packages".
List of hotels: Amara Singapore, Copthorne King's Hotel, Days Hotel Singapore At Zhongshan Park, Fairmont Singapore, Furama City Centre Singapore, Furama Riverfront Singapore, Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, Grand Mercure Roxy Hotel, Village Hotel Bugis, M Hotel Singapore, Marina Bay Sands, Marina Mandarin Singapore, Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay, PARKROYAL on Beach Road, PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road, Peninsula Excelsior Hotel, Ramada Singapore At Zhongshan Park, Resorts World Sentosa - Hard Rock Hotel and Festive Hotel, Swissotel The Stamford Singapore, Pan Pacific Hotel Singapore.