By Paige Lee Pei Qi, Assistant Editor, TTG Asia Media
With the rising number of people traveling for business, and especially with the millennial and Gen Z workforce, there are growing numbers looking to get the more out of those trips by extending them for leisure.
These business travellers are warming up to the idea that a work trip can double as a holiday, leading to the growing popularity of “bleisure” trips that combine business with leisure. According to a Carlson Wagonlit Travel, one in five business travellers extend their stay for leisure.
With Singapore’s diverse offerings for the ultimate combination for business and leisure, it’s hardly surprising to see the country emerging as one of the top cities in Asia as a ‘bleisure’ destination, according to a report by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) called ‘The 2019 Bleisure Barometer’.
Singapore scored highly, topping in aspects like transportation, food and beverage and overall business aspects.
Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) naturally emerged as one of the leading players in Singapore for its capability to integrate business and leisure, offering a holistic experience in one lifestyle destination.
Most recently, RWS played host to an outstanding number of events, clearly displaying its capability to provide the full suite of both state-of-the-art and unconventional meeting venues while offering unrivalled options for fun and play.
With the resort’s flexible convention centre that allowed for the ballroom to be converted into multiple flexible spaces, delegates at the IBM Cloud Fast Start were promised a smooth and seamless experience as they transited between the programmes.
There couldn’t have been a more fitting venue than the Maritime Experiential Museum, which hosted the inaugural World Congress on Maritime Heritage 2019.
This museum, which welcomed a diverse global array of maritime constituent groups, institutions, and stakeholders during the congress, is the only one of its kind in Singapore dedicated to the exploration of the iconic Maritime Silk Route. Housing a total of 15 immersive galleries, the venue was perfect for work and play.
Showcasing RWS’s capabilities in hosting top-tier and large-scale experiential events, RWS also earlier welcomed 3,500 delegates from the Amway India Incentive Movement for a highly-customised five-day programme in 2018.
Delegates indulged in luxurious hotel stays, engaged in seminars and programmes at the state-of-the-art Resorts World Ballroom and experienced adrenaline rush at Adventure Cove Waterpark.
Every aspect of the itinerary was meticulously customised: from a senior Amway representative making a grand speedboat entrance at Universal Studios Singapore’s WaterWorld live-action show, an ‘underwater’ VIP dinner amongst 100,000 animals at S.E.A. Aquarium, to the column-free ballroom with 270-degree projection and specially-fitted rotating stage for an immersive theatrical experience.
As an affirmation of its leadership in delivering outstanding MICE events, RWS clinched the award for Best Meetings/Incentives Organiser at the recent Singapore Tourism Awards 2019 with this outstanding event – which clearly hit the ball out of the park.
The inaugural Skift Forum Asia was successfully held at Resorts World Sentosa’s Equarius Hotel in May 2019. The event was part of the prominent Skift Global Forum, dubbed the “TED Talks of Travel”, which gathered over 400 high-level executives and industry trailblazers to redefine the future of travel.
HIGHLIGHTS IN THE LIMELIGHT
Delegates engaged with the travel trade’s most insightful thought leaders – including those from Singapore Airlines, Google, Airbnb and more. Taking the event by storm was 10-year-old Octa founder Zara Khanna, who introduced herself on stage as the creator of chatbot Octa, and won the hearts and minds of other influential leaders at the event.
Skift’s colours, black and yellow, featured prominently throughout the event, from the Equarius Hotel waterfall, right down to staff uniforms, as well as floral and soft decorations. Even the dining areas carried customised Skift cushions and lightboxes. As a surprise, divers unfurled a celebratory banner underwater during the opening reception held at the S.E.A. Aquarium!
This inaugural Asian edition also immersed delegates in authentic Asian fare and street food experiences. The event kicked off in a most mesmerising way on 26 May, when guests enjoyed a lovingly-customised menu showcasing the best of our kitchens and elaborate ocean-themed desserts by the acclaimed Chef Kenny Kong. On 27 May, guests tucked into an exotic Southeast Asian spread, which included Teh Tarik and snacks from a picturesque Malaysian “provision shop”. The Southeast-Asia-style “Attap houses” which served as live stations for treats like Popiah, Kweh Pie Tee, Bak Kut Teh and Claypot Rice were also immensely popular among the international crowd!
LUXURY IN EACH DETAIL
To better facilitate conversations among the most influential of travelers, the Asian dishes were exquisitely plated and served bite-size.
Resorts World Sentosa is proud to be the strategic Venue Partner for the inaugural island edition of Singapore MICE Forum 2019 (SMF2019). Bringing together leading global minds, SMF2019: Wired for The Future promises a focused discussion on how design as well as digital and community engagement are becoming cornerstones of business success.
Join us at Resorts World Sentosa as we reinvent the business events industry.
An eight-time winner of the Best Integrated Resort in Asia and the Best Meetings/Incentive Organiser at the 2019 Singapore Tourism Awards, Resorts World Sentosa is home to five world-class attractions, six unique theme hotels, an impressive collection of award-winning dining experiences.
The Travel Weekly Asia Readers’ Choice Award is returning this year with a total of 55 awards. Vote for Resorts World Sentosa to be the “Best Integrated Resort - Asia Pacific” by 23 August 2019, 23:59.