Business Traveller (India)
Experience hassle-free business meetings and events in Singapore
Even though most of international travel is still restricted; Singapore is setting new standards for international business events under its ‘Connect@Singapore' initiative. This initiative aims to support the revival of Singapore’s air hub status and hospitality sector, and facilitate essential business exchanges in the pandemic environment.
Once approved by authorities, business and high economic value travellers from all countries will be able to enter Singapore for shortterm stays of up to 14 days to conduct in-person meetings via the business travel bubble. However, there is a condition to it, and that is to apply online requests in advance on stb.gov.sg.
Recently, Singapore has also announced the opening of a ‘bubble’ hotel and conference facility for non-quarantining business travellers – Connect@Changi – which is located just five minutes from Singapore Changi Airport. Travellers can bypass a 14-day quarantine by staying at this facility, which is designed to offer travellers with all necessities required for a ‘test-stay-work-meet’ travel. Travellers opting for this cannot leave this facility and are required to undergo multiple PCR testing throughout the stay.
This first-of-its-kind Connect@Changi hotel features 150 guestrooms, an indoor courtyard, gym pods, and 40 well-equipped meeting rooms with air-tight glass panels and an advanced ventilation system. By May, Connect@Changi expands to about 660 guestrooms and 170 meeting rooms, which can each seat four to 22 attendees and have floor-to-ceiling glass partitions.
Guests during their stay can download Connect@Changi free mobile application. This allows them to easily book meeting rooms, reserve gym pods, and order meals.
Room tariffs start at S$384 (`20,874) for a 24-hour stay, which includes three meals, round-trip airport transfers, and mandatory Covid-19 tests. connectatchangi.sg
Singapore is also gearing up for The World Economic Forum Special Annual Meeting that is scheduled from August 17-20, 2021. Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum says, “A global leadership summit needs the participation of all global stakeholders. The Special Annual Meeting in Singapore in August will provide the place for leaders from business, government and civil society to come together to address the steps for global recovery.”