SINGAPORE: Athletes, officials and delegates coming to Singapore for the 28th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games next year will be housed in a "Village in the City", instead of in university hostels.
The Singapore Southeast Asian Games Organising Committee (SINGSOC) on Wednesday announced that 20 hotels within the Havelock, Tanjong Pagar/Chinatown and Marina areas will be awarded the tender to provide accommodation for those attending the 2015 SEA Games.
Over 7,000 athletes and officials will be staying in these hotels.
Ramada and Days Hotels Singapore at Zhongshan Park are two of the 20 hotels that have been chosen to house athletes and officials during the SEA Games next year.
Located in Balestier, the hotels have 789 rooms in total and all of them are on offer.
The hotels said having a shopping mall within their premises and other amenities could have helped them win the bid.
Norman Cross, executive assistant manager for F&B at Ramada and Days Hotels Singapore at Zhongshan Park, said: "The Balestier heritage trail... offers guests a look, or a glimpse into Singapore's past. And to promote Singapore's food culture, there are so many eateries nearby, which are well renowned."
The hotels added that they are confident of giving guests a good experience, even if they haven't handled groups on such a large scale before.
Mr Cross said: "We will be working very closely with the SEA Games officials on this note. Definitely, it is a little bit more stringent, but I believe we can foster a very close working relationship with the SEA Games Council to provide our foreign guests a welcoming and enjoyable experience."
Fifty-one hotels participated in the tender, and others selected include the Pan Pacific Hotel Singapore and Marina Bay Sands.
Based on the concept of “Celebration in the City”, SINGSOC said it decided to house the athletes and officials near the Singapore Sports Hub and areas where the majority of the sports competitions and fringe events will take place.
Other criteria included the number of hotel rooms offered, catering services and the availability of function rooms and other supporting amenities.
"The 28th SEA Games will celebrate and showcase sport against the backdrop of Singapore's stunning city setting.
“We want our SEA 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 exco committee at SINGSOC.
"We are very appreciative of the hotels' support and effort for this historic event. The 28th SEA Games is an important event in our calendar of celebrations for Singapore's 50th anniversary next year, and for the entire Southeast Asian region.
“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," added Mr Lim.
To ensure that housing athletes and officials in hotels would be a cost-effective arrangement, SINGSOC said it had carefully evaluated the alternative of a centralised athlete's village in university hostels.
Its study showed that the costs would be comparable because of the need to install additional arrangements for the Games, such as security fencing, and to restore conditions on return.
The committee said the hotels which participated in the tender had also "taken onboard their role in this national effort and had offered attractive packages".
The 28th SEA Games will be held from 5-16 June 2015, with Singapore Sports Hub as the main venue for the Games.
List of hotels:
1. Amara Singapore 2. Copthorne King's Hotel 3. Days Hotel Singapore At Zhongshan Park 4. Fairmont Singapore 5. Furama City Centre Singapore 6. Furama Riverfront Singapore 7. Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel 8. Grand Mercure Roxy Hotel 9. Village Hotel Bugis 10. M Hotel Singapore 11. Marina Bay Sands 12. Marina Mandarin Singapore 13. Novotel Singapore Clarke Quay 14. PARKROYAL on Beach Road 15. PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road 16. Peninsula.Excelsior Hotel 17. Ramada Singapore At Zhongshan Park 18. Resorts World Sentosa - Hard Rock Hotel and Festive Hotel 19. Swissotel The Stamford 20. Pan Pacific Hotel Singapore - CNA/xq/ms
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