Read our top five reasons why you should choose the island-state for your next event.
1. Tailored tours
Have a passion for new flavours, exploring new places or discovering new cultures? In Singapore, you can follow your passions and be inspired alongside fellow enthusiasts with new Passion Tours designed to help you do just that.
The Singapore Tourism Board has partnered with local tour operators to launch this collection of new and exciting excursions tailored to offer delegates the opportunity to indulge in their favourite activities based on their interests.
Foodies can learn how to cook local cuisines with ingredients picked from the local markets, while culture vultures can find out about the ancient practice of Feng Shui (Chinese geomancy practice) or trace the lives of early Chinese immigrants at conserved shophouses. For explorers seeking something a little different, there's the Sideways Vespa Tour, an off-the-beaten track experience venturing to some of Singapore’s historic precincts like Joo Chiat, Kampong Glam and Little India.
2. World-class facilities
Modern and versatile, there is no shortage of conference and event venues to choose from. Resorts WorldTM Sentosa Singapore offers the complete MICE package with meeting spaces, convention halls, hotels, Michelin-starred restaurants and attractions like Universal Studios SingaporeTM all on one resort island.
Singapore EXPO is a popular choice for large incentive travel groups, boasting 123,000sqm of column free space as well as a convention wing with 32 meeting rooms located just a 10 minute-drive from Changi Airport.
Less obvious a choice but equally impressive is the National Gallery Singapore. Housed in Singapore’s former Supreme Court and City Hall heritage buildings, it is noted for having the world's largest public collection of Southeast Asian art, and has several spaces available for hire, including a 212-seater auditorium, seminar rooms and a series of open-air decks overlooking the Marina Bay.
3. Adrenaline adventures
Thrill-seekers are well catered for in Singapore with a range of adrenaline-pumping pursuits on offer. The new AJ Hackett at Sentosa is Singapore’s first and only bungy tower. Depending on their nerve, daredevils can take on the 42m vertigo-inducing Vertical Skywalk, drop and swoop on the Giant Swing, or challenge themselves on the 47m Bungy Jump.
For thrills from nearer the sidelines, event planners can organise groups to attend sporting events like the FORMULA SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX, the WTA Finals Singapore or the HSBC World Rugby Singapore 7s, all of which offer VIP and Executive packages.
4. Meet over Michelin-star meetings
Given Singapore’s melting pot of influences and cultures and its people’s near-obsession with food, dining out is an exciting experience filled with heady options. In 2016, it became the first Southeast Asian country and the fourth in Asia to be rated by the noted Michelin Guide. Located in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Singapore Botanic Gardens, the one Michelin-starred Corner House helmed by home-grown chef Jason Tan serves a ‘gastro-botanica’ menu showcasing the use of herbs and plants.
The two Michelin-starred Odette at the National Gallery Singapore is named after chef Julien Royer's grandmother, and provides an intimate fine dining destination serving a modern French menu. For something more authentic to Singapore, one Michelin-starred Candlenut by chef-owner Malcolm Lee offers a contemporary take on Peranakan (traditional Straits-Chinese unique to the region) cuisine, which typically combines Malay and Indonesia cooking techniques with Chinese ingredients and aromatic spices.
5. Exclusive privileges
Organisers and delegates can now benefit from a host of exclusive privileges and unique experiences offered through the refreshed Singapore MICE Advantage Programme (SMAP). These include incentive support from the Singapore Exhibition & Convention BureauTM, flight privileges with Singapore Airlines Group, airport privileges from Changi Airport Group, premium arrival and departure services with JetQuay and ground transportation privileges with Uber.