Prevue November/December 2010 - (Page 52)

wANtS yOu tO kNOw thEy’vE mAdE A fEw chANGES lAtEly [on location] daVid MaRtin SINGAPORE A city, a country, an island—Singapore is a singular destination where East meets West and the modern world rubs shoulders with the past. The beauty here is how the city-state balances these oftentimes antipolar ideals and promulgates them to the global meetings industry by incorporating venues of incomparable historical gravitas with the new and outrageously futuristic. In a community of five million people comprised of Chinese, Indian and Malay cultures, with over 40% of them expats, Singapore’s ability to bring together such disparate elements makes it the ultimate meetings melting pot. Or wok, rather. “Singapore is a lush tropical island that is located at the crossroads of the East-West trading routes in the heart of Asia,” says Pieter Idenburg, CEO of the Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre, one of the largest exhibit spaces in Singapore. “It is equipped with the best of modern infrastructure, a world-class airport, sophisticated financial services, first-class hotels and fabulous food.” And during a recent trip this summer, it seemed to be getting even more world-class, first-class and fabulous. ROOFTOP POOL OF THE CENTURY There are very few meeting planners in the world who don’t want to organize an event on top of the newly opened $5.5 billion Marina Bay Sands Singapore, a glimmering 2,560-room hotel, convention center and casino. It has singlehandedly reshaped the Singapore skyline with its SkyPark—a multipurpose cantilevered roofdeck extending over three football fields in length, perched over three 55-story towers overlooking Singapore’s harbor. If you 52 | prevue magazine

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Prevue November/December 2010

Dolce Hayes Mansion, CA
ARIA, Las Vegas
Starwood Lux, Merida
San Antonio/Philly/Vegas
Crowne Plaza, Trinidad
Florida Faves
Gansevoort Miami Beach
Ocean Reef Club, Key Largo
HIlton Bonnet Creek, Orlando
Culture + Creativity
La Cote D'Azur
Culture 2011

Prevue November/December 2010