A convention centre in Singapore became the first in Asia to be given Healthy Venue Gold status after offering delegates a range of wellness and healthy eating options.
Sands Expo and Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands was given the nod of approval by the World Obesity Federation, which runs the Healthy Venues accreditation scheme.
As part of a concerted drive to make conferences and events healthier, the venue has reduced by 30 per cent the oil, sugar and salt content on its menus and introduced ‘standing conferences’.
It has also introduced fitness and relaxation sessions, including yoga and cycling.
Ong Wee Min, VP Conventions & Exhibitions, said: “Wellness has become a key agenda in today’s events. The accreditation and the reinvention of Marina Bay Sands’ banquet services is a culmination of the lessons learnt during the pandemic, giving organisers the confidence to revitalise their delegates’ journey with wellness across multiple touchpoints.”
The accreditation is the third industry award the venue has won in recent weeks.
Last month the resort became the first meetings and events venue in the world to be Healthcare Meetings Compliance Certificate Verified. It has also added the Events Industry Council’s (EIC) Sustainable Event Standards for Venues (Platinum) honour to its growing lists of achievements.
Furthermore, the Singaporean venue has pledged to train all its client-facing staff on the EIC Sustainable Event Professional Certificate (SEPC) course by the end of the year.
Amy Calvert CEO events industry council said: “As our industry continues its journey of recovery and works to build a sustainable future, it is critical that organisations invest in upskilling and supporting their workforce. Marina Bay Sands acts as an excellent example, of how an organisation can empower team members to tackle what is one of the biggest issues facing us today.”