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Singapore Officials Respond to Wynn's Criticism

18 May 2005

SINGAPORE – As reported by the Singapore Business Times: "The Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) have responded to casino guru Steve Wynn's scathing criticism of Singapore officials' handling of the process leading up to the submission of bids under the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the integrated resorts.

"Among other things, Mr Wynn had charged that Singapore officials were exercising excessive control of the design process for the proposed resorts.

"…The government chose the RFP approach instead of the traditional tender process, the letter explained, because it provides opportunities for developing exciting and innovative concepts and designs for the IRs within the context of their locations.

"…'Like many major cities, Singapore has planning and urban design guidelines which ensure that developments fit well into our city. These cover broad parameters…"

 
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