Hear from the Experts
A unique blend of heritage and modernity, Singapore offers a multitude of experiences for MICE and business travelers. Here is a look at some of the most hyperlocal options available, from the perspectives of three local PCOs.
Oscar Cerezales, COO, Asia Pacific, MCI Group
“Groups can enjoy a scenic bumboat ride in the Marina Bay area from the ultra-modern Marina Bay Sands and arrive in styleat a restaurant at Clifford Pier (an old pier building converted into super elegant dining establishment).” Trishaw rides to some of the most popular and iconic points of interest can also be a fun way to introduce delegates to the city.
“We can also arrange a tour of the Peranakan Museum & The Intan (the home of a Peranakan who has devoted his home to be a haven for the treasures of the Peranakan culture).”
Cerezales says local entertainment can also be arranged to delight groups, “we can combine gamelan (traditional music) with a rock band performance.” The Singapore’s Formula 1 racing, and plethora of sports events and activities, further offers numerous opportunities for adding some excitement to any meeting, incentive or event.
For cultural immersion, book a tour of Thow Kwang, one of the two surviving dragon kilns in Singapore. Thow Kwang offersvgroups hands-on pottery classes. “From there, we can depart for a vegetable farm (Bollywood Veggies) and enjoy a simple back to nature experience with a home cooked lunch.”
Felicia Teng, General Manager, The Meeting Lab
“Cultural immersion that can be incorporated into events.” This is what Teng describes as one of Singapore’s biggest strengths. Whether incorporating local festivals, exploring Chinese calligraphy or marveling at stilt walkers decked out in different cultural costumes, Singapore’s multicultural makeup is on full display.
Jasper Donat, CEO Branded, All That Matters
The mix of old and new is high on Singapore’s list of strengths in Jasper Donat’s, CEO of All That Matters, book. Dempsey Hill, a former British military barracks-turned-lifestyle destination with dining, shopping and heritage trails, is also pretty high up on Donat’s list of “must-do’s,” while events at Wave House, a 70,000-sf beachfront venue with exhilarating wave simulation rides, will be sure to thrill delegates.
“The nightlife vibrancy of Club Street and the variety of local food available at hawker centres and food courts such as Maxwell Market, the Singapore Flyer and the Singapore Food Trail,” are additional not to be missed experiences.