by Michael C. Lowe | March 01, 2015
Throughout 2015, Singapore is celebrating its 50th year of independence with a series of special events. Among highlights:

 On Aug. 9 the country will celebrate is Golden Jubilee with a National Day Parade at Padang, an open playing field in the city's downtown known for hosting national events.

 In November, the new Jubilee Walk will be unveiled, a marked trail that will lead pedestrians through historic locations throughout the Marina Bay district.

Take a Stroll
Spanning one million acres, Gardens by the Bay is a verdant respite in the city's core.
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The island nation of Singapore continues to enjoy its perch among the top destinations for meetings around the world. In 2013, the most recent year tallied, the city proper outpaced all of its Asian counterparts for international conventions for the 12th consecutive year, with 175 events, an increase of 16.7 percent over 2012, according to the International Congress and Convention Association.

When it comes to overall tourism, the city continues to be popular among international visitors, drawing 15.1 million travelers in 2014, a slight dip from the record 15.5 million in 2013, according to the Singapore Tourism Board.

To keep both business and leisure travel at record levels, Singapore continues to add more to its extensive list of offerings.

Hotel News 
The 157-room Patina, Capitol Singapore, is set to open this year in the city's historic Capitol Building and adjoining Stamford House, following a restoration by famed Pritzker Prize-winning architect Richard Meier. The luxury property will feature a saltwater pool, a fitness center, a signature restaurant and a club lounge, in addition to personalized concierge services. For meetings, a 2,637-square-foot pillarless ballroom will be divisible in half; adjacent to that will be 1,300-square-foot prefunction area.

InterContinental Hotels Group is developing two properties in the Joo Chiat neighborhood of Katong in the eastern part of the city, a 15-minute drive from Changi Airport. The 131-room Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong will offer all-day dining, a pool, a fitness center and one meeting room. The nearby 451-room Holiday Inn Express Singapore Katong will have grab-and-go-style food, a fitness center and a business center. Both hotels will open in 2016.

Facilities Updates
A massive mixed-use space dubbed South Beach is slated to open later this year and will include two new office and residential towers, a 645-room Phillipe Starck-designed hotel, retail spaces and an exclusive members-only club. The plan also calls for a designer ballroom that can seat up to 500.

The Singapore Sports Hub opened last year on an 85-acre site that includes retail, restaurants and various sports facilities. The centerpiece of the complex is the 55,000-seat National Stadium, which has a retractable roof and offers views of the city's skyline.