A Tiny Paradise
The resort island of Sentosa lies less than a thousand yards south of Singapore, reachable from the heart of downtown in less than 15 minutes by car, bus, foot, ferry, or aerial tramway.
This 2-square-mile paradise is packed with three beaches, dozens of tourist attractions such as Volcanoland and Underwater World, and outdoor public spaces that can be reserved for events of up to 4,000 persons. Sentosa also has three resorts — Shangri La's Rasa Sentosa, NTUC Sentosa Beach Resort, and the Sijori Resort — and a hotel/conference center, the Beaufort. This year, the 214-room property will see all guest rooms refurbished; the redesign of its award-winning restaurant; and a new spa. With all this comes about 14,000 square feet of meeting space.
Everything at Your Fingertips
With its 4.5 million people, Singapore offers some compelling advantages, despite its distance from the United States. Everyone speaks English, and the city's infrastructure — including communications — is the envy of the world. And once you're there, everything is nearby. How about 5,200 sleeping rooms within walking distance of the convention center?
Singapore has that in the Singapore Intelligence Centre, a complex that includes Suntec Singapore Convention Center and seven hotels, all connected via air-conditioned walkways. With a 130,000-square-foot convention hall, another 130,000 square feet of exhibition space, 31 meeting rooms, a 23,100-square-foot ballroom, plus another 101 meeting rooms and 11 ballrooms in the hotels, there is more than 800,000 total square feet of usable event space. Throw in a broadband wireless system (2.4 megabits per second) that allows thousands of connections at once, and you're talking serious connectivity.
Go to Your Room
Among the hotels linked to Singapore Intelligence Centre, Swisshotel The Stamford stands out. A former Westin property, it has 1,200 rooms, including 29 suites. It's connected to the 800-room Raffles The Plaza and the Raffles City Convention Centre, which has 18 meeting rooms in 70,000 square feet of space.
Coming in October is the Esplanade Theaters on the Bay. This venue will feature a 1,600-seat concert hall and a 2,000-seat opera house. Arts groups will get first priority at scheduling time, but it will be available for private events.