SINGAPORE — Beyond targeting locals for staycations in phase two of
Singapore’s reopening, hotels are also setting their sights on the
While most businesses are still taking a “wait and see approach” due
to the ongoing uncertainty, Crowne Plaza Changi Airport’s general
manager, Bruno Cristol, shared that the hotel has received corporate
enquiries for group staycations for the latter part of 2020.
“Business travellers will be back eventually when travel gets the
all-clear, but at a different pace. The independent traveller is likely
to be the first to check back in, before group business picks up.
Corporate travel might change with safety as the top priority and
organisations will likely not travel as much as some business travel may
be replaced by today’s advanced teleconferencing technology,” Cristol
With work-from-home arrangements continuing to be the default mode
mandated by the government in phase two of Singapore’s reopening, Crowne
Plaza Changi Airport launched a “SG55 Meet from Home” package that
provides complimentary delivery to delegates. The bundle includes a
breakfast sandwich, bento and dessert set lunch, afternoon snack,
bottled juice and hotel-branded meeting amenities such as writing pad,
pens and mints.
Cristol added: “We are thinking creatively to adapt to the evolving
situation. As we head towards a restart, we will be ready with new
virtual technology capabilities to cater to hybrid events when meetings
and events return.”
Similarly, InterContinental Singapore’s director of sales &
marketing, Gerrit Chng-Luchau, revealed that they have received
“tentative enquiries” for smaller meetings and events, although these
are mainly for early-2021 from companies within Asia Pacific.
“InterContinental Singapore has been receiving enquiries mostly for
our Virtual Meetings package, with the hotel already having hosted small
local groups for this package. We are looking into attracting corporate
travel from first-to-recover geo-markets which allow essential business
travel,” Chng-Luchau said.
As part of the “Go Virtual” meeting package, corporate guests can
make use of a private space within the hotel for 12 hours, such as a
meeting room, and enjoy complimentary all-day coffee and tea, a morning
and afternoon snack as well as bento lunch and drink (minimum of two
guests required). They can also enjoy free high-speed internet, screen
and LCD projector for their meeting needs, and turn to the on-site
support team for any help with troubleshooting.
Off-site meeting delegates are not forgotten, as there is an option
for snack boxes and bento lunches to be delivered on the day of the
Meanwhile, at Fairmont Singapore and Swissotel The Stamford, general
manager, sales & marketing, Rob McIntyre, says he and team are
already preparing for "what will be the new normal in the many months
"Given the current social distancing requirements, the luxury of
space in our meetings and events venue has allowed us to get very
creative with options and offerings for corporate groups. We are
currently putting together programmes where the large open spaces of the
convention centre can become the indoor battle ground for a corporate
Nerf Gun war or Large-Scale Ballroom Dodge Ball as some examples," he
McIntyre also shared with M&C Asia that they are making tweaks to
their current practices, such as amending menus from buffet service to
single-serve portions, and using technology to host larger groups that
are split into different rooms and connected virtually.
"The overriding concept is to continue to meet locally but connect globally," he remarked.