Singapores officials said Monday that a vending machine will be built in Singapores as part of a major investment aimed at making the island more attractive to foreign visitors.
The SINGANDAAP, or Singapore Development Authority, has awarded a contract for the development of a vending unit at the Kota Tengah Airport terminal, the first such facility to be built outside Singapore.
It is expected to be completed in late 2019 or early 2020.
Singaporean tourists, most of whom travel from overseas to the island for leisure and business, are particularly keen to see a vending business in their country.
They have long complained about the lack of a central point of sale at tourist attractions in Singapore, and are frustrated by the inability of the city-state to implement a new tourist tax.
But Singapore has been slow to implement an international trade agreement, which would allow it to expand its trade to more markets, and has only recently opened the country’s first international airport, Changi Airport.
In an effort to increase the number of foreign visitors, Singapore is considering a new $1.5 billion resort, with more than a million rooms, on the outskirts of the capital, according to local media reports.
At the airport, the vending machine would be located next to a large vending machine that would be used to stock vending machines at tourist hotspots in Singapore and in other destinations around the country, SINGOAAP officials said.
The project will involve about 1,000 employees, including about 600 construction workers and 20 maintenance staff, they said.
Singaporeans can buy their own food at the vending machines, with the majority of the money going to the government.
There are currently about 50 vending machines in Singapore at tourist destinations, including some in the central business district, according the Ministry of Tourism.
A few tourist shops, such as the Singapore Tourism Authority, also sell vending machines.
“Vendors are a good source of income for local businesses and they also attract foreign tourists,” the ministry said in a statement.
Vendored vending machines can be found at most major tourist sites in Singapore.