Nearly half of the world’s population resides in the Asia Pacific region, which is why Australian Associations are so keen to look beyond their domestic market and tap into such a large network. As a hub for the Asia Pacific, Singapore is well placed to offer Associations the perfect meetings destination from which to engage with the region.
With over 260 weekly flights from Australia to Singapore by both full-service and low cost carriers, it’s easier to get there than ever, and once you’re there you’d be amazed at how far your dollar can go.
In the third of our four-part series on how Singapore can help Association meeting planners, we look at five creative activities that won’t break the budget.
Singapore is the region’s shopping mecca, but you don’t have to go to Orchard Road to satisfy your urge to splurge. Instead you could head to Singapore’s largest recurring creative marketplace – MAAD Flea. The monthly market held on Fridays showcases the city’s booming creative talents. It’s free entry and there are live music and performances to boot.
The Esplanade isn’t just for big-ticket events, it’s also the place to go to catch free concerts. Performances run across every conceivable art form, from singers and actors to the visual arts and there is something on almost every week. Check out their website to see what’s on.
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city along the Southern Ridges, a 10km trail connecting Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Hill Park, HortPark, Kent Ridge Park and Labrador Nature Reserve. It’s worth it for the Henderson Waves section alone, a wave-like bridge that is more like modern sculpture. Other highlights of the Southern Ridges include the Forest Walk and Canopy Walk where you can see a rich variety of flora and fauna and observe birds in their natural habitat. It’s free and open from 7am to 7pm.
With plenty of Associations heading to Singapore from the medical and research sector it makes perfect sense to see how the Singaporeans do healthcare with this behind-the scenes tour of one of their top hospitals. The 590-bed general and acute care Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) opens its doors to groups up to 28 interested in learning about KTPH’s philosophies of care, management principles and environment-friendly initiatives. Built in 2010, the hospital building has also garnered numerous awards for its green and energy efficient design.
Environmental sustainability is a growing trend, with many Associations looking to tap into Singapore’s expertise on all things green. One place to find inspiration is Singapore’s ground-breaking Zero Energy Building (ZEB), which served as a test bed for integration of green building technologies in existing buildings. Located within the BCA Academy, ZEB is retrofitted from an existing building using a combination of green building technology, clever building design that takes advantages of natural ventilation and lighting, and solar energy to produce enough energy to run itself. Find out more about this fascinating project on a guided tour of ZEB.