27 February, 2008

West Side Story

The Straits Times report today "Hotel rates up, as visitor arrivals hit record".

The take up rate for HDB flats in the west is low. People do not like to stay at the west because there are many factories, people believe that the air quality there is not too good.

Since Singaporeans do not want to stay at the west, can we not create a hotel zone there and move the middle class hotels, budget hotels to the west and let the tourists of package tours stay there ? These tourists are taken by tourist buses for sightseeing and only come back to hotel to sleep at night. They do not need to stay in expensive city area.

By doing so it may help to slow down the increase of hotel room rate and may also ease the congestion in the city and China Town areas.

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