Iconic Singapore venues get makeover

by Cheryl Tay

To further boost the appeal of Singapore's hospitality sector, particularly the meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE) segment, various event spaces have been refurbished or are undergoing renovations.

According to the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), notable makeovers include Pan Pacific Singapore (pictured) and Singapore Marriott Hotel, which saw their most extensive renovations.

Specifically, Singapore Marriott Hotel launched its US$29 million (S$35.69 million) revamp in May 2012. Fresh features include two new room categories targeting business and leisure travellers, as well as an all-new F&B concept dubbed Java+.

Over at Pan Pacific Singapore, the highlight of their renovation is the 360-degree-view Pacific Club on the 38th floor.

Meanwhile, Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore's all-new floating pods are touted as the first and only custom-built event space directly located on Marina Bay. They are designed for exclusive occasions such as intimate celebrations and boardroom meetings. Notably, each pod comes with an attached bathroom, automatic blinds, built-in sound system and a 55-inch HDTV.

On the other hand, Suntec Singapore has been undergoing a US$147 million (S$180.91 million) modernization program since mid-2012. This involves the redesign of the Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Centre. Interesting additions include a modernized façade, a double-story interactive digital wall and venues suitable for simultaneous events.

Singapore Expo now boasts a new meetings facility dubbed Max Atria, unveiled in March 2012. The 136,702 sq ft complex can accommodate up to 3,500 people across 32 column-free rooms, spacious foyers, rooftop and garden courtyard.

Furthermore, the business district's Marina Bay Cruise Centre Singapore (MBCCS) was opened on 22 October 2012 and is touted as a unique venue for meetings, gala dinners and launch events.Cheryl Tay, Editor of CommericalGuru, wrote this story. To contact her about this or other stories, email cheryltay@allproperty.com.sg Related Stories:Mohammed Sultan Road shophouse up for grabs GIC acquires PGA West, La Quinta Resort & Club CDL H-REIT acquires first Maldives resort

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