Your New York getaway may be a pipe dream at the moment, but the city’s famous Museum of Ice Cream will soon be making its way to Singapore. As a bid to boost the tourism industry that has been hard hit by the ongoing pandemic, new attractions have been announced, giving residents plenty of fun options aside from staycations and local tours. Revealed at the Tourism Industry Conference, an annual event hosted by the Singapore Tourism Board for industry players, these new projects are aimed at increasing the city-state’s attractiveness as a travel destination.

Photo: Museum of Ice Cream

Scheduled to open in the second half of 2021, the Museum of Ice Cream will welcome guests at its Dempsey outpost—the museum’s first foray out of the United States. Guests can expect multi-sensory art installations, ice cream counters serving the sweet treat in multiple flavours, as well as the signature sprinkle pool; a photogenic pit filled to the brim with rainbow-coloured bits reminiscent of the dessert garnish.

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Also slated to be unveiled in the second half of the year is a brand-new thrill ride called the Slingshot, which will take the place of the now-defunct G-Max Reverse Bungee. When it opens, it’ll be located next to the existing GX-5 Extreme Swing, which sees riders dropped from a 40-meter height. The new ride will be the tallest such ride in Singapore, catapulting riders almost 70m into the air and eventually reaching a speed of 160km per hour.

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For those who prefer to relax, there’s the new and upcoming SkyHelix, an open-air rotating gondola set to open on Sentosa island. Riders will be raised 35 meters above ground, offering uninterrupted 360-degree views of the island’s southern coast. Said to be the first of its kind in Singapore, the leisure ride will become a part of the Imbiah Lookout’s cluster of attractions.

Meanwhile, shoppers can look forward to refreshed offerings on the Orchard shopping belt, including a scaled-up version of the signature Christmas on a Great Street during the year-end festive light-up, as well as Black Friday sale events later this year. A new attraction will also be unveiled on the vacant site between Killiney Road and Somerset Skatepark.

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