Singapore's Best of Both Worlds, Blending East and West
The city-state is an exotic Far East locale offering modern facilities and Western amenities and entertainment
November 23, 2011
With its unique combination of cultural history and modern sophistication, Singapore offers the best of both worlds for business travelers. At the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula, Singapore is located in the heart of Asia, making it a strategic destination where event delegates can easily convene via flights available in dozens of U.S. cities as well as 60 countries worldwide. Singapore’s central location also makes it easy to reach many other Asian countries.
The presence of more than 7,000 multinational companies in Singapore, together with a government that is supportive of nurturing business, contributes to a dynamic business environment. A wide range of group event facilities, accommodations, and leisure activities make it an ideal business travel location.
Singapore is extremely safe and friendly to travelers. The national language is English, so communication is never a problem, and the destination’s sophisticated transportation system makes it easy to get around. Singapore offers state-of-the-art Western amenities yet maintains its Far Eastern appeal with ethnic neighborhoods like Chinatown and Little India, both of which sell delectable cuisine at restaurants and open-air markets.
The city-state offers extensive choices for accommodations. There are more than 150 hotels and over 42,000 guest rooms in every budget and preference category, from no-frills properties to five-star boutiques to modern business hotels to luxury beach resorts. Most properties offer fully-equipped business centers, meeting facilities, broadband Internet access, and other conveniences for business travelers.
Singapore offers a range of convention centers, exhibition halls, and meeting venues that suit a variety of needs and budgets. These venues not only have state-of-the-art facilities, they also offer the convenience of nearby accommodations and dining. Smaller venues are available for intimate gatherings, and unconventional spaces such as historical museums, theaters, gardens, and even the city’s Fountain of Wealth
, can be rented for groups.
The two integrated gaming resorts are additional attractive options. Marina Bay Sands boosts Singapore’s group business and leisure capabilities with a grand ballroom that can hold at least 6,600 people, an exhibition hall that can accommodate approximately 2,000 exhibition booths, and a convention center with more than 200 meeting rooms and a capacity of over 45,000 delegates. The casino provides a full gaming experience, with table games and slot machines, while the theater offers well-known musical performances.
Resorts World Sentosa, on Sentosa Island, just off the city, is home to Southeast Asia’s first Universal Studios theme park, a casino, and a range of hotels, including Festive Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, Hotel Michael, and the exclusive Crockfords Tower. With its extensive meetings and incentive facilities—which includes one of Southeast Asia’s largest, column-free ballrooms; 30 function rooms; and over 20 indoor and outdoor events venues—the resort can host more than 35,000 delegates at a single time.
For incentive groups, there are more than 20 indoor and outdoor venues within Resorts World Sentosa, including themed zones within Universal Studios Singapore, the Bull Ring, the Coliseum, FestiveWalk, Crane Dance, and the Maritime Experiential Museum & Aquarium. These greatly increase options for travel organizers.
When it comes to leisure, Singapore has something for everyone, from the Singapore Zoo and Night Safari to the National Orchid Garden to Universal Studios Singapore, as well as the Singapore Flyer observation wheel. There also are water sports, zip lines, golf, dragon boats, and shopping at upscale retailers along Orchard Road and in Marina Bay.
A vibrant nightlife offers an exciting mix of nightclubs, including the newly opened super-nightclub Avalon and ultra-lounge Pangaea, casinos, celebrity chef restaurants, and the Esplanade theater featuring world-class entertainment. There are also beautiful exotic beaches and spas for those who just want to relax.
Singapore is an all-in-one destination, providing unique incentive experiences for delegates suited for different occasions. Event organizers can easily customize their meetings according to specific needs. For more information and a meeting planner’s guide, visit http://www.yoursingapore.com/content/mice/en/plan-your-event/get-brochures.html.