SINGAPORE: The Singapore Cruise Centre has had a S$14 million facelift.
The revamp allows faster immigration clearance for the five—million—odd cruise and ferry passengers passing through it yearly.
Space for passenger operations has increased by about a quarter.
There are two times more check—in and immigration counters than previously.
The arrival and departure halls are also more spacious.
Mr Teo Ser Luck, Minister of State for Trade and Industry, said: "The cruise industry in Singapore has been developing steadily. And in the last decade, cruise passenger throughput grew at a compounded annual rate of 3.6 per cent. And in 2011, we welcomed 394 ship calls and close to one million cruise passengers. And this year, we expect more than three times the maiden calls in Singapore, as compared to 2011."
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