Singapore has a well-developed tourism industry, with more than 8 million visitors in 2004. As a cosmopolitan city that highlight racial and cultural harmony, many visitors are visiting Singapore as a destination, not only as a stepping stone or a transit point.
Takashimaya, the shopping center located on Orchard Road
Singapore has been recorded among foreign tourists as an attractive tourist destination, making tourism one of the major industries in Singapore. Cultural differences reflect a rich colonial history and the ethnic Malays, Chinese, Arab and India. For years considered a business center in Southeast Asia, Singapore has a thriving shopping area located in the district of Orchard Road. Filled with several shopping centers, this area also has many hotels, and is considered by many as the tourism center of Singapore.
Other notable attractions include the Singapore Zoological Gardens and Night Safari. There, people can explore the habitat of Asia, Africa and South America at night, with no real barrier between guests and the wild animals. Singapore Zoo has embraced the concept of 'open zoo' where the animals are awake to the fence, separated from visitors by dry or wet moats concealed, instead of the animal cages. Also famous Jurong Bird Park, where there is a good specimen of the bird life around the world, including a flock of thousands of flamingos. Sentosa Island, located south of Singapore, consisting of 20-30 landmarks, such as Fort Siloso, built as a fortress to resist the Japanese during World War II. Guns of World War II can be seen at Fort Siloso, from small guns to 16 pounds (7 kg). Now, the island has built Carlsberg Sky Tower, which makes visitors can view the entire Sentosa. In the future, Singapore will have two members of a casino resort in 2009, one in Marina Bayfront and the other at Sentosa which has been announced by the government during a parliamentary session on 18 April 2005.