Destination Guide: Singapore
C&IT’s sponsored guide to Singapore will help you find the most exciting hotels, venues, activities, restaurants and convention centres when planning your next event.
A gateway to Asia and a modern metropolis, Singapore provides a conducive platform for business travellers and MICE partners to achieve success through a dynamic environment underpinned by a vibrant knowledge hub, extensive MICE infrastructure, wide networks and ease of conducting business.
Winner of multiple awards including Top International Meeting City, 8th year running (Union of International Associations), Singapore is a pioneering and stimulating presence in the global MICE industry.
However, it doesn’t have to be all work and no play, especially when after-hours set in and the cityscape transforms into a vibrant and alluring lifestyle feast for the senses. Surrounding Singapore’s financial centre as well as key conference locations and hotels in the city are pleasure spheres that include retail outlets in Orchard road, dining enclaves like Dempsey Hill, performance sanctuaries in Marina Bay and entertainment hotspots along the Singapore River.
Singapore is more than just a city serious about business; it’s also an exciting destination for play and all things leisure.
Business travellers can easily convene in Singapore, with more than 100 international airlines flying to some 300 cities in about 70 countries and territories worldwide. Changi Airport Singapore was also named, for the third year running, the World’s Best Airport at the 2015 Skytrax World Airport Awards.
Singapore is hot and humid all year-round, with temperatures usually reaching over 30°C. You should be prepared for rain at any time, which can be torrential but usually brief.
With more than 150 hotels and over 50,000 rooms, there is an answer to every budget and preference – from no-frills accommodation to boutique hotels, modern business hotels and luxury beach resorts. Most hotels offer fully-equipped business centres, meeting facilities, broadband Internet access and other conveniences for business travellers.
Singapore offers an excellent range of state-of-the-art convention centres, exhibition halls and meeting venues for MICE that suit a variety of needs and budgets. These venues not only offer first-rate conference and meeting facilities, but also the convenience of a wide range of accommodation, food, shopping, entertainment, and other lifestyle options in close proximity. For more information on Singapore’s MICE venue offerings, please visit www.yoursingapore.com/mice
Singapore offers a unique concentration of different leisure experiences to enhance one’s business trip, from its distinctive cultures and dining experiences, to a vibrant arts scene and world class shopping venues.
A nation of food enthusiasts, the city’s culinary landscape has evolved tremendously in recent years and has expanded in range and variety. Beyond the astounding variety of authentic street food, and emerging new and innovative dining concepts at an extensive range of price points, Singapore is also home to interesting venues that provide hands on culinary experiences.
Nationals from a wide majority of countries do not require visas for social visits of a 30-day duration provided they are in possession of recognised and valid travel documents, adequate funds and return or onward tickets. For a list of countries which will require a visa to enter Singapore, please visit http://www.ica.gov.sg/page.aspx?pageid=
There are some out-of-this-world options for visitors, including visiting the country's wildlife reserves.
Sultans, Supertrees and skylines are just some of what is on offer in the sovereign city-state.
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