Vision and foresight paying off

PUBLISHED : Friday, 24 September, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 24 September, 2010, 12:00am

Resorts World Sentosa and Marina Bay Sands have raised the stakes for the Mice industry in Asia-Pacific. Not only have the integrated resorts transformed Singapore, drawing more tourism and Mice arrivals - there is another trump card: political stability.

The city has seen six straight months of record growth in visitor arrivals, according to the Singapore Tourism Board. More choices mean delegates at Resorts World Sentosa can visit the first Universal Studios in Southeast Asia and dine at restaurants led by celebrity chefs.

Added to this, there is Singapore's famed orderliness which, in the case of meetings and incentive travel, is proving a winner. Political turmoil in Bangkok this year diverted much business traffic to neighbouring destinations, such as Singapore, with hotels benefiting from corporate meeting groups of the IT and pharmaceutical sectors.

Singapore's infrastructure helped woo delegates, while affordability and convenience were big drawcards. Both resorts emphasise easy access to the commercial and leisure districts, good airport connections, transport and new casinos.

The first night-time Formula One Grand Prix sold out and hotels clocked up good occupancy rates.

Meritus Hotels & Resorts CEO Michael Sengol has been at the centre of Singapore's Mice visitor bonanza. 'The recently resuscitated Singapore Grand Prix is a case in point of how much pull such an event has for visitors,' he says.

Sengol says Singapore continues to evolve due to the government's 'vision and foresight ... with major development initiatives under way to address the challenges of tomorrow'.

Singapore is also wooing meetings and incentive travel organisers with new venues such as Hort Park, Marina Barrage, St Regis Singapore and Capella Hotel.