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Guide to Meeting & Event Planning in

Singapore

Learn why you should host your next meeting, event or conference in Singapore.

Why Singapore for Your Next Meeting or Event?

Singapore consistently ranks among the top meetings destinations worldwide, thanks in part to its welcoming visa policy, strong business and tourism infrastructure, nearly nonexistent crime rate and compact size. Coming off its bicentennial celebration last year, this city-state continues to celebrate rich history and culture while remaining laser-focused on the future.

Only in Singapore

The entire city-state is a photographer's paradise, but based on Instagram stats, the can't-miss site here is the 2,561-room Marina Bay Sands, Singapore's largest hotel. The distinctive architectural marvel has been named Singapore's most-Instagrammed property, with more than one million uploaded shots. 

Travel Essentials

Taxes: Room tax, 18%; sales tax, 7%; total tax on hotel rooms, 18%

Convention Centers

Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre; exhibit space, approximately 323,000 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 250
Singapore Expo Convention & Exhibition Centre; exhibit space, approximately 1,076,400 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 32 (in adjacent Max Atria)
Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre; exhibit space, approximately 452,084 square feet; number of meeting rooms, 35

CVB: Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau, +65 6736-2000; 212-302-4861

Transportation In & Around the Area

Singapore Changi Airport, about 11 miles from the city center. Transfer cost by taxi, between S$20 and S$40 to the center; by City Shuttle, about S$9 per adult/S$6 per child 

2018 Stella Award Winner

Best Renovation (within past year), International and U.S. Territories: Shangri-La Hotel

2019 Stella Award Finalist

Best CVB/DMO, International and U.S. Territories: Singapore Tourism Board

 

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Meeting & Event Venues

New & Coming Soon to Singapore

• The 198-room Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore, slated to open in fall 2020, will offer groups a sustainable hotel with a wealth of high-end experiences, including three tennis courts, three swimming pools, a Devarana Spa and more. Located within the Laguna National Golf and Country Club, it will also offer its own putting green. Meeting space will include a 520-person-capacity, pillarless ballroom as well as three boardrooms, two meeting rooms and two large event lawns. 

• The modern luxury property The Clan Hotel Singapore will add 324 rooms to Singapore's substantial inventory when it opens its doors in Q2 of 2020. It will offer several meeting rooms as well as customized services that incorporate authentic Asia touches, including a welcome ceremony with Chinese tea and essential oil turndown services.

• In 2020, Singapore will welcome its own EDITION Hotel. The boutique luxury-lifestyle brand is bringing its fifth Asian property to the destination's famed Orchard Road shopping district, where the Boulevard Hotel once stood. At eight stories tall it is expected to tap into Singapore's embrace of the future, technology, arts and culture. 

• Raffles Singapore, an iconic property in the region, first built in 1887, recently reopened after a two-year closure in which it underwent a wide-ranging renovation. Among its new offerings were a new suite categories (there are now 115 suites), bars, restaurants, courtyards and social areas, as well as a new spa — without losing its Old World grandeur. Unique experiences also are in the works, such as a Singapore Sling master class, a heritage trail and an epicurean journey.
 
• In May 2019, Singapore’s Changi Airport, which consistently tops international airport polls, welcomed the public to  Jewel Changi Airport. Described as a "lifestyle destination," this 10-story, steel-and-glass facility offers more than 280 shops and restaurants, as well as lodging in the form of the YotelAIR Changi Airport, a pod-style hotel that offers hourly room rates. It also offers some extraordinary attractions, including the largest indoor waterfall in the world. The 150,000-square-foot Canopy Park, on the building’s top level, includes the country’s largest air-conditioned indoor garden. The entire complex is connected to the airport and within easy walking distance of Terminals 1, 2 and 3.

• The iconic, 2,560-room Marina Bay Sands welcomed Marquee Singapore in 2019, a dazzling nightclub that anchors a new multiconcept dining-and-entertainment complex at the resort. The collaboration with TAO Group is the first Asian location for the Marquee brand, and replaces one of the two theaters at the resort, covering a three-story area and featuring soaring 70-foot-high ceilings, as well as a full-sized Ferris wheel within the venue. Marquee marks Marina Bay’s second collaboration with TAO Group, following the opening of LAVO Italian Restaurant & Rooftop Bar. Read more here.

Hotel & Venue Additions

• Last fall saw the opening of Six Senses Maxwell. The 138-room property is an adaptive reuse of 14 three- and four-story colonial-style buildings that were joined together. The diverse character of the complex has been preserved, but the new hotel is filled with modern amenities, including a Six Senses Spa, an outdoor lap pool, a champagne bar and lounge, a whiskey bar, a boardroom and a club lounge. A veranda lined with lush foliage traverses the length of the exterior, while inside, French architect and designer Jacques Garcia has created a stylish ambience that pays homage to the décor and furnishings of the era during which the complex was built. 

• The Capitol Kempinski Hotel officially opened last fall in Singapore's downtown Civic and Cultural District, in a restored early-20th-century landmark originally known as the Capitol Building. The 157-room luxury hotel is the first Kempinski property in the city-state. The new hotel is within the upscale, multiuse development known as Capitol Singapore, which also includes a 39-unit residential tower, a retail mall and the Capitol Theatre, all easily accessible to the adjacent City Hall MRT station. On-site facilities include a spa, gym and outdoor saltwater relaxation pool. Among the hotel’s meeting spaces are the fourth-floor Salon, which can accommodate up to 220 people with theater-style seating, along with a prefunction area for 120 people that includes an open kitchen. The Capitol Kempinski’s on-site food-and-beverage options will begin to open in the coming months, among them a signature restaurant helmed by a three-starred Michelin chef. Read more here.

• The Six Senses Duxton, the brand’s first urban hotel, opened in historic Tanjong Pagar in Chinatown. Originally a row of traditional “shophouses,” the 49-room property was redesigned to blend its vintage character with a that of a modern, comfortable hotel. A 50-seat Chinese restaurant on-site, Yellow Pot, is open all day and has two semiprivate dining rooms for five and 10 people, respectively. As with all Six Senses properties, the hotel offers a variety of wellness-focused activities, including walking tours, outdoor yoga and workshops. What’s more, each day guests receive two chilled glass bottles of complimentary tinctures formulated by traditional Chinese medicine physician Professor Zhang Mao Ji — one to be taken first thing in the morning and the other before going to bed at night.  
 
• The 342-room Andaz Singapore opened for business in the DUO integrated development. The hotel design incorporates an “alleyway” theme, reflecting the local neighborhood: Alley on 25 is a series of “shophouse” eateries, where guests can feast on everything from noodles to barbecue snacks to premium meats and seafood. Alley on 3 is a 14,800-square-foot events alleyway, with four residential-style event-space studios.
 
• The 225-room InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay is set  amid the growing number of restaurants, bars and cafés that populate the riverfront walk at The Quayside. The property — the first international hotel brand to grace the neighborhood — offers an expansive penthouse suite with floor-to-ceiling views of the city and the Singapore River. The hotel offers five meeting and event spaces, club rooms and the exclusive Club InterContinental lounge, lap pool and fitness center.
 
• The Sofitel Singapore City Centre, a 223-room luxury property in Chinatown’s Tanjong Pagar Centre development, includes a sixth-floor 100-foot swimming pool lined with trees and offers the property’s best views of the surrounding neighborhood. The hotel has 10 flexible meeting rooms for a total of more than 18,000 square feet of meeting and event space. The restaurant Racine offers French and Chinese fine dining on-site, while the 1864 lobby bar serves morning breakfasts and afternoon and evening cocktails.

Singapore Meeting Hotels

Things to Do in Singapore

Singapore's Top Restaurants

The latest in a destination that prizes its foodie culture

• Set atop the roof of The Outpost Hotel on Singapore’s Sentosa Island, the recently opened 1-V:U gives visitors the sense they’ve been transported to a beach club, with fun, music and gourmet Asian bites keeping the party going. Attendees can sip cocktails and socialize while overlooking Palawan Beach and the surrounding Singapore Straits.

• The revamp of the famed Raffles Hotel included BBR by Alain Ducasse, the French master's first Mediterranean sharing and grill restaurant. The legendary chef, who now owns more than 60 establishments globally, was the first to operate three-Michelin-star restaurants in three different cities.

• Combining classic ingredients with modern touches, Lino Pasta Bar offers a menu of Italian delights, enjoyed in an intimate atmosphere (with art covering the walls and carefully designed lighting) ideal for VIP groups or executive gatherings. 

Marina Bay Sands has introduced New York City’s Black Tap Craft Burgers & Beer to the Singapore populace. The opening marks the Asian debut for the chain, which went from a 15-seat gourmet burger joint in SoHo just three years ago to seven restaurants around the world today — including a spot in the Venetian Las Vegas, also owned by Las Vegas Sands Corp. The 140-seat restaurant offers its acclaimed burgers, craft beers and over-the-top CrazyShake milkshakes, in addition to salads, vegan options and, soon, items unique to Singapore. More than 15 shakes are on the menu at the CrazyShake bar. The adult-beverage bar includes 20 craft beers, including local brews, and a variety of signature cocktails. Read more here.

• The LAVO Italian Restaurant and Rooftop Bar debuted atop the towering Marina Bay Sands early last year, in partnership with the TAO Group. Don't miss the famous LAVO Meatball, made from Imperial Wagyu beef and Italian sausage. The space offers a 180-degree view of the cityscape from 57 stories up, and a DJ keeps the scene lively at night at the outdoor bar and terrace.

• Singapore is campaigning to nominate its hawker culture for UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage status. The nation is famous for its hawker centers, which are indoor markets packed with traditional street-food stalls, where hawkers prepare and serve inexpensive, traditional dishes. The centers have come to be representative of Singaporean culture as a whole, with their multiethnic mix of Malay, Chinese and Indian specialties, among others, served and enjoyed in a communal space. To be awarded a place on UNESCO’s 2020 list, Singapore will need to submit the official nomination by March 2019. Officials are seeking to preserve the culinary traditions and skills for which hawkers are known, and ensure they are passed down to future generations. Read more here.

Uncle Tour Guide

Walking tours are an ideal way to discover Singapore's colorful ethnic enclaves, but you can likewise experience the sights, sounds and scents from the comfort of a trishaw, which seats two alongside the guide who does the pedaling. Trishaw Uncle is licensed by the Singapore Tourism Board and provides a variety of tour experiences, including in Little India, Chinatown and Kampong Glam, the Arab quarter. Trishaw Uncle is experienced in creating customized tours for groups as well, from corporate outings to special occasions, team-building exercises and more.

Extending Your Trip in Singapore

After Dark
The Singapore Zoo now remains open after sunset to offer Rainforest Lumina, a multimedia night-walk experience among the sleeping tenants of the zoo. The half-mile trail takes guests through 10 interactive light installations and multisensory zones. The experience, which is S$22 for adults and S$16 for children, kicked off on July 1.
 
City in a Garden
Gardens by the Bay is a sprawling, 250-acre swath of waterside botanical gardens and futuristic structures, combined into a colorful indoor/outdoor extravaganza. Visitors can tour countless ecosystems, explore the Flower Dome, ascend the suspended walkways within a Cloud Forest conservatory and much more. A number of spaces within can be rented for private events. Or check out the Supertree grove, filled with man-made tree-like structures as tall as 165 feet — which provide shade during the day and light up at night for a Vegas-like light-and-music show.
 
View Master
For those iconic views of Marina Bay, you'll want to ride the Marina Bay Sands elevator up 57 stories to the Sands Skypark. A spacious wraparound observation deck provides a dramatic perspective of the bay and Singapore's city skyline. Even more dramatic is the world's largest rooftop infinity pool, just above the deck, although only hotel guests are currently permitted to immerse themselves.
 
Crustacean Station
Singapore is world-renowned for chilli crab; anyone who leaves without sampling the dish would be remiss. Chilli crabs are stir-fried with a slightly sweet, slightly savory tomato and chili-based sauce and served with steamed or fried buns on the side. Every local will have his or her favorite joints, but one good bet is Jumbo Seafood, which has five locations throughout the city. Try the Riverside Point branch, an expansive restaurant and patio on the river amid a slew of tourist-friendly sites, and with five private dining rooms available within. Pro tip: Ask for the crab market price to avoid financial surprises following the feast.

Excursions

Island Getaway
The fact that Sentosa — known as Singapore's getaway island resort — is only 15 minutes away is testament to the compact allure of the city. The 1.2 million-acre island is owned by the Sentosa Development Corp. and designed for fun: It's home to Resorts World Sentosa and a Universal Studios theme park, as well as luxury hotels, spa retreats, rainforests, beaches, golf courses, a deep-water yachting marina and swanky vacation homes. Arriving via cable car from Mount Farber provides the best views.

Nearby Nature
National Parks maintains and cultivates four nature reserves and more than 300 parks across Singapore, allowing for countless opportunities to convene with nature. The MacRitchie Nature Trail offers one popular hiking option just three miles from the city center and populated with macaque monkeys. Free guided tours are available for MacRitchie and many of the popular trails, but National Parks also makes it easy for visitors to explore on their own: Download a free walking guide and map — complete with hike times (from 30 minutes to several hours, depending on the hike), difficulty ratings and explanations of all of the sites on each trail. At last count, 40 DIY walking guides were available.

Down on the Farm
The D'Kranji Farm Resort, in the northwest of Singapore, provides a full-on local farm-stay experience, with an atmosphere that seems a million miles away from the city. The resort offers a wide variety of tours, workshops, prawn fishing and koi feeding, as well as 35 villas for those who wish to stay a night or two. There are three eateries on-site: a farm-fresh-ingredients restaurant, a vegetarian establishment and a pet-friendly café. 

That's the Ticket

Singapore has become known for some world-class events throughout the year. Consider these when planning your meeting.
 
Singapore Food Festival (July): This food festival promotes the rich history and diversity of Singapore's local cuisine, from hawker centers to cafés to Michelin-starred restaurants.
 
Singapore F1/Singapore Grand Prix (September): Formula 1's first-ever nighttime grand prix is held annually at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.
 
Singapore Art Week (January): The acclaimed event will hold its eighth edition in 2020, a 12-day celebration with art fairs, gallery openings, exhibitions, lifestyle events and more.