SINGAPORE — Jewel Changi Airport has been accorded the Special Jury Award at the MAPIC Awards, which honours the world’s most outstanding retail real estate projects.
The 24th edition of the MAPIC Awards, which were held in Cannes, France, on Thursday (14 November), saw a total of 111 entries from 33 countries across 11 categories.
While Jewel Changi Airport Development had initially submitted entries for two categories (Best Leisure Concept and Best Shopping Mall), the jury panel gave the Special Jury Award to Jewel as their favourite project among all entries.
“There is a need (in the retail sector) to create something different – lifestyle hub destinations including a larger mix of retail, food & beverage, entertainment and well-being in order to attract customers again,” said Mayte Legeay, president of the MAPIC Awards jury.
“We find a perfect example of this trend in Jewel Changi Airport at Singapore, a fantastic project which was awarded the MAPIC Best Futura Shopping Centre back in 2016 because of its great innovative qualities in terms of architecture, retail, leisure and attractions mixed-offerings.”
Over 50 million visitors since opening
Jewel opened its doors in April this year, and has welcomed more than 50 million local and foreign visitors in the six months since opening.
The 135,700 square-metre complex houses attractions, shopping and dining outlets, as well as airport and accommodation facilities.
“We are honoured to receive this accolade from the MAPIC Awards jury panel this year,” said Jewel Changi Airport Development chief executive officer Hung Jean.
“Jewel is a breakthrough project, from the complexity of its design and construction, to fit-out, operations and retail curation. This award is testament to our vision and dream for Jewel to be a captivating integrated lifestyle destination where locals and travellers from afar are attracted to visit.”
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