Welcome to the Meeting and Event Planning Guide for Singapore, written with meeting planners in mind. A global hub for both business and leisure, Singapore is a natural choice for meetings and events. With several, first-class convention centers and 40,000 hotel rooms, it's not surprising that Singapore has earned a lengthy list of accolades for hosting meetings. That said, Singapore continues to reinvent itself with new event venues and attractions, such as the Marina Bay Sands Singapore, a hotel, museum, retail, dining, entertainment and casino destination that has 250 meeting rooms and Southeast Asia's largest ballroom.
Headlining Singapore's large-scale facilities is the impressive Singapore Expo. With 123,000 square meters of exhibition area, the Singapore Expo is well suited to hosting presentations for over 9,000 people in its largest theater; seminars for over 4,500 people in its largest classroom; and receptions for up to 6,760 guests in its largest banquet venue. Located five minutes from the airport and within walking distance of five hotels, the Singapore Expo is understandably a favorite choice for business events of all kinds.
Meanwhile, the Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre offers 100,000 square meters of exhibition space in the heart of downtown and the marina area. Located near 35 hotels, the center has 26 function rooms, professional staff and world-class amenities. From luxury resorts to historic properties, most hotels offer fully equipped business centers, meeting rooms, Internet access and more. The legendary Raffles Hotel, a national monument since 1987, offers more than five venues suited to events ranging in type and size. Dominating Singapore's Marina Square are the Mandarin Oriental, Hotel Pan Pacific and Meritus Mandarin, each offering extensive facilities for meetings and conventions and boasting a collective room count of nearly 2,000 rooms. Singapore's latest development, the 2,561-room Marina Bay Sands Singapore opened in 2011 with the capacity to accommodate 2,000 exhibition booths, 45,000 delegates and up to 6,000 guests banquet-style (7,000 for a staged performance or 11,000 theater-style).
Supported by a wealth of unique venues, Singapore proves that business and pleasure can in fact be mixed. Host an unforgettable gala at the Asian Civilisations Museum, where a backdrop of Chinese ceramics and Buddha statues captivate guests. The glass restaurant Lodge on Flamingo Lake at Jurong BirdPark is a stunning setting for receptions and dinners. Or, take luncheons of up to 500 people outdoors at the pavilions at Orchidville, the largest orchid farms in Singapore.
Luckily for international travelers, Singapore makes it easy for guests to reach any and all meeting venues and attractions with its clean, inexpensive transportation system. An extensive network of trains, buses and taxis connect travelers to nearly any point in the city, with public transportation fares often averaging under S$2. Getting to the city itself is also hassle-free, thanks the Changi Airport, located about 30 minutes from downtown. Operating flights to over 180 cities in more than 50 countries, Changi is consistently ranked as one of the best in the world.