SINGAPORE, which is situated at the heart
of Southeast Asia, has positioned itself as a
thrilling destination where lively global business and pleasure meet.
High-tech business is at home at Singa-pore’s several convention venues. Singapore
Expo, whose largest exhibition space is
1 million square feet, will be among the
venues hosting the 28th Southeast Asian
Games in June. Marina Bay Sands Expo and
Convention Center’s largest meeting space
is nearly 185,000 square feet, while Suntec
Singapore International Convention and
Exhibition Centre boasts 129,120 square
feet for its largest meeting space.
The Lion City’s hotels include the five-star
Grand Hyatt Singapore, The Fullerton Bay
Hotel Singapore, and Parkroyal on Pickering,
Singapore. Other well-known international
brands such as Hard Rock are at home here
at Resorts World Sentosa.
A luxurious property will come on board
later this year with the opening of The
Patina, Capitol Singapore.
Hong Kong is known as Asia’s World
City, noted for its superior meeting infrastructure, award-winning venues, and
unparalleled business professionalism.
The UFI Open Seminar returns to the city
this month, with the Global Association
of the Exhibition Industry taking place at
the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibi-
tion Centre. An iconic part of Hong Kong’s
skyline, the convention center is located
on Victoria Harbor. It is connected to the
world-class Grand Hyatt Hong Kong and
the Renaissance Harbor View Hotel, and
is within walking distance of nearly 6,000
hotel rooms. Another noted property is
the JW Marriott Hong Kong, featuring
over 12,000 square feet of meeting space,
including 15 meeting rooms.
The city’s other primary convention center
is the Asia World-Expo, which is integrated
with the airport. The newly developed Kai
Tai Cruise Terminal is also in line to become
one of the city’s leading MICE venues.
The former Portuguese colony of Macau
combines the rich cultural heritage of the
Macau peninsula, the natural wonders of
the islands of Taipa and Coloane, and the
high-energy entertainment of the Cotai
Strip to create a one-of-a-kind meeting
experience. Sands Cotai Central, an inte-
grated resort complex, boasts 5,800 guest
rooms across three high-end hotels.
Sheraton Macao Hotel, Cotai Central
touts five-star glamour, modern facilities,
and sophisticated service at Sands Cotai
Central. The largest hotel in the city, Shera-
ton Macao features 3,896 guest rooms and
suites and two towers, Sky and Earth. The
property also boasts the 52,646-square-foot
Kashgar Grand Ballroom, three restaurants,
Out of this World
Global destinations are enticing business groups with expansive infrastructure
developments, colorful cultural experiences, and the thrilling opportunity to
expand their meeting horizons all over the world.
Singapore, The Lion City, is roaring with excitement in celebration of its
50th anniversary of independence in 2015. To mark the milestone, the
city is unveiling several new attractions. The National Gallery Singa-pore
is a large new visual arts venue made up of two monumental buildings—
the City Hall and the former Supreme Court. Also, the new Singapore
Sports Hub, which opened in 2014, and its centerpiece, the National
Stadium, are enlivening the Singapore sports scene.
—BY SARAH VEIT AND ALISON GOLUB
The U.S. Virgin Islands