For many international meetings and events buyers in Singapore for the second Asia Business Meet from June 24-25, a tour around Singapore's heritage venues and island destination of Sentosa was high on the agenda after the city hosted the Trump-Kim Summit talks last month.
Some 54 international buyers from top corporations, incentive houses, events agencies in US, Europe and Asia Pacific on a pre-event familiarisation itinerary that included site inspections of Asian Civilisations Museum, National Gallery, Resorts World Sentosa and a preview of Village Hotel Sentosa.
The buyers were in town during the annual Singapore MICE Forum, which ran concurrently at Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, the city's oldest performing arts centre.
At a lunch hosted at Village Hotel Katong, buyers were updated on new hotel developments on Sentosa in its middle to upper tiers, which will add diversity to what is often seen as a premium destination. Far East Organization will be adding 839 rooms to the island across three new hotels opening next April, bumping up the existing 3,165-key hotel inventory that is primarily five-star upper scale luxury by at least a quarter.
In the mid-tier category, the Village Hotel Sentosa will be the largest addition with 606 rooms, while the 193-key The Outpost Hotel will add to the upscale segment. Housed in a conserved colonial building, The Barracks Hotel will offer 40 guest rooms in the luxury premium category.
The Events Centre, a 130-year-old restored heritage building, will offer 800 sqm of events spaces for small- to mid-scale events. This includes the Revelry Ballroom, which can accommodate up 20 to 22 tables, and four meetings spaces.
Also on the island was the Resorts World Sentosa, where buyers had the opportunity to tour attractions such as the S.E.A. Aquarium, the world's largest oceanarium, Trick Eye Museum Singapore, Maritime Experiential Museum and the Resorts World Convention Centre, which offers one of the region's largest pillar-free ballroom that can accommodate up to 6,000 guests.