Jewel Changi Airport (Jewel), a lifestyle destination situated at the heart of Singapore Changi Airport, has been accorded the Special Jury Award at the MAPIC Awards 2019 – a prestigious industry event which honours the world’s most outstanding retail real estate projects, held in Cannes, France.
Rewarding excellence, innovation and creativity in the global retail real estate industry, the MAPIC Awards, into its 24th run, saw a total of 111 entries from 33 countries across 11 categories. While Jewel Changi Airport Devt (JCAD) had initially submitted entries for two categories (Best Leisure Concept and Best Shopping Mall), the jury panel comprising top retail real estate experts, accorded Jewel the Special Jury Award, granted to the jury’s favourite project among all.
Mayte Legeay, president of the MAPIC Awards jury, said, “The retail sector is in constant evolution and the industry is facing challenges in order to embrace customers’ new behaviours. The industry needs to adapt, there is indeed a need 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.
“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. The MAPIC Awards aims to pay tribute to influential and inspiring actors emerging as leading retail trend-makers so the jury wished to reward a company which has been able to respect their innovative promise presented in 2016 and to make it become a reality in 2019.”
Ms Hung Jean, Chief Executive Officer, Jewel Changi Airport Devt. said, “We are honoured to receive this accolade from the MAPIC Awards jury panel this year. Jewel is a breakthrough project, from the complexity of its design and construction, to fit-out, operations and retail curation.
We share this success with our 280 tenants who have worked closely with us to deliver a unique shopping and dining experience in Jewel, a game-changing retail space for brands to showcase their brand stories. 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.”
Jewel opened its doors in April 2019 and has welcomed a footfall of over 50 million from both local and foreign visitors six months after opening. The 135,700 sqm complex offers a multi-faceted experience that includes play attractions, unique shopping and dining concepts, as well as airport and accommodation facilities.