The deal till 2017 is bad news to retailers in the
area as every year, business in the area slow to a crawl due the road closure
for the F1 race. In response to the outcry, the Marina Bay Singapore government has already
indicated that it will try to come up with some promotion to help drum up
business in the area during the F1 period.
They can forget it.
As a Singaporean who works near the
area, I can easily tell you any plan or promotion will be a futile one. Every
year when the F1 comes to town, I make it a point to avoid the area like a
plague and I’m not the only one. It’s not just the road closure; there are
diversions for pedestrians, armed police officers, and construction for the
race everywhere. That is just not an environment for a nice shopping
experience. Marina Bay
So save your money and forgot about doing any promotions for the area during F1. That is just not going to work. What I think the government should do is to give rebates to the business in the area for the loss of income. That will help them a lot more than a useless promotion.