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Universal Studios Singapore lures tourists with record-breaking light show

Veeramalla Anjaiah

The Jakarta Post

Singapore  /  Thu, December 1, 2016  /  03:02 pm
Universal Studios Singapore lures tourists with record-breaking light show

A Christmas tree, deers and other decorations made from light bulbs as part of the Santa's All-Star Christmas show at Universal Studios Singapore. The journey opened to the public on Dec. 1 and runs until Jan. 2. (JP/Veeramalla Anjaiah)

Universal Studios Singapore (USS), a popular place for Indonesian tourists, has prepared a special attraction for the end-year holiday season.

Kicking off on Thursday and running until Jan. 2, the annual Santa’s All-Star Christmas celebration boasts "the world’s largest indoor venue light bulb display" as the main attraction. It reportedly took two months to prepare the display, which consists of 824,961 light bulbs.

“It is the biggest display in the world and also the new Guinness World Record, “ Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) senior marketing executive Amanda Tan Hui Lin told The Jakarta Post in Singapore.

Starting Thursday, visitors can expect to pass through eight thematic zones; from the Enchanted Pine Forest to Herald’s Square. Santa’s All-Star Christmas has transformed the place into a winter wonderland with snowfall, festive lights, fireworks, new musical performances and many other attractions.

(Read also: Singapore Airlines to cut 5 weekly flights to Jakarta)

Christmas gifts made from colorful light bulbs as part of the Santa's All-Star Christmas show at Universal Studios Singapore.(JP/ Veeramalla Anjaiah)

“This year, we have upped the ante for Santa’s All-Star Christmas with new experiences, including the Universal Journey and the Santa’s Village that promises to bring back your fondest childhood memories of the yuletide season,” RWS senior vice president of attractions Jason Horkin said in a press release.

According to Singapore tourism board data, Indonesia has been the number one country of origin for international tourists to Singapore for many years, with 2,731, 690 Indonesians visiting the country in 2015. More than 50 percent of them visited RWS attractions on Sentosa Island, including the USS and S.E.A. Aquarium.

Two million Indonesians have already visited Singapore during the first eight months of this year. Most of them visit the country in May, July and December, coinciding with school holidays. December is the peak month because of Christmas and New Year festivities. Singapore welcomed up to 311,475 Indonesians last December alone. 

“Indonesia is one of our biggest market, along with China and India,” said RWS resort marketing director Alan Lee. (kes)

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