Chill out at Singapore's new ice cream museum amid the pandemic


An artist impression of the Museum of Ice Cream that is set to open in Singapore later this year. - MOIC Singapore

The Museum of Ice Cream is one of the four new cool attractions set to open in Singapore amid the pandemic as the island state eyes tourism recovery.

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) recently announced that the US-based museum, a regular fixture on social media, is set to open in August this year.

Three other new buzzworthy newcomers are the Slingshot, Skyhelix Sentosa and a new attraction at the vacant spot between Somerset Skate Park and Killiney Road in Orchard Road.

"These projects are a welcome breath of fresh air amongst all the negativity and bad news in the last year. Since the pandemic hit, we have focused on how to weather this 'long winter'," said STB chief executive officer Keith Tan at the Tourism Industry Conference.

The Museum of Ice Cream has a large celebrity following among the likes of the Kardashian siblings, Blake Lively and David Beckham, just to name a few.

The outpost in Singapore will be the first location out of Singapore. It is set to feature "imaginative, multi-sensory installations that bring your most delightful dreams to life", according to the museum's official website.

Meanwhile, the Slingshot is a thrill ride in Clarke Quay and will reportedly be the tallest in Asia.

Skyhelix Sentosa is slated to be Singapore’s first open-air panoramic attraction that is set to open next year.

Last month, the Malaysian chapter of STB also organised a virtual get-together among travel stakeholders in the region.

STB executive director (South-East Asia) John Conceicao had then announced that Singapore has carefully laid down plans to reopen to international visitors amid the pandemic.

“Singapore is a small but open-economy, we had to rely on the happenings around the world to sustain ourselves. We opted for risk management instead of elimination," he said.

He also concurred that travel will be different moving forward.

"We can expect that the current health and safety protocols will be here to stay, including the wearing of face masks, cleaning and sanitisation, safe distancing, COVID-19 testing, and some form of quarantine.

Health passports are also being discussed at the moment," Conceicao said.

He added that technology will be important as the tourism industry recover post-pandemic.

“You will also see a whole new use of technology. Which is one of the positive things that have come out of this COVID-19 situation," he said.
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