Located in Southeast Asia, Singapore has a land area of about 710 square kilometres, making her one of the smallest countries in the world and the smallest in the region – hence the moniker “The Little Red Dot”. Although small in size, Singapore commands an enormous presence in the world today with its free trade economy and highly efficient workforce. Also, her strategic location in the region has enabled her to become a central sea port along major shipping routes. If you’re going to be in town for business, be the ultimate go-getter and make the most of your time to discover what Singapore has to offer. From scrumptious dining to one-of-a-kind shopping to heart-thumping entertainment and more, you’ll find there’s plenty to immerse in while in Singapore.
Singapore’s Population, language and culture
At present, Singapore’s population stands at about five million people, with English as the main language of instruction, and a mother tongue for each major ethnicity. One of the distinctly Singaporean things you’ll notice on our island is a ubiquitous collage of cultures. Coming together as a society and living in harmony, there are four major races – namely the Chinese (majority), Malays, Indians and Eurasians. Each community offers a different perspective of life in Singapore in terms of culture, religion, food and language.
Singapore is warm and humid all year round. The daily temperature averages around 28 degrees Celsius. Abundant rainfall can be expected during the monsoon seasons from December to March and from June to September.
Tipping is not widely practiced in Singapore as most hotels and restaurants apply a default 10% service charge.
Smoking is prohibited in all air-conditioned areas (e.g. shopping centres, restaurants, cinemas, public buses, MRT, taxis, lifts), common corridors, void decks, and staircases within residential buildings, outdoor hospital compounds, as well as a 5-metre radius from any entrance/exit and bus shelter.
To enjoy a refund on the 7% Goods and Services Tax (GST) paid on your purchases, you need to make at least S$100 worth of purchases from participating outlets which display a “Tax Refund” logo or a Global Blue “Tax Free Shopping” logo. Request for a refund voucher upon purchase, which you should present with your purchases, receipts and passport at the Tax Refund Counter of the airport before you fly off. More information can be found at the Tourist Refund Scheme page on the Singapore Customs website at www.customs.gov.sg.
Nationals from a wide majority of countries do not require visas for social visits of a 30-day duration provided they are in possession of recognised and valid travel documents, adequate funds and return or onward tickets. For a list of countries which will require a visa to enter Singapore, please visit http://www.ica.gov.sg/page.aspx?pageid=96.
Changi Airport is a major air hub in Asia. Serving more than 100 international airlines flying to some 300 cities in about 70 countries and territories worldwide. The airport, with its three terminals, is the world’s sixth busiest and it is consistently acknowledged as one of the world’s best. Over 480 global accolades have been awarded to Singapore Changi Airport, including numerous Best Airport awards.
Getting to MBS
Marina Bay Sands is situated at 10 Bayfront Avenue, and is also accessible by vehicle via Sheares Avenue. From Changi Airport, you can reach us in a 20-minute direct drive along the East Coast Parkway (ECP) expressway, which leads directly into Sheares Avenue across the Benjamin Sheares Bridge.
Marina Bay Sands is linked directly to CE1/DT16 Bayfront Station on the Circle Line and Downtown Line of Singapore's Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) train system.
MRT services to/from Bayfront Station operate daily from (approximately) 6:00am to 12:00am midnight. Visit the TransitLink Journey Planner to learn today's MRT service schedules to Bayfront Station.
Appointed Official Hotel
Located at the venue of SCB Asia 2019, Marina Bay Sands is the appointed official hotel of the event. All registered overseas participants of SCB Asia 2019 can enjoy the special room rates secured by the Organisers. Kindly download the room reservation form here and return the completed form together with a copy of your confirmed visitor registration email to email@example.com.
Other Green Hotels
In addition, the Organiser partner with other green hotels to offer more accommodation options to suit the different budgetary needs of our visitors. Find out more in the link here.
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