Over 13 years ago, I first stepped off the plane at Changi International Airport in Singapore. From the beaches of Sentosa Island to the rainforests of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and the Singapore Botanic Gardens to the futuristic design of The Esplanade and the Garden by the Bay, this stunning destination with modern amenities is ideal for companies desiring to treat employees to a break from winter.
Singapore, a city-state in southeast Asia, declared independence from Great Britain in 1963 and formed Federation of Malaysia alongside Malaya and Sarawak and Sabah on the island of Borneo. In 1965, the Republic of Singapore became fully independent. Singapore has evolved into a thriving metropolis and one of the world's foremost destinations for meetings and conferences. Major conference facilities include Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Singapore Expo and the Marina Bay Sands Singapore complex, pictured to the right.
Singapore is a rich tapestry of the Chinese, Indian, Malay and British influences that have shaped it. Gourmet cuisine from a various cultures can be incorporated into event menus. Architecture ranges from Chinese shophouses and Hindu Temples to gleaming skyscrapers. When not in meeting rooms, Chinatown is a great place to browse for treasures.
In fact, all of Singapore has a reputation as a shopper's paradise. Guests won't want to miss the variety of goods and appliances available at Mustafa Centre, an incredible shopping adventure in the heart of Little India that offers a taste of the culture of Singapore's Indian population. Visitors will want to explore the incredible shopping along Orchard Road, Singapore's most fashionable street. The annual Shopping Festival is one of the best times to visit Singapore. I can attest to taking advantage of the many bargains.
My first impressions of Singapore were that this bright, beautiful and lush destination, just 85 miles north of the equator, had much to offer for conferences, meetings, team building retreats and corporate events. This impression has never changed.
To discover more things to do and places to see in Singapore, also read Singapore and Sentosa Sparkle with Stunning New Developments, Waterfall Venues and Restaurants and 4 Interactive Attractions to Explore Asia's Rich Cultural Heritage on the Cvent Event Blog.
For help in planning your event in Singapore, consult the Cvent Singapore Meeting Planning Guide.
Photo Credit: MICA