Singapore is definitely one of the most exciting destinations for hosting meetings and events in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region.
From its strategic location and well-connected transportation infrastructure, to its thriving business and tourism ecosystem, Singapore has a plethora of opportunities for event managers and delegates alike.
Could Singapore be your next event destination? Here are our top ten reasons why Singapore tops the charts for event managers in APAC.
1. Strategic location for global events
Singapore’s location at the heart of Southeast Asia makes it an ideal destination for hosting regional and international events.
The city-state is easily accessible from major cities around the world, with direct flights available to Changi Airport from over 100 cities globally.
2. Excellent event infrastructure
Singapore’s reliable infrastructure, efficient public transportation system, and reliable internet connectivity make it a top destination for events and conferences in the Asia Pacific region.
Changi Airport has consistently been named the best airport in the world for its exceptional facilities, services and efficiency. A major hub for international travel, the accessible airport makes it easy for delegates to reach Singapore both from within the APAC region and globally.
Public transport in Singapore is affordable, clean and convenient, making it a perfect option for getting around the city. In particular, the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system makes it easy for delegates to travel to and from event venues, with trains running frequently and on time, serving stations conveniently located throughout the city.
Singapore’s internet connectivity is among the best in the world, with high-speed broadband widely available throughout the city-state. Delegates can easily stay connected during events, accessing online resources and communicating with colleagues, clients and suppliers around the world.
3. Sustainable practices
Singapore is known as ‘The Garden City’ for a reason.
The moment you step off the plane, it’s evident how city and nature have been blended. The iconic Changi Airport is an experience in itself – with its very own waterfall, the HSBC Rain Vortex. Standing at 40 metres high, the Rain Vortex is home to the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, Jewel. Here, nestled in spectacular greenery, you can enjoy dinner and drinks amongst the trees, complete with a light show at hourly intervals throughout the evening.
Singapore is a top choice for event managers looking for an event with sustainability at its core. The city-state is committed to sustainability and green initiatives, with a focus on reducing its carbon footprint and promoting eco-friendly practices. The Singapore Green Plan 2030 is a whole-of-nation movement to advance Singapore’s national agenda on sustainable development. With lots of green spaces and ambitious targets over the next few years, Singapore’s longer-term aspiration is to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.
4. Large range of meeting and event spaces
Event Managers in the Asia Pacific region will be spoiled for choice when it comes to finding a meeting space. Four of our favourites include:
- Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, which has a comprehensive sustainability program including includes reducing energy consumption, conserving water, reducing waste, and promoting sustainable procurement.
- Gardens by the Bay, which has a sustainability policy aiming to minimise environmental impact through initiatives such as sustainable landscaping, energy-efficient lighting, and waste management practices.
- National University of Singapore (NUS), which has several meeting spaces that are committed to sustainability, such as the NUS University Town and the Shaw Foundation Alumni House, both of which have achieved the Green Mark Platinum Certification.
- Raffles City Convention Centre, which has received several sustainability certifications and has implemented many eco-friendly practices, including reducing energy consumption and using sustainable materials.
5. World-class hotels for meetings and events
Singapore boasts an impressive range of luxury hotels which are perfect for meetings and events in the APAC region.
From convention centres and exhibition halls, to hotels and outdoor spaces, many are known for not just their luxurious surroundings but their sustainability measures too.
- Marina Bay Sands: Arguably, the most famous hotel in Singapore is Marina Bay Sands. It’s very much considered a must-see when visiting the city-state. Since 2012, the venue has reduced its carbon footprint by 33 per cent. The integrated resort’s S$25 million Intelligent Building Management System has over 110,000 control points that allow automated controls over lighting, heating, air-conditioning and water supplies for the entire property.
- Fairmont Singapore: Fairmont Singapore has earned various sustainability certifications, including the EarthCheck Gold Certification, which recognises its commitment to sustainable practices. The hotel has implemented a number of eco-friendly practices, including reducing water and energy consumption, using environmentally-friendly cleaning products, and sourcing locally grown produce for its restaurants. The hotel has also partnered with local organisations to support community projects that focus on reducing waste and conserving resources.
- Swissôtel The Stamford: Swissôtel The Stamford has earned various sustainability certifications, including the Green Mark Platinum certification, which recognises its commitment to environmental sustainability. The hotel has implemented a number of eco-friendly practices, including reducing energy and water consumption, sourcing local and sustainable produce, and using eco-friendly cleaning products.
- Parkroyal Collection: The Parkroyal Collection is committed to sustainability and has implemented a range of initiatives to reduce its environmental impact. These include reducing water and energy consumption, using eco-friendly cleaning products, and promoting sustainable tourism.
- Capella Singapore: This five-star hotel with sea views has a sustainability program focused on reducing waste, conserving water and energy, and promoting sustainable procurement practices.
- Shangri-La Singapore: Located within 15 acres of tropical landscaped gardens, the Shangri-La has implemented a number of sustainability initiatives, such as using renewable energy sources, reducing waste, and promoting sustainable procurement practices.
6. Ease of planning events in Singapore
Singapore has a reputation for being one of the most business-friendly countries in the world, with a highly skilled and professional workforce, including a large number of event management agencies and suppliers to the event industry.
The World Bank’s annual “Doing Business” report has consistently ranked Singapore as the easiest place to do business globally, based on a range of factors such as ease of starting a business, obtaining construction permits, getting credit, paying taxes, and enforcing contracts.
7. Safety & security
Singapore has gained a reputation as one of the safest countries in the world thanks to its strict enforcement of laws and efficient justice system.
Low crime rates and a well-maintained, modern healthcare system provide a sense of security to locals and visitors alike, making Singapore a great choice for event managers prioritising the wellbeing of their delegates.
Singapore’s stable political climate is another factor making it an attractive destination for events and conferences. The country has a long history of political stability, with a well-established system of government that is widely respected for its efficiency and transparency.
8. Multicultural diversity
One of the most impactful things about Singapore is its diversity, making it a fascinating destination for delegates across the region.
Chinese, Malaysian, Indonesian, Peranakan, Indian and Eurasian communities come together in this melting pot of cultures. A visit to Chinatown, Little India or Arab Street allows visitors to experience delicious cuisine, traditional festivals, interesting shops and enchanting entertainment.
9. Technological advancements
Singapore has made significant strides in technological advancements in recent years, positioning itself as a leader in innovation and digital transformation.
With breakthroughs in areas such as artificial intelligence, robotics and smart city solutions, Singapore is a great location for events and exhibitions requiring advanced technological capabilities.
10. Lots for event delegates to see and do
The Singapore Tourist Board has a treasure trove of ideas for delegate entertainment.
From a vibrant array of bars, clubs and restaurants to an unforgettable guided ‘Night Safari’ and from the exciting Singapore Flyer observation wheel to the waterfront experience of ‘Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay’, Singapore has a lot to offer.
If you’d like to give delegates a sense of getting away from it all, event planners might like to weave in a trip to Singapore’s island resort, Sentosa, for swimming in the sea, watching the sunset from the beach or, if your teams are feeling adventurous, bungee jumping at Skypark Sentosa.
A little further afield, Pulau Ubin is a short 15-minute boat ride from Singapore. This beautiful island is a window into Singapore’s past, with historical sites, diverse wildlife, coconut rubber plantations, fish farms and Singapore’s last-remaining kampong (traditional village).