by Michael C. Lowe | March 01, 2014
Green Scene

• The Singapore Green Plan ( was established in 1992 to balance economic development and environmental management.

• The 2,560-room Marina Bay Sands recently achieved the APEX/ASTM certification for green meetings. For details:

• Adjacent to the Marina Reservoir, the 250-acre Gardens by the Bay opened in 2012, comprising three waterfront gardens with stunning spaces like the climate-controlled Flower Dome.

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The island nation of Singapore continues to add to its meetings infrastructure. Along with the debut of some gleaming new hotels, last year's US$145 million update of the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Center included a modernized facade and a new two-story-high interactive digital wall that holds a Guinness World Record. The center now features a robust 452,000 square feet of function space.

Hotel Update
Set to open in May in the heart of the central business district, the 134-room Sofitel So Singapore will offer a rooftop pool, a fitness center, dining options and a yet-to-be-specified amount of meeting space.

The 305-room Westin Singapore opened in November 2013 with 14,500 square feet of meeting space. The property occupies levels 32 to 46 in the new Asia Square Tower 2 commercial development in Marina Bay, in Singapore's financial district. Amenities include a spa, a fitness studio, an outdoor infinity pool, and several food-and-beverage options.

The 367-room Parkroyal on Pickering also opened last year and features more than 7,500 square feet of function space. The hotel's signature trait is its 161,460 square feet of gardens, reflecting pools, waterfalls, terraces and green walls, giving an exotic cast to an upscale business property.

For smaller groups, the new 37-room boutique AMOY succeeds in evoking the nation's early Chinese immigrant experience (simple accent furniture, a restored vintage temple on-site) within a sleek, modern hotel. All guests receive complimentary arrival transfers from the airport via limo, Internet access, continental breakfast and in-room refreshments.

Other Attractions
The US$1 billion Singapore Sports Hub is expected to open next month. The complex will include a 55,000-capacity stadium with retractable roof, a 6,000-capacity indoor aquatic center, a 3,000-capacity indoor arena, a sports museum and more.

City Hall and the former Supreme Court Buildings currently are being transformed into the National Art Gallery, which is slated for completion in 2015. The 645,835-square-foot facility will have a special focus on Southeast Asian and Singaporean art from the 19th century to the present day.