Singapore is one of the world's leading business hubs and a premier destination for business events such as Meetings, Incentive Travel, Conventions and Exhibitions.
Its excellent connectivity, strategic location, world-class infrastructure and congregation of global industry experts and professionals offer business executives and business event organizers opportunities for business and knowledge exchange and the ease and convenience of doing business or organizing an event.
Singapore's excellent air links, network readiness and trade links with key economies connect Singapore to the world, offering a truly international market for the exchange of business opportunities, ideas and products.
Such business and knowledge exchange arise from the concentration of intellectual capital in Singapore particularly in key industries within internationally traded services and manufacturing. The presence of more than 7,000 multinational companies of which more than 4,000 have headquarter operations, government-supported research institutes and universities to develop advanced technologies in growing industries such as biomedical sciences, electronics and precision engineering, and an open policy to attract global talents create the progressive ideas, cutting-edge trends and breakthroughs in these fields.
This reputation as an international business and knowledge hub and our geographic position in the middle of the emerging Southeast Asian markets and the fast-growing economies of China and India, compel professionals from these countries to meet, network and exchange business opportunities with the local and international experts, researchers and business executives in Singapore.
Seeking out business opportunities in Asia has thus never been easier because of this strong Asian business presence in Singapore and because our connectivity provides unique access to Asia. Whether as regional businesses leveraging on Singapore to connect to the world or multinational companies reaching out to Asia from Singapore - our dynamic city with excellent legal, financial and physical infrastructure is your strategic gateway and launchpad to the Asian market and beyond.
Pro-Business & Dynamic Environment
The presence of more than 7,000 companies in Singapore, together with a government supportive of nurturing businesses contributes to a dynamic business environment. The introduction of co-investment and seed funding programmes means that Singapore is an environment in which ideas can be turned into businesses easily and profitably. With English as the main language of business, people from all over the world can easily transact their business deals.
World-Class Venues & Facilities
Singapore offers an excellent range of state-of-the-art convention centres, exhibition halls and meeting venues, to suit a variety of needs and budgets. The Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre and the Singapore Expo are suitable for large scale international exhibitions and conferences. Together with the Raffles City Convention Centre and Waterfront Conference Centre, these venues also offer the convenience of nearby accommodation and dining.
For accommodation options, there are more than gazetted 100 hotels with over 30,000 rooms to choose from. Meeting facilities accommodating 20 to 20,000 are also available.
For other unique off-site venues, many of the attractions in Singapore are also well-equipped to host corporate functions. Venues such as the Singapore Zoo, our museums, national parks, the Merlion Park and Sentosa Island, for example, are popular choices to host dinners or to organise teambuilding activities.
Professionalism & Experience
Singapore prides itself on its efficiency as well as the professional services that the local industry can provide to business events organized here. Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau, together with our industry partners work jointly to provide a customized solution for each particular event. Coupled with Singapore's reputation for its excellent infrastructure and efficiency, event organizers can definitely look forward to a successful business event.
Singapore has hosted some of the world's most prestigious events, including SIBOS 2003, the World Economic Forum 2005, the 117th International Olympic Council Session in 2005 and will be welcoming the 2006 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.
Business events anchored in Singapore include Infocomm Media Business Exchange (imbX) week which includes CommunicAsia and BroadcastAsia, International Furniture Fair Singapore and Food & Hotel Asia.
Strategic Location & Connectivity
Businesses interested in expanding to the Asian region can leverage on Singapore as a strategic and neutral springboard to the region.
Singapore is positioned in the middle of the fast-growing and emerging markets of China, India and Asia-Pacific. In addition, Singapore is easily accessible because of the excellent air links, network and trade agreements.
Business travelers and business events delegates can easily convene in Singapore, with more than 4,000 weekly flights to more than 180 cities world-wide.
Business visitors can benefit from internet and teleconferencing services in many business hotels and convention and exhibition venues. In fact, the Global Information Technology Report (2004-2005) has ranked Singapore as the "Most network ready country in the world".
As a launch pad to the emerging and fast-growing Asian markets, and with our Free Trade Agreements linking us to economic giants such as the United States and European Free Trade Association, businesses gain from market accessibility and lower costs of exporting to key markets.