Vibrant knowledge hub
Since the country gained independence in 1965, the Singapore government has implemented various policies and strategies to provide the most favourable conditions for thought leadership and innovation to thrive. The efforts have paid off: Singapore is now one of the world’s foremost knowledge hubs for learning and networking with a wide spectrum of cluster strengths in different knowledge-intensive industries, ranging from design and financial services to healthcare and biomedical sciences and urban solutions. It is also hometo more than 7,000 multinational companies and 140 international non-profit organisations.
Over the years, the city has accumulated a highly educated and experienced talent pool with a track record of business accolades as well as strong trade and investment links with many multinational companies and start-ups in various key industries, which makes Singapore an exciting place to do business in.
The expertise of experienced industry players, coupled with Singapore Exhibition and Convention BureauTM (SECB)’s openness to collaboration and offerings of various incentive schemes, also plays a pivotal role in offering event organisers a seamless and hassle-free planning process.
With all these strengths, Singapore was proud to play host to a number of first-in-Asia events and first-in-Singapore business events, notably the Asia Pacific MedTech Forum 2016 and the 14th International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications and Services (MobiSys) 2016.
With the government’s recent investment US$19 billion to spur the country's R&D capabilities, enterprise innovation and entrepreneurship through the Research, Innovation and Enterprise Plan (RIE 2020), Singapore is determined to keep its place at the forefront of innovation. With an illustrious history of emphasising on research, innovation and enterprise, Singapore has a strong commitment to protecting Intellectual Property (IP) rights, which is conducive to a progressive business environment. As a result, the city has succeeded in luring large multinational companies to set up base for innovation strategies in its knowledge-based, innovation-driven economy and society. In recent years, Singapore has established itself as a premier destination for thought leadership events such as Smart Nation Innovations Week featuring 4 event pillars – InnovFest unBound, Forbes Under 30 Summit Asia, Tech Saturday and Big Bang Data – which serves as an ideal platform for thought leaders from media-technology brands and start-ups to network, connect and share inspiring ideas.
Singapore also boasts an amazing variety of flexible event spaces and venues to host your special event, most notably the state-of-the-art and award-winning Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre. It has become a venue of choice for many events due to its outstanding facilities powered by cutting-edge technology featuring a comprehensive network of interactive digital screens that allow delegates to communicate with one another in new and innovative ways.
As the city is strengthening its thought leadership position, possibilities abound for event professionals looking to organise successful meetings in a knowledge-intensive environment that embraces cutting-edge innovation.
Singapore MICE Advantage Programme (SMAP)
Singapore Exhibition and Convention BureauTM (SECB) is closely collaborating with several partners to offer planners a host of exclusive privileges and unique experiences through the Singapore MICE Advantage Programme (SMAP). Newly updated, SMAP is specially designed to help event planners make the best of their experiences in Singapore.
Singapore Airlines Group
Flying to Singapore has never been more affordable with a selection of exceptional value fares from Singapore Airlines and its subsidiary airlines including SilkAir, Scoot and Tigerair, covering more than 120 destinations in over 30 countries around the world. Renowned for its quality service, Singapore Airlines Group prides itself on putting customers first and offering a wide range of services and tour packages to meet their needs.
Why not treat your delegates upon arrival with an enthusiastic welcome and vouchers for them to shop and dine at Changi Airport, voted the World’s Best Airport last year by Skytrax 2016 World Airport Awards? Thanksto its myriad extraordinary facilities such as cinema, business lounges, swimming pool, spas, and even nature trails (who would have thought?), Changi Airport is worth visiting as a destination in itself.
Changi Airport is also home to JetQuay, Asia’s first standalone luxury airport terminal specially catered with CIPs (Commercially Important Persons) in mind. Equipped with dedicated check-in and immigration clearance featuring a personal guide who escorts guests through the process upon arrival or before departure, the terminal never fails to impress with its immaculate personalised service and efficiency. As a special offer for MICE delegates, up to 10 complimentary one-way quayside service are available on request.
If you’re looking for efficient transportation for your delegates, why not try Uber? Available in more than 500 cities worldwide, Uber is currently the world’s most popular ride-hailing app that connects riders with affordable, reliable rides within minutes at the tap of a button. Participants can conveniently request a car from the airport or to their event venue without waiting in line and have the option to pay with cash or credit.
With such irresistible privileges and offers, and the combined strength of being an innovative, knowledge-intensive city tapping into its amazing potential of thought leadership, Singapore is without a doubt an ideal choice of destination for your next successful event.
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