A global hub for both business and leisure, Singapore is a natural choice for meetings and events. With several, first-class convention centers, more than 150 hotels, and over 50,000 hotel rooms, it’s not surprising that Singapore has earned a lengthy list of accolades for hosting meetings. That said, Singapore continues to reinvent itself with new event venues and attractions, such as the Marina Bay Sands, a hotel, museum, retail, dining, and, entertainment that has 250 meeting rooms and Southeast Asia’s largest ballroom.
Headlining Singapore’s large-scale facilities is the impressive Singapore EXPO. With 123,000 square meters of MICE area and MAX Atria, its most recent wing (opened 2012), providing additional meeting facilities and lush green spaces, the Singapore EXPO is well suited to hosting presentations for over 9,000 people in its largest theatre; seminars for over 4,500 people in its largest classroom; and receptions for up to 6,760 guests in its largest banquet venue. Located five minutes from the airport and within walking distance of two business hotels, Capri by Fraser at Changi City and Park Avenue Changi Hotels & Suites, the Singapore EXPO is understandably a favorite choice for business events of all kinds.
Singapore’s latest development, the 2,561-room Marina Bay Sands, opened in 2011 with the capacity to accommodate 2,000 exhibition booths, 45,000 delegates, and up to 6,000 guests banquet-style (7,000 for a staged performance or 11,000 theatre-style). Meanwhile, the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre offers 60,000 square meters of exhibition and meeting space in the heart of downtown and the marina area, the center has 40 flexible and customizable meeting rooms, professional staff, and world-class amenities. Elsewhere, Raffles City Convention Centre offers planners even more choice within the city, while the venues at Resorts World Sentosa will astound planners and groups alike.
From luxury resorts to historic properties, Singapore offers a wide range of hotels that cater to every visitor and are clustered into 6 major precincts for convenience and transportation to convention centers and local attractions and food and beverage options. Most hotels offer fully equipped business centers, meeting rooms, Internet access, and more. The legendary Raffles Hotel, a national monument since 1987, offers more than five venues suited to events ranging in type and size. Dominating Singapore’s Marina Bay precinct is the Suntec Joint Marketing Alliance, comprising the Mandarin Oriental Singapore, Pan Pacific Singapore Hotel, and Marina Mandarin Singapore, the Conrad Centennial Singapore, Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore, Swissotel the Stamford and Fairmont Singapore and accounting for more 5,200 hotel rooms.
The Orchard Road precinct also offers a wide range of hotel properties from international chains including the very first Shangri-La Hotel property in the world, Marriott Hotel Singapore, St Regis Singapore, and the Grand Hyatt Singapore.
Supported by a wealth of unique and unconventional MICE social venues, the most recent beingGardens by the Bay, Singapore Sports Hub, S.E.A. Aquarium, and River Safari, Singapore proves that business and pleasure can in fact be mixed. The city is compact, efficient, multi-cultural, warm, and hospitable, with a wide range of green meeting spaces and group experiences, in addition to its convention venues.
Luckily for international travelers, Singapore is one of the most accessible cities in Asia with very few visa requirements. The compact city also makes it easy for guests to reach any and all meeting venues and attractions with its clean, inexpensive, and efficient transportation system. An extensive network of trains, buses, and taxis connect travelers to nearly any point in the city, with public transportation fares often averaging under SGD$2. Getting to the city itself is also hassle-free, thanks the Singapore Changi Airport, located about 30 minutes from downtown. Operating flights to over 250 cities in more than 60 countries and territories worldwide, Singapore Changi Airport is consistently ranked as one of the best in the world.
EW’s guide to Singapore provides you with an overview of this exciting destination especially when it comes to planning your next event.