MARINA BAY SANDS
10 Bayfront Avenue
Marina Bay Sands Hotel consists of three unique hotel towers crowned by the magnificent Sands SkyPark. With over 2,500 rooms and suites, Marina Bay Sands Hotel is the biggest hotel in Singapore. The rooms offer views of the South China Sea or Marina Bay and the Singapore skyline.
Rooms are limited. Please book your accommodation early for the conference.
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Located in Southeast Asia, Singapore is one of the smallest countries in the world and the smallest in the region. However, despite its humble geographic size, Singapore is a bustling cosmopolitan city of high-rise buildings, landscaped gardens and heritage-rich precincts that embody aspects of both the East and West in many interesting ways.
To find out more about Singapore and all its wonderful possibilities, visit YourSingapore.com
English is the language primarily spoken in Singapore. Mandarin, Malay, Tamil and other local dialects are used as well.
Singapore is known for its hot and humid weather, with little variation throughout the year. The average daytime temperature is 32ºC (90ºF), dropping to around 26ºC (79ºF) in the evenings.
Cell Phone Usage & Prepaid Cards
Singapore’s international dialing code is +(65). Singapore supports dual-band, tri-band, quad-band mobile phones. The prepaid SIM cards in Singapore come in various denominations ranging from S$10 to S$50. There are 3 mobile phone service providers that offer prepaid phone service in Singapore – SingTel, MobileOne (M1) and Starhub.
Prepaid SIM cards in Singapore for any of the three phone companies can be purchased at the following locations:
Retail outlets of Singtel, Starhub, and M1
Cheers Convenience Stores
Since 2006, Singapore government has made the prepaid SIM registration a mandatory requirement. This means the card must be registered under the name of the person who will be using it, in this case you. As a result, you will be required to produce your passport or Singapore ID at the time of buying the prepaid mobile card. Once registered, the card is ready for use immediately.
Tipping is not customary in Singapore. You don't need to worry about paying tip for using any services in Singapore. However, there may be times that you want to reward a waiter or bellhop for providing excellent service. Most restaurants in Singapore add a 10% service charge to the bill so a tip is not expected.
Smoking is considered an offence in all air-conditioned or public areas such as: shopping centers, restaurants, entertainment outlets and cinemas, on the SMRT (Singapore Mass Rapid Transit system), public buses, taxis and in lifts. Recently, the smoking ban has also been imposed on public eateries and within a five-meter radius from most building entrances, except for allocated smoking areas that are clearly marked with bright yellow paint. Starting January 2019, Orchard Road is designated a No Smoking zone.
Singapore’s currency is the Singapore dollar (S$ or SGD). Money changing services can be found at Singapore Changi Airport, shopping centers and hotels around the island. There are also an abundance of automated teller machines (ATMs) which accept most major credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard and American Express.
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.
The most convenient way to get to the city from the airport is by taxi. Taxis are available at the taxi stands at the Arrival levels of each Terminal. The journey to the city is estimated to cost between SG$18.00 and SG$38.00 and takes approximately 30 minutes. Fares are metered and there is additional airport surcharge for all trips originating from the airport. $5 airport surcharge – 5.00pm to 12.00am (Fridays to Sundays) $3 airport surcharge – all other times Midnight surcharge of 50% of final metered fare – 12.00am to 6.00am (daily)
LIMOUSINE TAXIS & LARGE TAXIS
The service uses dedicated taxis to bring you to any destination in Singapore. Please approach the Ground Transport Desks at the Arrival Halls. Rates:
- 4 seater Limousine Taxi – $55.00* per departure (from airport)
- 7 seater Large Taxi – $60.00* per departure (from airport)
*Additional surcharge of $15.00 applies per additional stop. Information posted on this page are correct at time of publishing, but may be subjected to changes. It is recommended that you check with the relevant organisation/authorities for the latest information.
TRAVELLING WITHIN SINGAPORE
Singapore’s MRT (mass rapid transit) system is probably the fastest way to zip around the city. The extensive rail network means that most of Singapore’s key attractions are within walking distance from an MRT station. You can buy tickets for single trips, but if you intend to use the MRT and basic bus services frequently during your visit, you can buy a Singapore Tourist Pass (STP), a special EZ-Link stored-value card which will allow you unlimited travel for one day (S$10), two days (S$16) or three days (S$20). The cards can be bought at the TransitLink Ticket Office at the MRT stations. Singapore’s trains and stations are accessible to wheel chair users and the visually impaired, as well as families with strollers.
Taxis are comfortable and especially handy if you want to go to places not accessible by the bus or MRT. Cabs here are metered, but there may be surcharges depending on when, where and which company’s taxi you board. To get a rough idea of the final fare, check with the driver on the surcharges and ask for a receipt at the end of the trip. You can hail a taxi by the roadside at most places, or by queuing for one at taxi stands found at most shopping malls, hotels and tourist attractions. If you wish to book a cab, you can call a common taxi booking number, 6-DIAL CAB (6342-5222), and your call will be routed to an available taxi company's call centre. You may also wish to download the GRAB App free to book a budget or premium taxi with ease.
Singapore's bus system has an extensive network of routes covering most places in Singapore and is the most economical way to get around, as well as being one of the most scenic. You can pay your bus fare using an EZ-Link stored-value card or the Singapore Tourist Pass (STP), which you tap on the card reader located next to the driver as you board. Do remember to tap your card again, on the reader located at the rear exit, when you alight. You can also pay in cash but you will need to have exact change. Most buses in Singapore have air-conditioning - a welcome comfort in a tropical city.
SINCE2019 recommends international attendees review Singapore’s visa requirements before traveling.
Most foreigners coming into Singapore do not require a visa for entry and may be given social visit passes for up to 30 days upon their arrival in Singapore.
To check if you require a visa, please click here.
If you would like to stay in Singapore for a longer period, you may apply here to the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) upon your arrival.
It is best to consult your local consular office for the latest information with regards to coming into Singapore. If you do require a visa, visit the Singaporean Immigration & Checkpoints Authority here to see all the proper documents required.
You should have a valid passport with at least six months validity, onward or return tickets, onward facilities (such as visas or entry permits) to your next destination, and sufficient funds for your stay in Singapore.
Should you require a visa, please refer to ICA’s website for application procedures.
As with most countries, do note that the possession of a visa does not entitle a visitor to enter Singapore automatically. Visitors must also meet entry requirements such as holding a valid passport, possession of sufficient funds for the period of stay in Singapore and confirmed onward or return air tickets. The grant of a visit pass to a visitor is determined by the ICA Officers at the Singapore checkpoints and each case is considered on its own merits.
If you require a visa to enter Singapore, please follow the proper procedures in the Immigration Checkpoints & Authority’s website here.
If necessary, we can send you an Official Letter of Invitation after you register, which you should include in your application and bring to your visa interview. To request your letter of invitation please contact the secretariat after registering for this event:
Event Secretariat: Ms Wendy Soh