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Singapore Ups Eco-Tourism Quotient With Gardens

Singapore shows its commitment to boosting environmental and responsible tourism by building itself a garden city amidst its metropolitan jungle.

Called Gardens by the Bay, the 101-hectare garden houses two conservatories where visitors can dine and view presentations on environmental sustainability and practices. The two conservatories are made from glass domes that serve as a home to rare subtropical plant species.

The conservatories serve as a model green building by incorporating energy-efficient applications to reduce electricity consumption.

Gardens by the Bay is also decorated with what’s called “Supertrees” which would provide a natural shade and cooling for the complex during the day. At night, the trees will be used on a special presentation for guests. The Supertrees also make use of what’s called solar photovoltaic technology, which generates electrical energy through the use of sunlight.

Visitors will also be delighted to walk through an aerial walkway that’s lined with plant sculptures and through a variety of heritage gardens. They can also choose to relax and eat at 10 dining restaurants.

Singapore is looking into adding a whole new dimension to its tourism sector, which brings in a record-high of 13.2 million visitors annually. The Gardens by the Bay project jumpstarts the first of many environmental initiatives that would be laid out by the Singapore government this year.

Early in September, the island state will also host Singapore Green One (G1), the first “zero-waste” event in the city-state’s history. G1 includes mini-events such as exhibitions, performances, walkathons, and other activities that aim to educate people on how to reduce their carbon footprint and help save the environment.

The green efforts come at a time when tourist numbers are expected to double following the launch of the Marina Bay Cruise Centre, Singapore’s second international marine terminal.