Tourism authorities are spending S$30 million (about HK$138.6 million) in a 15-month promotion centred around the millennium celebrations. 'Millenniamania', which will run until August next year, is a series of festivals, sports and entertainment events and contests designed to entice visitors to the island republic. Highlights of the promotion include the Environmental and Urban Sculpture Exhibition with 80 artists from 18 countries (until September 5), the Konica Cup badminton championships (August 23-29), the WOMAD musical festival, headlined by ex- Ultravox singer Midge Ure (September 9- 12), the Heineken Open tennis tournament (October 9-17) and Saltimbanco by French Canadian circus troupe Cirque du Soleil (November to January). Aviation and aerospace is featured prominently during the promotion as the NASA World Tour is in town until next Sunday. From December 3 to January 16, the Star Trek World Tour will touch down in Asia for the first time while the Asian Aerospace 2000 exhibition will be held from February 26-27. On December 31, there will be several 'Countdown to the Millennium' celebrations parties held on Orchid Road and at selected sites throughout the city. Tourists are also eligible for the 'Once In A Millennium Promotion' where a free return vacation will be given away daily for the 458 days of the promotion. The prize includes return air fare, hotel and a chartered cruise. The grand prize, to be won next August, will allow the winner to bring 20 of his friends to Singapore for a vacation. Singapore Tourism Promotion Board (STPB) officials are hoping this enticing festival will play a large part in reviving its tourism industry which fell to 6.7 million visitors last year, after a record year in 1997 when more than seven million arrivals were recorded. In the first five months of this year, tourism has been up seven per cent year-on-year (2.7 million arrivals) with a 20 per cent increase (588,000 arrivals) recorded in June.