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BUBBLE MEETINGS

Experience hassle-free business meetings and events in Singapore

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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.”

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