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Singapore Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 250
Total Sleeping Rooms 64,170
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 2,561
Committable Meeting Rooms* 250
Convention Center Space 15,000 Sq. Mtr.
Largest Exhibit Space 12,000 Sq. Mtr.
Average Hotel Room Rate SGD $387
Average Daily Meal Cost SGD $180
Average Weekly Car Rental SGD $602
*Maximum for a single hotel

Singapore Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to the MICE Guide for Singapore, a city guide written with MICE 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, more than 150 hotels, and over 50,000 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, a hotel, museum, retail, dining, and, entertainment 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 MICE area and MAX Atria, its most recent wing (opened 2012), providing additional meeting facilities and lush green spaces, the Singapore EXPO is well suited to hosting presentations for over 9,000 people in its largest theatre; 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 two business hotels, Capri by Fraser at Changi City and Park Avenue Changi Hotels & Suites, the Singapore EXPO is understandably a favorite choice for business events of all kinds.

Singapore's latest development, the 2,561-room Marina Bay Sands, 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 theatre-style). Meanwhile, the Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre offers 60,000 square meters of exhibition and meeting space in the heart of downtown and the marina area, the center has 40 flexible and customizable meeting rooms, professional staff, and world-class amenities. Elsewhere, Raffles City Convention Centre offers planners even more choice within the city, while the venues at Resorts World Sentosa will astound planners and groups alike.

From luxury resorts to historic properties, Singapore offers a wide range of hotels that cater to every visitor and are clustered into 6 major precincts for convenience and transportation to convention centers and local attractions and food and beverage options. 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 Bay precinct is the Suntec Joint Marketing Alliance, comprising the Mandarin Oriental Singapore, Pan Pacific Singapore Hotel, and Marina Mandarin Singapore, the Conrad Centennial Singapore, Ritz Carlton Millenia Singapore, Swissotel the Stamford and Fairmont Singapore and accounting for more 5,200 hotel rooms.

The Orchard Road precinct also offers a wide range of hotel properties from international chains including the very first Shangri-La Hotel property in the world, Marriott Hotel Singapore, St Regis Singapore, and the Grand Hyatt Singapore.

Sentosa Island, located 15 minutes away from the city centre, boats a collection of over 3,000 hotel rooms across 15 properties including W Hotel Sentosa and Capella Hotel Singapore.

Supported by a wealth of unique and unconventional MICE social venues, the most recent being Gardens by the Bay, Singapore Sports Hub, S.E.A. Aquarium, and River Safari, Singapore proves that business and pleasure can in fact be mixed. The city is compact, efficient, multi-cultural, warm, and hospitable, with a wide range of green meeting spaces and group experiences, in addition to its convention venues.

Luckily for international travelers, Singapore is one of the most accessible cities in Asia with very few visa requirements. The compact city also makes it easy for guests to reach any and all meeting venues and attractions with its clean, inexpensive, and efficient 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 SGD$2. Getting to the city itself is also hassle-free, thanks the Singapore Changi Airport, located about 30 minutes from downtown. Operating flights to over 250 cities in more than 60 countries and territories worldwide, Singapore Changi Airport is consistently ranked as one of the best in the world.

About Singapore / Additional Info

For the 12th consecutive year, in 2013, Singapore maintained its position as Asia's Top Convention City, according to global rankings by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). According to the Union of International Associations (UIA), Singapore was the Top International Meeting Country for the third time in its 2013 rankings, as well as the Top International Meeting City for the seventh consecutive year. Meanwhile, at the World Travel Awards 2013, Singapore was named Asia's Leading Meetings & Conference Destination.

The first mention of Singapore can be found in a Chinese written record dating to the 3rd century, when it was described as "Pu Luo Chung," or "island at the end." Though modest, the description centers on what would hold great importance for the nation in years to come. Its location at the tip of Malay Peninsula made Singapore a hub for sea routes and trade throughout the centuries. In 1819, Sir Stamford Raffles first established what is now modern Singapore as a British trading post, spurring population growth from 150 to 10,000 people in just five years.

Today, Singapore continues to thrive with over 5.4 million residents and English is a commonly spoken language. Though it is the smallest nation in Southeast Asia at 710.2 square kilometers, it remains the largest of the four remaining sovereign city-states in the world. It also holds the impressive title as the third wealthiest country in the world in terms of GDP per capita, thanks to a solid economy based heavily on manufacturing. It is also the busiest port in the world with over 600 shipping lines that coordinate the tankers, container ships, and passenger liners filling the surrounding waters. Singapore has also been ranked as the Top city in Asia for safety and quality of living and is consistently ranked as the world's easiest place to do business by the World Bank.

For visitors, Singapore's bustling waterside has many advantages as well. Actually made up of a main island with 63 surrounding islets, Singapore has plenty of scenic recreation options that groups can enjoy in the year-round warm climate. Dotted along the historical Singapore River, groups can board a traditional bumboat rivercruise and travel down the river and discover countless options of restaurants, bars and attractions that make for a unique experience. Groups can inhale the sweet aroma of the 20,000 orchid plants on display at the Singapore Botanic Gardens, as well as enjoy the Gardens by the Bay, a superpark that houses some 380,000 plants in conservatories and three waterfront spaces, including Flower Dome, the world's largest column-less greenhouse, which replicates the cool-dry Mediterranean climate.

In addition, groups may delve into the vibrant culture and heritage of Singapore at the National Gallery Singapore (slated to open at the end of 2015); the National Museum of Singapore, the largest and oldest museum in the country; and explore over 7,500 20th-century Singapore and Southeast Asian art pieces, including those by pioneer artists Liu Kang and Georgette Chen. At the Asian Civilisations Museum, guests can see batik, embroidery, and beadwork collections along with silver and porcelain artifacts representing the rich tapestry of Asian cultures.

Visitors can easily explore these diverse cultures on the streets of Singapore as well. Shop for silk saris and wood carvings on the streets of Little India, or enjoy local favorite food at the Chinatown Food Street or experience a traditional chinese tea ceremony in Chinatown. The neighborhood of Kampong Glam was once the seat of Malay royalty in Singapore. Today, guests can explore its many historic attractions, including the Malay Heritage Centre and Sultan Mosque, the largest mosque in Singapore. In the Joo Chiat district, visitors can be immersed in a unique culture distinct of the Peranakans. A culture unique to this region is a blend of Chinese and Malay tradition that is best experienced through their food, language, and fashion; a rich heritage preserved from the 17th century to this very day.

When the sun sets, the streets of Singapore take an entirely different character. Savor hawker food at Satay by the Bay or the open-air Makansutra Gluttons Bay, or hit the dance floor at the Club Pangaea; or enjoy a bespoke cocktail experience at one of the many cocktail bars like Bar Stories, Enjoy stunning vistas of the city skyline at Lantern or KU DE TA while admiring the world-famous Singapore skyline. Chill out at Timbre, where a laid-back atmosphere attracts visitors of all kinds to enjoy live music nightly. Guests can even shop at any hour of the day, thanks to the 24-hour emporium, Mustafa Centre, which boasts some of the lowest fixed prices in Singapore. Orchard Road, voted as one of the top shopping streets in the world among New York's Fifth Avenue and Paris' Champs-Elysees, is home to nearly 800,000 square meters of high-fashion and mass-market retailers. Day and night, Singapore's varied attractions keep guests making memories.

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