December 7, 2010
The world’s first crystal-studded cable car
Singapore has debuted the world’s first VIP Crystal cable car to provide luxury transportation to the tourist hotspot, Sentosa Island.
The new cable cars are guaranteed to dazzle passengers with Swarovski crystal panels on the floor and roof, black leather interiors and Swarovski-studded armrests. They also have LED-illuminated exteriors with a black metallic and chrome structure. They will run on the existing monocable ropeway that connects tourist favourites, Mount Faber and Sentosa Island – providing breathtaking views along the way. The trip will last 13 minutes, and costs around $24-$26 each way.
Despite being incredibly extravagant, Singapore sees it as a way to satisfy its increasing number of tourists, and to entice new ones. Singapore’s Senior Minister for Trade and Industry and Education, S. Iswaran said: “We are on track to achieve the forecast of 11.5 to 12.5 million visitors to Singapore this year, which will be setting a record for Singapore.” Luxurious developments like the new cable cars could help to attract curious tourists and help to achieve this record amount for Singapore.
The cable cars have seen a vast improvement since their introduction in 1974. They started out as only 43 cabins that had to be opened and closed manually by attendants, and have now expanded to 67 new cable cars, including these new VIP Crystal-studded cabins. Over 25 million visitors have used the cable cars as a mode of transportation to Sentosa Island, and they are now considered to be an iconic attraction.