On the waterfront:
rises high along Marina Bay.
Singapore, at the southern end of the
Malay peninsula, is a clean, well-organized and highly developed
city-state with one of Asia’s best standards of living. With its
tropical climate and location on busy sea trade routes linking
Europe and Asia, Singapore has long played host to visitors from
all parts of the world and today boasts a wide array of flight
options, boutique and five-star accommodations, along with ample
This year, Singapore’s Changi
Airport unveiled plans for a new US$1.1 billion main
Terminal 3 complex, set to open in 2008. The 4 million-square-foot
facility will feature a high-tech roof design incorporating more
than 900 skylights designed to flood the terminal with natural
light while keeping out the tropical heat. The seven-story building
will offer 70 retail outlets and 30 restaurants, as well as a
“Green Wall,” a five-story-high vertical garden intersected by four
waterfalls. Additionally, a 350-room hotel is being constructed
adjacent to the new terminal.
The Las Vegas Sands Corp. will develop
the US$3.6 billion Marina Bay Sands, a 2,500- to
3,000-room casino complex that will offer 1.18 million square feet
of gross floor space. The project is slated for a 2009 debut. Plans
call for retail shopping, six restaurants, two 2,000-seat theaters,
an art and science museum, a public plaza and a “skypark” --
comprising three towers topped and connected by a flat park
featuring pools and gardens.
In Singapore’s Marina district, the
Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exposition
Centre has installed an “e-board” on its facade, one of
the biggest LED displays in Asia. The 45.6-foot-by-34.7-foot
display includes audio and will be used to attract attendees and
raise awareness of events at the facility, which has more than 1.07
million square feet of floor space on six levels.
In July, the city’s first regularly
scheduled, free shuttle service by a public transport operator was
launched, dubbed SMRT Link (www.smrt.com.sg). The
service connects the Chinatown, Dhoby Ghaut and Little India
districts, serving popular attractions such as the People’s Park
Complex, Selegie Centre and Tekka Mall. Shuttles run on weekends
and public holidays from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., every 8 to 15
Capella Hotels & Resorts will open
the Capella Singapore in 2008 on Sentosa Island.
The property, formerly known as The Knolls, will undergo a US$157
million renovation and will feature 110 suites and villas, plus
four meeting rooms.
In June, the 325-room Orchard
Hotel Singapore debuted its Orchard Wing with its
Signature Club, which offers business travelers rooms with
amenities such as a 32-inch LCD TV with laptop interface, an
MP3-friendly Bose stereo with CD player, and Wi-Fi access.
Accor recently re-entered the Singapore
market with the reflagging of the 398-room Hotel New Otani to the
Novotel Clarke Quay Singapore. The refurbished
hotel, five minutes from Suntec Singapore, features seven meeting
rooms, a grand ballroom, a restaurant, a business center, an
outdoor swimming pool and a fitness center.
Last year, the 775-room Pan
Pacific Singapore dedicated its entire 22nd floor, dubbed
the Executive Centre, to business travelers. Amenities include a
dedicated concierge, Herman Miller Aeron chairs, three working
office rooms equipped with computers and printers, two
“conversation rooms” for six to eight guests each and three
boardrooms that can seat up to 16.