Singapore

The city-state ranks among the top meetings destinations worldwide.

Why Here?

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.

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 was Singapore's most-Instagrammed property in 2017, with more than one million uploaded shots. 

Good to Know

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

Getting Here and There

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 

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Meeting Venues

Coming Soon

• The iconic, 2,560-room Marina Bay Sands will welcome Marquee Singapore in 2019, a dazzling nightclub that will anchor a new multiconcept dining-and-entertainment complex at the resort. The collaboration with TAO Group will be the first Asian location for the Marquee brand, and it will be a hard one to top: The club will replace 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 early this year of LAVO Italian Restaurant & Rooftop Bar. Read more here.

• Following this spring’s opening of the Six Senses Duxton, the brand intends to debut yet another property in October, 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 will be 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.


• Later this year, the 208-room Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore is slated to open alongside the Laguna National Golf & Country Club’s Masters and Classic championship golf courses. The luxury property will also feature a resort-style clubhouse and a golf-themed restaurant and bar called The Nest.
 
Raffles Singapore, which has been closed for restoration work since the beginning of 2017, is expected to reopen toward the end of 2018. Planned for the restored property are new suite categories, bars, restaurants, courtyards and social areas, as well as a new spa. Unique experiences also are in the works, such as a Singapore Sling master class, a heritage trail and an epicurean journey.
 
• Singapore’s Changi Airport, which consistently tops international airport polls, will soon welcome a major multi-use development to up the ante. Jewel Changi Airport, described as a "lifestyle destination," will be a 10-story, steel-and-glass facility that offers “play attractions,” retail, dining and traveler services, as well as lodging in the form of the YotelAIR Changi Airport, a pod-style hotel that offers hourly room rates. The entire complex will be connected to the airport and within easy walking distance of Terminals 1, 2 and 3. The 150,000-square-foot Canopy Park, on the building’s top level, promises to offer the country’s largest air-conditioned indoor garden. Jewel is slated to open in 2019.

Recent Additions

• The Capitol Kempinski Hotel officially opened Oct. 1 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 April 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 Huone Singapore Events Hotel opened on bustling Clarke Quay in February 2017. The venue offers 11 event spaces for six to 300 attendees, with themed rooms that include Igloo, Cloud and Forest. The Helsinki-based Huone (Finnish for room) provides turnkey meeting service — they arrange the rooms, F&B and any activities the organizer requests.
 
• The 342-room Andaz Singapore opened for business in November 2017 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.
 
• In October 2017, the 225-room InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay opened for business, 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, also debuted last October. A sixth-floor 100-foot swimming pool is 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.

Things to Do

New on the Food Scene

The latest in a destination that prizes its foodie culture

• On Sept. 1, Marina Bay Sands 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.

• 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.
 
• The first MasterChef Asia winner, Wai Leong Woo, opened Restaurant IBID in March. The Nanyang-style contemporary Chinese restaurant combines the East-meets-West sensibility of Wai Long's own background and examines the concept of creations that come from the same source — ibid, in Latin.
 
Caffe Fernet opened in February 2018, a 130-seat restaurant and bar at the Customs House. The fare is light Italian-inspired and the ambience casual, but part of what distinguishes the spot is the pedigree of the owners, who are behind some of the most lauded bars in Singapore (Gibson, Jigger & Pony). This new enterprise features an extensive cocktail list as well as entrées like spanner crab spaghetti and sheep's ricotta agnolotti.
 
• The LAVO Italian Restaurant and Rooftop Bar debuted atop the towering Marina Bay Sands in January of this 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.
 
• In the works for 2019 is a restaurant from French master Alain Ducasse at the iconic Raffles Hotel. The hotel currently is in the midst of an extensive renovation and is slated to reopen this fall. Details about the new restaurant, Ducasse's first in Singapore, are still to come. The legendary chef, who now owns more than 60 establishments globally, was the first to operate three-Michelin-star restaurants in three different cities.

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.

Stay Another Day

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.

Outskirts / Side Trips

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): The destination celebrates the food festival's 25th anniversary this year, which promotes the rich history and diversity of the 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 seventh edition in 2019, a 12-day celebration with art fairs, gallery openings, exhibitions, lifestyle events and more.