Hotels and Hospitality
Be it for business or leisure, Singapore offers an assortment of fine hotels and serviced residences for world travellers to call home.
As a country known for its lack of natural resources, Singapore has strategically developed tourism as a key economic pillar and this has contributed significantly to the city-state’s success for decades.
This emphasis on tourism has resulted in the creation of an ultramodern cityscape geared at wooing and wowing visitors
with world-class infrastructure and amenities, exciting events, excellent tourist attractions, top-class entertainment, and superb shopping for an unparalleled visitor experience.
In 2012, an estimated 14.4 million visitors arrived in Singapore, adding about S$23 billion to the country’s
economy. By 2015, this figure is projected to swell to 17 million visitor arrivals.
Naturally, this steady stream of tourists needs a place to stay so it’s been boomtown all round in the hotels and
hospitality industry in the past few years especially. According to the Singapore Tourism Board, there are around 52,000
hotel rooms in Singapore, with another 10,000 coming onstream in the next three to four years.
From backpacker inns and budget accommodation to luxury hotels and resorts, Singapore has something to match
every style preference and pocket.
Getting Down to Business
Singapore’s thriving MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) sector has created a great demand for – and
supply of – hotels that target business travellers. The latest of which includes Capri by Fraser, located conveniently near the
Singapore Expo and just five minutes from Changi Airport. Capri by Fraser is perfect for longer-staying travellers as each of the hotel’s 313 spacious studios come equipped with kitchenettes.
Moving towards the city centre, there’s the new PARKROYAL on Pickering, which is strategically situated at the gateway of the city’s Central Business District (CBD). It features a hotel-in-a-garden design concept by internationallyacclaimed local architectural firm WOHA, with lush four-storey tall sky-gardens, reflecting pools, waterfalls, planter terraces, and cascading vertical greenery providing a welcome respite in the “concrete jungle” that is Singapore. Business travellers, especially, will also appreciate that each room comes with complimentary hi-speed Internet connectivity while other room categories feature Nespresso coffee machines and designer ergonomic chairs.
Another preferred choice of discerning business travellers, scott Raffles Place Singapore lies in the heart of the CBD. The luxurious serviced residence features all the creature comforts of a fully-equipped home, matched with award-winning hospitality.
Sitting on the fringe of the CBD is Carlton Hotel Singapore, which has undergone a revamp in recent years and now flaunts contemporary architecture and a new Premier Wing featuring rooms with high-speed wireless Internet and a Herman Miller chair that provides corporate travellers with the highest level of comfort as they work.
Similarly, Pan Pacific Singapore captures the hearts of visitors here on business with a superb location close to the CBD, as well as an S$80 million facelift and new features such as a seamless check-in experience for guests: just have a seat at the bar and enjoy a drink while the hotel staff handles the check-in via an iPad.