Meetings reinvigorated: Island destinations equip planners with the chance to weave business and leisure. (Photo Credit: Resorts World Sentosa)
With idyllic beaches, laid-back resorts and vibrant leisure attractions, it's easy to make the case for island destinations as ideal venues for corporate meetings and events. The combination of inspiring natural settings from beaches to underwater and hill-top venues for events, combined with leisure and adventure attractions, offers planners a compelling proposition that answers the growing demand for business events with top-notch leisure experiences. Planners who want to succeed should be looking for unique meeting destinations that offer the experience of being completely dialled in yet totally set apart.
Here are what planners should be looking for in such venues:
Tranquil resort life
Setting a relaxed, informal vibe can keep attendees engaged and focused. (Photo Credit: Resorts World Sentosa)
Setting attendees at ease in a laidback, breezy setting often benefits event planners as much as it does attendees, helping to keep delegates engaged and minimise distractions.
Situated just 10 minutes from Singapore's central business district, Resorts World Sentosa offers respite from the urban bustle of city life from its perch on Sentosa.
Its vibrant cluster of leisure and entertainment attractions provides meeting planners ample opportunities to weave in leisure, entertainment and wellness experiences as part of the meetings experience.
Planners can immerse delegates in the calming marine life at S.E.A. Aquarium, home to more than 100,000 marine animals of over 1,000 species, across 50 different habitats, where the options include programmes on marine conservation and an unforgettable dining experience at the Ocean Restaurant in full splendour of the aquarium's majestic inhabitants.
Or bring the resort relaxation to another level with luxurious pampering by renowned UK luxury spa brand ESPA, which offers face and body treatments and unique experiences such as Forest Onsen-style Pools, Crystal Steam rooms and Singapore's first authentic Hammam.
Venues with state-of-the-art technical capabilities can help planners inject the 'wow' factor into events. (Photo Credit: Resorts World Sentosa)
Whether it is staging a show-stopping moment with lasers and music, events planners are increasingly tasked with injecting the 'wow' factor into business sessions.
Especially for mega-sized events, it is even more crucial that planners select meeting destinations that are well-equipped with advanced technological capabilities to bring key event messages and agendas to life.
Consider the many benefits of partnering with integrated resorts like Resorts World Sentosa in Singapore, 49 hectares of versatile indoor and outdoor event spaces, six uniquely-themed hotels and five world-class attractions.
Planners have access to a comprehensive range of spaces for small to large events at its dedicated convention facility, Resorts World Convention Centre, which spans over 11,000sqm in meetings and events spaces.
Its largest venue, the 6,500-seater Resorts World Ballroom, is a column-free ballroom equipped to impress with immersive 270-degree projection screens and programmable laser lights.
A foodie's haven
From modern European fare at one-Michelin-star table65 to Thai-inspired cuisine, Resorts World Sentosa is a gourmand's paradise for discerning international delegates. (Photo Credit: Resorts World Sentosa)
Impressing the taste buds of international attendees with diverse dietary requirements and preferences remains one of the key challenges for any event planner. Take advantage of the diverse culinary offerings located within Resorts World Sentosa, which offers a culinary exploration from East to West cuisines with options for vegan to gluten-free diets.
A gourmand's paradise awaits delegates with 11 celebrity dining concepts, including the one-Michelin-star table65's take on modern European fare to Tangerine's Thai-inspired farm-to-table cuisine. For a taste of regional favourites, planners can arrange for groups to visit the Malaysian Food Street, which serves up a mouth-watering selection of signature breakfast items, dishes and desserts.
Adventures for the brave
Up the ante for team bonding experiences with diverse options for nature and adventure activities from Adventure Cove Waterpark to Universal Studios Singapore.
Engage the thrill-seeking side of attendees with moderate to high-octane options for outdoorsy, adventure-based activities to encourage attendees to let down their hair (and guard).
There are myriad possibilities for teams to bond over experiences, from an exhilarating brush with the ocean's graceful predators such as Hammerhead, and Nurse Sharks or playful Indo-Pacific Bottlenose Dolphins and rays at Adventure Cove Waterpark. When the sun sets, planners can throw an after-dark party at the waterpark to cap off the experience.
For those looking for land adventures, there are stomach-twisting rides and themed activities in store at Universal Studios Singapore. Planners can arrange for a VIP experience that will enable visitors to access the theme park, refreshments and meet-and-greet photo opportunities.
For an exclusive touch, planners can arrange for a chartered sunset yacht experience on board Royal Albatross, Singapore's largest charter yacht that can house up to 200 guests.
Partnering venues with strong sustainability credentials can help planners reduce their event's impact through food waste management initiatives. (Photo Credit: Resorts World Sentosa)
Event organisers committed to reducing the impact on the environment and communities from business events should look to support event destinations with credible sustainability programmes in place.
Sprawling destinations like Resorts World Sentosa offer planners the assurance through initiatives such as its holistic food waste management, which includes the use of bio digesters to convert 95% of food waste into liquid waste and finding creative ways to repurpose ingredients.
Sustainability also threads through the entire resort's operations, with eco-friendly initiatives such as an eco-pond, centralised District Cooling Plant for air-conditioning, and eco-friendly linens and LED lighting.
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