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destination guide for employee rewards 2011 - 2012 Featuring: + Corporate escapades + Singapore MICE sizzles
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Biz travel behaviours need tweaking More companies are starting to cut back on their corporate travel spending in anticipation of the global economic slowdown. For instance, employees at Europe’s largest bank, HSBC, have been instructed to reduce travel and become more savvy in shopping for flights and rooms. “It’s just going to be getting tougher out there,” said Lee Whiteing, the London-based bank’s travel and company-car manager for
Europe, the Middle East and Africa, in a Bloomberg report. “We’re going to continue to need to look to drive down the amount of travel. We’re constantly looking at ways of economising and doing things smarter.” According to the International Air Transport Association, there’s evidence of a permanent shift toward business people travelling economy class. Travel companies are urging businesses to change certain travel behaviours rather than forgo business travel altogether. They say that travel budgets shouldn’t be viewed as a soft target for cuts and that a reduction in face-to-face interactions comes with a cost. For instance, Whiteing suggested that employees who traditionally arrange meetings and then book flights and rooms should check out the cost of travel first, and then tailor their trips to match cheaper times or those occasions when they can combine more than one visit.
Travel prices going up
Prices in most geographic areas and for most categories of spend are expected to rise in 2012, with the most substantial increases to occur in the booming Latin America region. According to the 2012 Travel Price Forecast by Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), a business travel, meetings and events management company, airline pricing in that region is expected to increase by about 5.8% in 2012, with increases in Colombia topping the charts at 7.9%-11.4%. This is primarily due to rapidly increasing demand and limited supply in the region. The report found that the Asia Pacific AUSTRALIA (APAC) market is thriving, leading the way in many economic indicators and correspondingly, in business travel volumes. While technology generally benefits businesses and increases opportunities for However, APAC travel prices will be flatter collaboration- it has become a threat for Australia’s MICE market. in 2012 on a quarter-overAccording to the recently released 2010 State of the Business Events quarter basis, given that Industry report, “although evolving communications technology was the region was not as being used to enhance the meeting experience and extend audiences, affected by the economic Average annual salary of a typical some smaller corporate events were being replaced by technologydownturn as other parts business traveller in the US enabled alternatives.” of the world, and has (Source: CreditDonkey, a credit card “With growing concerns about the cost of business travel and the already been experiencing comparison website) carbon footprint that is generated along with further advances in strong growth rates communications technology, it is very important for the business events throughout 2011. sector to be acutely aware of the implications of technology,” the report said. CWT forecasts airline pricing in APAC to The report also found that 2010 saw 25% more Australians head overseas to attend a increase by 3.1-3.8% in 2012 as a dynamic conference or convention than foreigners who came to Australia for the same purpose. mix of legacy airlines and a growing group of International arrivals climbed to 820,000 in 2010, up from 758,000 the previous year, with low-cost carriers compete for travellers, New Zealand continuing to be holding down fares in the region. Australia’s number one source market Average daily hotel rates in APAC will despite a four per cent dip across the range from a 1.9% decrease to a 2.1% increase Tasman region. in the first half of 2012, and a 0.9% decrease “Australia’s business meetings in to remaining flat for the second half of the 2010 were above the levels achieved in year. APAC’s business hubs currently boast 2009 but the increase was not sufficient the highest occupancy rates in the world, to recover all of the ground lost which will present travellers with continued compared to 2008,” the report said. challenges in securing available rooms.
Technology: boon or bane
Parking is top amenity need for business travellers
Seoul voted Best Business Travel City in 2011
Agents and hotels that aim to attract business travellers ought to include amenities such as transport, Wi-Fi and flexible check-in and out capabilities into their packages. The Egencia/GBTA Corporate Travel Policy study revealed that parking was the amenity most likely to be reimbursed (76%), followed by internet access (70%) and transport to and fro from the hotel (51%). Early and late check-ins were also likely to be reimbursed, at 28% and 25% respectively. Other attractive amenities that scored well were breakfast, ironing services and bottled water. On the other end of the spectrum, less than 10% of employers would be happy to pay for mini bar purchases, fitness centre fees or entertainment at hotels. When it comes to air travel, the majority of companies would pay for baggage fees (73%), with 51% willing to cover itinerary changes and 30% who would pay for in-flight meals. In-flight Wi-Fi and priority boarding would likely be reimbursed by 19% of buyers, with in-flight entertainment and alcohol registering 5% or less.
The city of Seoul in South Korea has been announced as the “Best Business Travel MICE City” at the 22nd Annual TTG Travel Awards in October. Receiving the award on behalf of Seoul was Seoul Convention Bureau vice-president Maureen O’Crowley, who expressed the city’s pleasure over the acknowledgement of its efforts. “Seoul is very proud to receive this prestigious award. It is very gratifying to receive recognition by the industry for all the hard work the city has undertaken to promote Seoul’s assets to the world,” she said. The award follows the recent announcement of Seoul’s current Union of International Associations (UIA) ranking, a marked improvement from 2009, with the city hosting 201 international meetings in 2010, compared to 151 the previous year. The Seoul Convention Bureau has been aggressively marketing the city as a prime destination for business tourism by steadily increasing its presence at global industry trade shows and congresses. The annual TTG Travel Awards, presented by TTG Publishing, recognises and honours the finest luminaries in Asia-Pacific’s travel industry. Every year, a city is selected for the “Best BT MICE City” award for outstanding efforts in promoting that city as a business events destination.
MICE sector increasingly important in ASEAN The meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) sector is becoming increasingly important as Asian economies continue to experience buoyant growth. Hilton Worldwide’s president of Global Brands & Commercial Services, Paul Brown made this observation during his keynote address at the ITB Asia 2011. “According to Union of International Associations data, the share of meetings in Asia has grown from 13% to almost 25% of all meetings globally,” he was quoted as saying in a Bernama report. Brown added that meeting planners had always been strong partners for the hotel industry and that partnerships continued to grow as the MICE sector developed further. Commenting on the uncertain economic environment , he said, there “may be dark clouds in the horizon”, but they could also be a “silver lining”. Hilton Worldwide did not see a drop in forward group bookings for meetings and incentives with a 6 -12 month lead time, compared to the same period last year, Brown said. “In fact, we are up year-on-year.”
Qatar woos biz travellers with social media Qatar is encouraging its tourism and hospitality sector to utilise the latest e-marketing and social media technologies to spread its message and grow its business. The Qatar Tourism Authority recently organised a workshop to highlight the importance of e-marketing and using social networking tools including Facebook, foursquare, Twitter and Linkedin to boost sales and bookings, reported C&IT. Attendees at the workshop learnt how to engage through social media and the internet as well as iPad and iPhone applications. They were given a number of successful case studies where digital tools have been used to garner more exposure, including Australia and more recently South Africa during the 2010 World Cup. Participants were also educated on the finer points of web design, content and management.
Make Space for Possibilities S
ingapore’s largest MICE venue, Singapore EXPO Convention and Exhibition Centre, boasts 10 purpose-built halls measuring 100,000sqm that are ideal for conventions and tradeshows. Additionally, EXPO has numerous conference halls, meeting rooms and outdoor event spaces for other business and special events.
of the city. Some 8,000 sq. m. of space spread across 32 new rooms, along with six refurbished conference halls and three meeting rooms, will be complemented by spacious foyers and a breathtaking rooftop, making MAX Atria ideal for a multitude of business and special events, including banquets, cocktail receptions, conferences, light exhibitions, + Singapore EXPO Convention meetings, and product launches. and Exhibition Centre Singapore Expo, 1 Expo Drive, MAX Atria - Conventions Redefined Fitted with modern AV, lighting and #01-01, Singapore 486150 By early 2012, EXPO will feature an enhanced technical capabilities and supported by a + Email: firstname.lastname@example.org/ convention wing, MAX Atria, where stuffy business dedicated events team that takes pride in email@example.com events will be a thing of the past. Designed to bring delivering quality experiences, MAX + Tel: 65 6403 2160 nature “inside” and take meetings “outside”, MAX Atria is also Singapore Building & + Web: www.singaporeexpo.com.sg/ Atria will incorporate lush green elements that will Construction Authority Green Mark www.maxatria.com.sg harness the enlivening power of nature to inspire minds Platinum-certified, having incorporated and stimulate business discussions and networking. internationally recognised best practices in Event organisers can look forward to an oasis-like environmental design and building performance. experience that will make meetings meaningful and Experience a refreshing concept in conference and rewarding for all participants, without the distractions meeting spaces at MAX Atria, where discussions 1 9/22/11and7:58 PM associatedMAX withAtria-Brain_119.5mmx186mm_HRM.ai the bright lights and bustling sounds negotiations become a rejuvenating breeze.
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Jet off to three new destinations with SilkAir
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ancy a dip in Koh Samui’s clear blue inviting waters? How about some factory outlet shopping or a round of golf in cool Bandung? Or perhaps a visit to Changsha, to visit Chairman Mao Zedong’s birthplace? SilkAir customers can now fly to these three destinations, which are the latest offerings in the airline’s network. Flights to Koh Samui were launched on 27 September, while Bandung and Changsha services began on 11 October and 31 October 2011 respectively. The Koh Samui flights operate on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday; Bandung flights are on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday and Changsha flights are on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. SilkAir’s Chief Executive, Mr Marvin Tan said, “We are truly excited to see our network expanding further. Asia looks set for further growth and SilkAir, as the regional wing of Singapore Airlines, is well placed to meet the rising demand for air travel in the region.” Inclusive of its Singapore hub, the destinations that SilkAir serves span Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. SilkAir customers can also look forward to a suite of services intended to enhance passengers’ convenience and onboard experience. As a full service airline, SilkAir offers amongst others, Internet check-in with seat selection, a standard baggage allowance of 30kg and 20kg for Business Class and Economy Class passengers respectively, delicious inflight meals
and access to KrisFlyer and PPS Club memberships. KrisFlyer is Singapore Airlines’ Frequent Flyer Programme, of which SilkAir is a partner, while the PPS Club is reserved for frequent travelers on SilkAir’s Business Class or Singapore Airlines’ premium classes. For customers tempted to visit Koh Samui, be enthralled by the beautiful white sandy beaches and coral reefs that can be found on the island. Koh Samui is the perfect jump off point for explorations to two sensational island getaways: Koh Phangan, just 20 kilometres north of Koh Samui is known for its “Full Moon Party”, a beach event held monthly on the nights with a full moon; as well as Koh Tao, also called “Turtle Island” for its shape, located some 40 kilometres northwest of Koh Phangan. For some shopping and cheap massage, head on down to Chaweng Beach. Famous for its cool climate, Bandung has a number of attractive factory outlets, lush golf courses and intriguing natural attractions such as the Tangkuban Perahu volcano crater and the Kawah Putih volcano lake. Meanwhile, Changsha, the capital city of Hunan province in south-central China, is famous for its culinary delights and is the gateway to the picturesque city of Zhangjiajie, located on the border of Hunan province. Within this city lies the Wulingyuan Scenic Area, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992 for its unique sandstone pillars, pristine waters, lush vegetation and a variety of flora and fauna. All-in fares to Koh Samui, Bandung and Changhsa start from SGD 388, SGD 328 and SGD 678 respectively. Sales period is from 1 October 2011 to 31 March 2010. Travel period is from 1 October 2011.
profile ShaSa Resort & Residences
The Biggest Reward on Koh Samui S
haSa Resort & Residences, an international award-winning 5-star boutique beach hotel offers the largest suites on Koh Samui. Its smallest suite is a spacious 120 sq. m. ShaSa is located on a hillside that gently slopes towards the pristine Laem Set Beach. Every suite comes with a massive balcony, and guests can indulge in group activities at the resort’s cascading pools with a perfect sea view as the backdrop. ShaSa is a member of the prestigious Preferred Hotel Group. Earlier this year, it won an award for New Small Hotel Construction & Design Thailand at the International Hotel Awards. In addition to landscapes and grand
33 Units (32 Suites and 1 Pool Villa)
» One-Bedroom Seaview Suites (start from 120 sqm) » Two-Bedroom Seaview Suites (start from 132 sqm) » Three-Bedroom Seaview Suites (start from 164 sqm) » Beachfront Pool Villa (at 320 sqm)
» Private balcony with panoramic ocean view » Fully-equipped kitchen with high-quality kitchenware
suites that lure beach lovers, ShaSa offers exceptional service with delicately placed details to pamper guests. These include in-suite guitars, kitchen appliances and utensils as well as free Wi-Fi throughout the resort. + ShaSa Resort & Residences 116/1 Moo 2 Tambon Mared, Laem Set, Koh Samui, Surat Thani, 84310, Thailand + General Manager: Chawalit Rungsirinatee + Tel: +66 77 913 888 + Main: +66 77 913 889 + Email: firstname.lastname@example.org + Web: www.shasahotels.com
» Hotplate, oven and microwave » Full-sized refrigerator » Dining table accommodating up to 8 persons » Washer/Dryer » King size bed with Egyptian cotton sheets » Wi-Fi access » iPod docking station » Air conditioning with individual control panel » Oversized bathtub » Ceiling fans in living and balcony » International direct dial phone service » Complimentary coffee and tea » Hair dryer
» Personal safe deposit box » Complimentary guitar, Wii and Play Station 3 upon availability
Services & Facilities:
» Specially-designed hydrotherapy pool » Two freeform swimming pools » Sea-view gym with private locker rooms » Wi-Fi access in public areas and in-room service » Fully-equipped ‘Kids Club’ » Laundry and dry-cleaning » Water sports » Restaurant » Pool bar » Top spa services and products » Sauna
Beyond the Sea
This Siamese Brasserie is available for all-day dining. Guests can expect rich Thai cuisine for dinner and it is the only restaurant famous for Thai Tapas in Samui. Beyond the Sea can also convert into a vintage bar during late nights.
Rich Thai cuisine, Thai Tapas and Western cuisine
escapades What better way to reward employees for a job well done than planning a quick getaway for them to unwind and relax? There are many possibilities for corporate retreats in Asia, with hotels offering a variety of accommodation, specially-organised gala dinners and sight-seeing activities to suit different budgets. HRM looks at the hottest destinations in the region By Shalini Shukla-Pandey
hen we think of employee incentives, we think of trips to beach resorts, teambuilding activities at camps or a simple lunch treat by the boss. How about ‘thinking outside of the box’?
Skiing and golfing are unique activities that companies can build into their incentive travel itineraries. These types of activities have become a new trend in terms of incentive programmes, says Lily Aubry, assistant marketing manager, Club Med Services Pte Ltd. “Ski resorts are now being increasingly chosen as the destination for employees’ incentive trips, especially Sahoro in Japan and Yabuli in China,” Aubry says. “At the same time, some resorts in exotic destinations like Turkey and France are also showing an increase in demand.” A fabulous combination of quality powder snow and glorious sunshine, complete with picturesque slopes, makes for the perfect ski and snowboard paradise at Club Med Sahoro Resort. Your staff can also enjoy a wide range of après-ski activities there – for skiers and non-skiers alike – snow tracking, ice skating, and even take in breath-taking scenery from a horse-drawn carriage.
Awards & accolades Ria Bintan Golf Club has made it to the official ranking of the Top 100 golf courses published by Golf Digest magazine. Ria Bintan Golf Club also clinched the winner for Best Golf Course in Indonesia in the Asian Golf Monthly Awards 2010.
Whether your staff are skiers, snowboarders, snow walkers or first-timers, qualified instructors will take them through their paces at Club Med’s ski school. There are 17 ski trails on Sahoro Mountain – nine for beginners; three for intermediate and five for advanced skiers. An extra bonus is that there is little or no waiting time for the gondolas and lifts. Club Med Yabuli Resort is yet another winter wonderland for great skiing. The resort offers 18 ski runs including five newly-opened blue slopes for intermediate skiers. The resort is also equipped with the new ‘magic carpet’ at the top of the mountain, which enables even beginners to ski at the top of the mountain, overlooking a spectacular view of the region. If golfing is your employees’ cup of tea, Ria Bintan Golf Club is the place to be. The golf resort has seen a healthy number of golf aficionados year-onyear. This can be attributed to the allure of its award-winning golf courses such as the 18-hole Ocean Course and the 18-hole Forest Course, and its first class service. The 36-hole championship golf course was designed by Gary Player, a nine-time major winner with 24 other tournament victories on the PGA Tour. issue 11.11
Eagle Room - Ria Bintan
“With our newly-built Golf Lodge, we are now expecting further growth of over 15% mainly from our corporate retreat customers,” says Ricky Yeo, sales and marketing manager, Ria Bintan Golf Club. The resort’s main attraction is the Team Building Golf Challenge. This package caters to golfers and non-golfers alike, whereby a golf instructor will equip participants with basic knowledge and skills. Leveraging on each other’s strengths in teams of 4–6, participants then complete the challenge through interaction and strategising, conquering each hole and meeting novelty challenges in the course of the game. The team that works out the best strategies on how to play and achieve the best scores will emerge as the champion. “This is also an opportunity to experience seeing and walking on a golf course even without a golf handicap card, for those who are entirely new to golf,” says Yeo. While being predominantly a golf resort, there’s something to do for everyone at Ria Bintan Golf Club. For instance, non-golfers can choose to experience massage and spa treatments, sing karaoke, play billiards and card games, have a sunset buggy ride on the scenic golf course, or simply commune with nature on the jungle trail.
Planning with ease
Pool Table Room - Ria Bintan
Rent-a-resort How does exclusive use of any Club Med Resort in over 80 idyllic destinations around the world sound? This one-of-a-kind concept puts the entire resort – staff and resort facilities included – at your company’s sole disposal. An all-inclusive, fully customised package that covers accommodation, meals, conference facilities, teambuilding and sporting activities, and nightly entertainment can be created to meet your specific requirements when you Rent-A-Resort. You have complete freedom and flexibility in choosing when and where meals will be served, the type of sports or leisure activities to conduct, where to host your functions, and the kind of entertainment you would like. You can even rename the resort while you are there by using your company name or conference theme; it’s your resort and it is entirely up to you. “Your group will surely enjoy a company incentive that they will remember for many years down the road,” says Lily Aubry, assistant marketing manager, Club Med Services Pte Ltd.
HR not only has to come up with interesting incentive ideas, it also needs to be assured of convenience and flexibility when planning these escapades for staff. These resorts pride themselves as being one-stop shops. For instance, when it comes to ferry bookings, checking-in of golf bags, as well as express immigration clearance upon arrival at Bintan, everything’s a breeze with Ria Bintan Golf Club’s premium convenient no-fuss service. Golf bags are also sent directly to the buggies, waiting for their owners before tee off. This effective service also translates into the way the resort tailor-makes its programmes for clients. “From motivational speakers, to outdoor adventurous games or an evening of a gala
dinner filled with music, entertainers and dancers – we will make it happen for a client,” says Yeo. With over 80 resorts located in the most beautiful locations worldwide, Club Med also caters to different companies with a variety of retreat packages based on the myriad of demands. “We offer allinclusive packages including accommodation, all-day dining, open bar and snacking, sports and leisure activities, evening entertainment, conference rooms and facilities, and customised events,” says Aubry. “In addition, excursion trips to explore the local culture can also be organised at an extra cost.” Club Med’s Asian resorts are divided into beach, golf and ski resorts, allowing companies to truly cater to the needs of their staff when it comes to planning an incentive trip for them. Depending on the request from a company, Club Med can provide different programmes, such a tree-top walk in Club Med Cherating. ‘All-inclusive’ at Club Med literally means there are no hidden costs or surprises for HR later. As a ‘one-stop shop’ – Club Med ensures all is provided for: airfares, transfers, comfortable accommodation, gourmet food and beverages, functions, on-site activities, and excursions. A dedicated Account Executive is also assigned to you from the start and right to the end of your event. Club Med All-Inclusive packages will allow HR to better control their budget for employee incentive trips as there are no hidden costs, and they are value for money. A wide range of activities are included in the package which allows employees to share new experiences together and strengthen their team spirit and relationships. In addition, Club Med has a multi-cultural GO team (who act as hosts) who can speak different languages to help guests if they encounter any language barrier. Club Med Groups and Incentives allow you to personalise your events at any of our resorts by having customised additions to your itinerary, such as beachside pre-dinner cocktails, gala dinners under the stars or by the poolside and special entertainment items.
Spotlight: CLUB MED KANI, Maldives Located on its own private island, atoll of swaying palm trees and pristine white beaches, Club Med Kani in the Maldives is ideal for small groups to hold their luxury corporate events. Participants will definitely enjoy the ultimate incentive with the recent addition of the luxurious 5‑Trident luxury space which boosts an exclusive lounge with personalised services by the concierge, including priority bookings; free-flow champagne during happy hours; 75 private Lagoon Suites perched on stilts above a brilliant turquoise lagoon; and a host of sea sports and exciting excursions – all making for an unforgettable event.
Club Med + Tel: 1800 CLUB MED (258 2633) + Email: email@example.com Ria Bintan Golf Club + Tel: (65) 6546 7555 + Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CLUB MED KANI, Maldives
profile Alila Villas Soori
Chic beachfront retreat L
ocated along the southwest coast of Bali, near the island’s famous Tanah Lot Temple, Alila Villas Soori offers beachfront living at its most stylish and luxurious. Its contemporary Asian design is seamlessly crafted into the landscape, gently flowing from verdant rice terraces down to the beautiful black-sand beach, with panoramic views across the azure Indian Ocean. Embracing Bali’s unique balance of tranquility and vitality, this stunning resort and residential villa community combines exclusive living and relaxation with spa wellness, fully integrating the beach experience to create a vibrant mix of spaces and experiences.
Designed by Singapore-based SCDA Architects, Alila Villas Soori is an inspired expression of contemporary Asian architecture that blends seamlessly with the lush surroundings of its tropical beachfront setting, and which has been designed, constructed and managed in accordance with Green Globe international environmental standards. At Alila Villas Soori, guests will enjoy a total destination experience that is serene, spiritual and completely one-of-a-kind. All the villas in this luxury all-pool villa property were sensitively designed to maximise views of the surrounding beach, sea and paddy fields, while still maintaining a sense of privacy and shelter. Interconnected spaces create a harmonious flow from the interior to exterior space.
Alila Villas Soori comprises of 15 onebedroom Beach Villas, 15 one-bedroom Ocean Villas, 8 one-bedroom Terrace Villas as well as 10 residential villas. Each villa is accompanied by its very own private pool and in-villa Alila hospitalities, such as dedicated villa host service, a gourmet bar, espresso coffee and tea making facilities, 24-hour in-villa dining, LCD televisions, Apple TV and iPod, double vanity with complete range of Alila’s signature bath amenities for HIS and HER. » Spa Alila − Indulge in natural spa treatments at Spa Alila, a secluded sanctuary located below the reflective pond at reception level, creating an aqua roof that fills the spa with a soothing spectrum of watery light » Restaurants − Enjoy great food and company in Soori’s restaurants: Cotta and Coast that will feature formal and casual dining spaces. Cotta delivers a relaxed yet attentive atmosphere featuring a light and nutritious menu of authentic Indonesian cuisine, housed in a delightfully semicovered, open air restaurant » Infinity Pool − Gaze across the glistening ocean and refresh yourself with a dip in the 30-metre-long pool » Leisure Concierge − Leisure Concierge tailors experiences, known as “Journeys by Alila” to meet your interests, schedules and preferences for one-of-a-kind encounter with Bali’s culture and customs. Choose from full-day or half-day bespoke experiences focusing on spa, wellness, culture, arts and crafts » Other Facilities – Gymnasium & Fitness Centre, Boardroom and Library.
+ Alila Villas Soori Banjar Dukuh, Desa Kelating, Kecamatan Kerambitan, Tabanan, Bali, Indonesia + Tel: +62 361 894 6388
profile Impiana Group
Harmonious Accommodation in Tropical Surroundings S
ituated on the stunning Thai island of Koh Samui, the Impiana Resort Chaweng Noi boasts a tranquil beachfront setting complete with lush gardens. This tropical holiday haven offers its guests unrivalled views over the sparkling turquoise sea giving the entire resort a natural aura that simply oozes calm and tranquility. The majesty and splendour of the 98 contemporary Thai inspired rooms, tantalizing cuisine at 3 different restaurants and friendly servicethe pleasures are simple here. Guests can choose from 5 different room types. Each come with complete amenities as well as TV and wireless internet connection. A holiday to Thailand would not be complete without a sampling of its relaxing spa treatments. Revitalise your body, mind and soul at the awardwinning Swasana Spa. Here, you can soak in an idyllic setting with trickling water, verdant plants and soothing masseurs working together to create a harmonious atmosphere that exudes true relaxation and indulgence. Food is an important part of the culture in the ‘Land of Smiles’. Guests can expect an exceptional dining experience at the Tamarind Bar & Lounge. It also offers a varied menu of freshly made cocktails, cold beers and refreshing wines as well
as an American 8-ball pool table, cigar lounge, futsal table and dartboard. The Sabai Beach Restaurant, another dining option, gives every guest the chance to indulge in international and local cuisines that are served all day in beachside dining style. To unwind and chill, the Beach Bar is the ideal place to enjoy the refreshing sea breeze. Other conveniences the resort offers include a courtesy shuttle bus between the resort and Chaweng town. The 2 function rooms can accommodate up to 160 people- perfect for a corporate getaway. For the ladies and children, there are weekly Thai dishes cooking classes conducted by our very own executive chef. If guests fancy handicraft, intricate fruit-carving and flower-arranging classes are also available at the resort. Impiana Resort Chaweng Noi, Koh Samui truly represents the sanctuary of spirituality, richness and harmony for all.
Impiana in the region
Impiana Group is Asean’s leading luxury boutique and award winning 4-Star collection of hotels, resorts and spa. Today, the Group serves mid to top-tier travellers and is defining a new standard of service in the hospitality industry. Over the years, the Group has achieved exponential growth in building, owning and managing its brand of hotels, resorts and spas focused on the guest experience. + For more information on reservation, please visit www.impiana.com
sizzles Far Far Away Zone at Universal Studio Singapore
New and inventive tourism projects are sealing Singapore’s reputation in the region as a leading MICE player. HRM looks at some unique and exciting places to host a memorable employee get-together By Sumathi V Selvaretnam
t is boom time for the Asia-Pacific MICE industry. The region is expected to draw over 100 million business travellers and MICE visitors by 2015, up from 40 million in 2002. Singapore has been aggressively pursuing a large slice of this multi-billion dollar pie through a host of new world-class facilities and events. Some exciting attractions in the pipeline include the 101-hectare Gardens by the Bay – a garden reserve in the Marina Bay area, the International Cruise Terminal, which is expected to double Singapore’s berthing capabilities – and the National Art Gallery – a visual arts facility that aims to make the city-state a regional hub for visual arts. The efforts are certainly paying off. In 2010, Singapore was ranked as the No.1 convention city in Asia by the International Congress and Convention Association. With competition heating up in the marketplace, MICE service
providers are constantly finding new and innovative ways to give travellers and event organisers more bang for their buck.
A touch of luxury
MICE organisers looking to channel the glamour and elegance of Monte Carlo could consider ONE°15 Marina Club, a private enclave located at Sentosa Cove. Catering for up to 360 guests, the venue’s Constellation Ballroom is an ideal location for company dinners, conferences and other private events. Highlights include a colourful LED bar and LED canapé trays that will literally light up your event. The ballroom’s spacious foyer can be used for pre-event activities and cocktails. A dedicated banquet chef is available to create custom menus to meet your needs and preferences. Private events can also be held at the club’s outdoor venues like the Boaters’ Bar (floating bar), Rooftop Terrace and Bar Nebula (poolside). Guests seeking a bit of sun, sand and sea could opt for one of the club’s swanky boathouses or yachts with four bedrooms. For the ultimate employee reward, companies can charter a superyacht from the club’ subsidiary, ONE15 Luxury Yachting.
Fun day out
Theme parks are a great way for employees to let their hair down and have some fun in the sun. Universal Studios Singapore – the largest theme park on the island, offers MICE visitors a myriad of activities from Ancient Egypt at movie-themed attractions to Universal Studios Singapore exciting rides. Organisers seeking exclusivity can book an entire restaurant or even the whole park for a massive street party. Events, menus, live entertainment and other activities can also be customised and themed on the park’s many attractions such as Ancient Egypt, Sci-Fi City, and The Lost World (Jurassic Park). One of the latest offerings at the park is the “Transformers The Ride” an attraction based on the popular action figure and movie franchise. Due to open in December 2011, it promises to thrill guests with its realistic high definition 3D media, sophisticated visual effects as well as an elaborate roaming flight simulator system.
Boater's Bar at ONE°15 Marina Club
Cruising the high seas
Companies seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of mainland Singapore might want to consider taking their employees on a well-deserved cruise onboard a luxurious ship by Royal Caribbean Cruises. Their new offering in 2012 is the Voyager of the Seas, a 315-deck, 3,840-guest ship that aims to impress with its innovative onboard activities and issue 11.11
Voyager of the Seas cruise ship
entertainment. At the heart of this massive vessel is the Royal Promenade, a bustling 136 metrelong, 4 storey-high boulevard, lined with shopping, dining and entertainment options. In the evenings, the Promenade comes alive with energetic street parades filled with music, laser beams and lights. There is nothing like team sports to build a sense of camaraderie among employees. MICE organisers can choose from a variety of activities on the sports deck, from basketball and volleyball team tournaments on the full-sized court, to in-line skating, mini-golf and rock-wall climbing. Alternatively, employees can learn how to skate in the indoor ice-skating rink, which doubles as a venue for game shows, variety shows and trade fairs. Royal Caribbean Cruises can organise unique MICE events to suit the needs and demographics of its corporate clients, says its head of sales, Mona Foo. “For example, we organised rock-climbing and mini-golf competitions for a group of corporate clients who were aged between 20 and 40.” No cruise is complete without a great dining experience and the Voyager of the Seas doesn’t disappoint, offering a plethora of dining options. Guests seeking an intimate and elegant dining experience could try Portofino, an 88-seater Italian restaurant that serves classic and new chef creations such as Tender Tiger Shrimp Risotto, Maine Lobster with Gamberoni and a classic tiramisu. Offering a more casual atmosphere is Johnny Rockets, an authentic 1950s American-style diner that dishes out good old-fashioned burgers and fries, with jukeboxes playing golden oldies in the background. A cruise ship can also serve as a unique venue for formal functions such as meetings and conferences. The Voyager of the Seas offers a 1,347-seat theatre and 400-seat conference centre. The onboard convention services coordinators provide round-the-clock personal assistance to ensure that events run smoothly. Customised shore excursions, teambuilding activities, open-bar liquor packages and private events such as gala dinners and themed parties can also be arranged on request.
profile Ria Bintan
Exclusivity guaranteed Always wanted an entire resort to yourself?
For a group size of 60 pax or a minimum booking of 30 rooms, Ria Bintan will provide you that EXCLUSIVE evening; with our friendly staff pampering you with undivided attention and excellent service. Exclusivity in every sense of the word, only at Ria Bintan.
Team Building Golf Is For Everyone!
Get to know your co-workers better on our fairways. Our team building golf activity is suitable for both golfers and non- golfers. An instructor will equip you with basic knowledge and skills, and you will leverage on each other’s strengths in a team of 4 to 6. You will need to complete the challenge through interaction and strategising, conquering each hole and meeting novelty challenges in the course of the game. The team that works out the best strategies on how to play and achieve best scores will emerge as the champion! This is an opportunity to experience firsthand a golf course even without a golf handicap card, for those who are entirely new to golf.
When WE host, YOU toast!
At Ria Bintan Golf Club, trust us to cater to all your needs. We have various partners that ensure you have the most fruitful and memorable corporate outing with us:
» Leadership program » Motivational Speakers » Off-site meeting facilities » Gala Dinner & Dance
Outdoor Programs » Adventure Jungle Trail » Treasure Hunt » Amazing Race » CSI
Entertainment » Singers » Band » Dancers » Magicians » Jugglers
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profile Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa
Where comfort and curiosity intersect characters on cobblestones telling the story of a Chinese migrant’s journey to a faraway land. The artworks are designed to reset the guest’s experience upon arrival; inviting them to leave the outside world behind and open their minds to a new experience in the world of Le Méridien. Once through the hotel doors, guests will be enveloped by the Le Méridien brand’s signature scent, sound and use of light.
Inspired Design & Accommodations
ocated on an idyllic stretch of exclusive Lamai Beach, Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa is a chic and intimate resort with a unique blend of stylish amenities, luxury services, an inspiring atmosphere, and rich, cultural experiences. Inspired by timeless beauty and diverse cultural influences, the resort features a selection of 64 suites and 14 stand alone villas, some with their own private plunge pools, infinity pools, limitless ocean views and private dining pavilions. All rooms are exquisitely appointed with the most modern in-room facilities, high ceilings, expansive windows and open-air bathrooms. The resort features the Le Méridien signature arrival experience programme; an inspiring restaurant concept: Latest Recipe; the savvy lobby lounge bar Latitude 9; the resort poolside Plunge Bar; as well as the worldclass luxury Le SPA. Le Méridien Koh Samui Resort & Spa is offering opening rates from THB4399+++, including breakfast for 2 daily. The opening offer is available for stays through to 31 March 2012, booked by 31 Dec 2011. For reservations, more information or to book any of the limitless packages, visit www.lemeridien.com/kohsamui, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call +66 (0) 77 960 888
The New Perspective Starts Upon Arrival
The signature arrival experience awaiting guests features “The Sampan’s Diary,” created locally for Le Méridien. The Sampan’s Diary is a poem painted with Chinese
The resort is designed with Feng Shui principles in mind to be a place that preserves beauty, celebrates history and culture, enhances prosperity, and creates physical and spiritual happiness. The arrival lobby is the hub of the resort, a social centre designed for mingling and celebration. Offering Illy coffee by day, and an international selection of wines by night, guests are invited to the hub to celebrate the end of each day Thai style, with the release of Khom Loys, or “bags of luck,” that lift into the night sky elevated by light and the good wishes of guests.
Luxury Spa & Amenities
Reflect and relax at the world-class luxury Le SPA, with a customised menu of rejuvenating experiences that combine ancient cultural methods and ingredients to revitalize mind, body and spirit. A beautiful oceanfront infinity pool and expansive deck offers a stylish daytime retreat for a refreshing swim with spectacular ocean views. Guests can stay fit in the state-of-the-art fitness centre, which offers the latest and best exercise equipment and daily Yoga and Pilates classes. A main focal point of the resort is the 224-meter floating dock over the Gulf of Thailand, a unique and inspired venue for private dinners, celebratory cocktail parties, and intimate receptions. A final discovery experience is the Le Méridien UNLOCK ART programme, which includes an artist-designed key card collection that not only offers access to the chic guest rooms, but grants preferred access to one of Koh Samui’s most treasured cultural institutions – the Nakari-Huathanin Shrine, built at the turn of the 18th century.
profile Furama Resort Danang
An artful blend of
East and West
his world class Furama Resort Danang, set on Danang Beach, is Vietnam’s most prestigious, with royalty, celebrities and politicians among past guests. The awardwinning resort is just a 15-minute drive from Danang International Airport, and is a gateway to three World Heritage Sites of Hoi An, My Son, and Hue. Some of these destinations can be combined in a single-day tour or half-day tour. Blending traditional Vietnamese design with a French colonial accent, the 198 rooms and suites are a haven of opulence and craftsmanship, from the warm décor tones and expansive marble bathrooms to the ceiling fans and polished timber floors. An enormous freshwater lagoon style swimming pool forms the resort’s centrepiece, making it the perfect sanctuary to relax in the balmy climate. Whilst the signature Café Indochine covers a wide selection of Asian and International cuisines with seductive and intriguing menus, Don Cipriani’s Italian restaurant spoils with a varied choice of traditional Italian delicacies prepared and served with a twist. Open-air bars and poolside restaurants set on the beautiful ocean front or in a lush, tropical green oasis combine to make the
resort a warm and cozy, yet distinctly chic drinking and dining destination. The resort also has increased its outdoor water sports activities and spa services, and continues to strive to become the ultimate green hotel in Vietnam. The Furama has emerged as the leader in Vietnam for hosting meetings and incentive programs, conferences, culturally-themed parties and team building activities. With competitive meeting packages and modern communication facilities including complementary high-speed resort-wide Wi-Fi, the International Convention Palace accommodates up to 1,000 people in style with another ten function rooms for 50-200 people for group discussions. M.I.C.E organisers can look forward to hosting unforgettable theme parties on the beach, around the lagoon, in the ballrooms or outside the resort. The night BBQ activity offers guests a fun evening of festivities under the starry skies of the world-known Da Nang Beach or on the Ocean Terrace. An unforgettable cultural experience, which guests will treasure for many years to come, is the Han Market Night, which exudes the exotic ambience of an ancient Vietnamese market. And the Indochine Night provides a nostalgic return to a bygone era by recreating the romance of the French Colonial period. Continuing to deliver a world-class experience for guests, with the accolade of “Best Conference Hotel in Asia”, its strategic location and exceptional service makes Furama Resort the premier venue in Vietnam for events, conferences and incentive travel. + Furama Resort Danang Truong Sa Street, Khue My Ward, Ngu Hanh Son District, Danang City, Vietnam + Tel: +84 511 3847 888 / 3847 333 + Fax: +84 511 3847666 + Email: email@example.com + Website: www.furamavietnam.com
IDEAL VENUE FOR A UNIQUE EVENT
A S I A’ S F I N E S T M A R I N A C L U B AT S E N T O S A C O V E
ONE°15 Marina Club is the preferred event venue for corporations all over the world and has hosted upscale international events such as The Volvo Ocean Race 2008/ 2009, Asia Superyacht Conference 2009 – 2011 and Asia’s first ever Singapore Yacht Show. It offers a classy and conducive environment, impeccable hospitality, modern facilities, spectacular views of the marina and the sea, and value-add services including actual day event coordination, welcome drinks and arrangement of leisure activities for your guests, indoor or outdoor, on land or on the water.
HEAR WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY “A big thank you to you and your team for making the event wonderful. A special thanks for you for coping with our ever changing requirement - we really appreciate it!” BHP Billiton “Thank you for your prompt and efficient arrangement to our 31st Installation Dinner. Congratulations to your staff for the wonderful services and our guests truly enjoyed the great ambience and good food.” Rotary Club of Raffles City
“The ONE°15 team far exceeds my expectations and truly impressed me by going the extra mile to accommodate all my last minute requests with a smile! Both my events would not be smoothly executed if not for the dedicated team. They truly are a great team and I would not hesitate to work with them again. By the way, the ballroom set-up at ONE°15 had the nicest décor I had seen in the many events I had organised at other 5 star hotels. Well done!” Chevron Singapore Pte Ltd
OUR CLIENTS Hewett-Packard • NETS • Lufthansa Airlines • Unilever • PriceWaterhouseCoopers • DBS Assets Management • UOB • Proctor and Gamble • Pfizer Incorporated • Clarks • Oracle • Microsoft Corporation • LexisNexis • Nokia Siemens • Total Oil • EFG Bank • ExxonMobil • National University Hospital • Bayer • Standard Chartered Bank • BP Global • Julius Bär • OCBC • HSBC • Philips • Pepper & Fuchs • Canon • AIA • PSA International • Kimberly-Clark
To make your next corporate event a memorable one, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 6305 6989 for enquiries or to arrange for viewing of our event venues. We are pleased to create customised packages tailored to your event requirements.
#01 - 01, 11 Cove Drive, Sentosa Cove, Singapore 098487 www.one15marina.com
profile Twinpalms Phuket
A sun seeker’s paradise
winpalms Phuket offers the comfort of luxury resort, combined with the relaxing tranquility of a secluded beach getaway. There are only 97 luxurious and spacious Residences, Suites and Rooms, each surrounded by palms, with all of the units featuring a private terrace and pool view. The unique design of Twinpalms Phuket was created by Martin Palleros, one of the top landscape architects in the Asia- Pacific region. With a brief to produce a property that has an integrated landscape which works in harmony with nature, the “Contemporary Tropical” design and landscaping incorporates a stunning, world-class water garden. The concern for the aesthetic has resulted in a beautiful and serene setting which has a modern, romantic twist – a Garden of Eden for our times. Twinpalms Phuket is located in a tranquil and exclusive environment, 175 metres from Surin beach, in an area often referred to as “millionaires’row”. It is part of the highly
desirable west coast, an area that provides one of the most beautiful and least crowded stretches of golden tropical sand in Phuket. From the airport, it takes about 25 minutes to reach Twinpalms Phuket. For more information see twinpalms-phuket.com. Oriental Spoon Grill & Bar offers an electric atmosphere with a brilliant buzz; an air-conditioned wine room and a long, open plan martini bar with revitalising cocktails. The modern, innovative and cutting edge restaurant presents a Thai and Oriental/Western fusion menu. Guests of Twinpalms Phuket enjoy a preferred, carefree lifestyle at Catch Beach Club on bustling Surin Beach. The private, stylish beach club offers succulent fresh live seafood, delectable pizza from the wood-fired oven, and sumptuous pasta. Worship the sun in ultra comfy beach loungers or people watch at the cool, oversized terrazzo bar. Take your libation around the beach bonfire in the luxury beach lounge, while the sun kisses the distant, vibrant, multi-hued horizon. For more information see catchbeachclub.com. M/Y Olympia, Phuket’s most luxurious and sophisticated motor yacht, is perfect for day, or even longer, charter cruises. The unique vessel appeals to those who crave enjoyment and love to share it with others. The 76’ fly-bridge yacht has modern, stylish lines, while the contemporary and fresh interior is tastefully finished with teak, stained walnut and light beige leather. The uninterrupted visual line from the bow to the stern; the spaciousness of the internal layout and the visual relationship between the inside and the outside ooze refined elegance and attention to detail. For more information see andaman-cruises.com. + Twinpalms Phuket Resort 106/46 Moo 3, Surin Beach Road, Cherng Talay, Phuket 83110 + Tel: +66 76 316 500 + Fax: +66 76 316 599 + Email: email@example.com + Website: www.twinpalms-phuket.com
p h u k E t at i t s b E s t
Phuket’s Most Exciting and Stylish Contemporary Resort –
dens – Staff that continues to be the epitome of kindness and
A culmination of a passion aimed to highlight the joy of life – De-
thoughtful unpretentious service that is so unique to Twinpalms
liciously comfortable it features sleek yet sensual minimalist in-
Phuket Resort – 100% pure and natural products – A world
teriors – Exquisite food orchestrated by talented, creative chefs
class spa – Original art collections – A well equipped library...
and presented in vibrant restaurants – A fashionable beach
and these are just some of the reasons to stay at the privately
club, the ultimate in intimate seaside sophistication – Enor-
owned, passionately run Twinpalms Phuket Resort in Thailand.
mous swimming pools – Lushly landscaped tropical water gar-
Twinpalms Phuket Phuket’s Most Exciting & Stylish Contemporary Resort 106/46 Moo 3, Surin Beach Road, Cherng Talay, Phuket 83110, Thailand t +66 (0) 76 316500, f +66 (0) 76 316599 e b o o k@ t w i n p a l m s - phuket.com w twinpalm s- phuket.com
profile Resorts World™ Sentosa
Discover the extraordinary world of M.I.C.E. at Resorts World™ Sentosa Say Hello to the Extraordinary
Resorts World™ Sentosa – Asia’s ultimate destination – is Singapore’s first integrated resort that promises the richest experiences to last a lifetime. It is also proving to be the premier MICE destination, offering a versatile choice of venues both indoors and outdoors from mega conventions and exhibitions for thousands of delegates to formal receptions and intimate events. Along with an exciting array of entertainment, shopping and dining experiences, world-class hotels and the region’s only Hollywood movie theme park, Universal Studios Singapore®, it has some of the best facilities and organisational amenities to assist in making any event a success.
Unparalleled Event Venues
+ Tel: +65 6577 9977 + URL: www.rwsentosa.com + Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The venue and event offerings at Resorts World Sentosa pack a punch not only because of its ability to cater to 35,000 delegates at any one go, but more so, the quality of the unprecedented event options never available in this part of the world. World-renowned leisure and entertainment offerings at Resorts World Sentosa can be combined to create Asia’s most attractive event venues for a holistic corporate engagement programme that encompasses meetings, team building activities, corporate retreats and entertainment all in one location. For the most memorable Dinner & Dance experience ever, celebrate it at the Compass Ballroom. Don’t miss your chance to book our exclusive Dinner & Dance package from now till 30 December 2011.
DBS Dinner & Dance in Compass Ballroom
New York in Universal Studios Singapore®
Universal Studios Singapore®
At Universal Studios Singapore, organisers have access to some of the biggest names in pop culture and the most imaginative, skilled professionals in the industry. The newly launched and highly anticipated Scavenger Hunt is now available for bookings. Other corporate incentive packages and special rates are also offered for family days and bulk purchase. With outstanding themed venues, unparalleled entertainment options and an event space that stretches the entire park, organisers can create a memorable experience that guests will never forget.
Maritime Experiential Museum & Aquarium™
Embark on an interactive voyage along the Maritime Silk Route, discover precious maritime artefacts and experience a shipwreck in the world’s first multisensory typhoon theatre – all at the Maritime Experiential Museum & Aquarium. This new addition opens up to more choices of unique incentive venues and event opportunities. With a breath-taking view facing the harbour, the waterfront viewing deck is ideal for mid to largesized functions, allowing guests to enjoy the sea breeze whilst sipping their wine away.
Maritime Experiential Museum & Aquarium
Send your staff on a mission that takes them all the way from the streets of New York to the pyramids in Ancient Egypt! Held at the region’s first world-class movie theme park, the Scavenger Hunt Team-Building Programme at Universal Studios Singapore® creates a unique and dynamic team bonding experience unlike any other.
Not your typical tea
Leave the office behind and scour the theme park as a team. Universal Studios Singapore the only place where you can work and still have fun!
Find th e clue the puzs and solve zles
LET THE HUNT BEGIN! +65 6577 9977
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Published on Oct 31, 2011