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Mice Asia Net : July 2009
singapore excitiNg cıty venues if there iS one thing Singapore does well it is accommodation and meetings venues, with exceptional facilities right in the heart of the city. Says general manager, Aiden McAuley, the property was honored and excited to welcome the athletes. “Having hosted numerous high profile international events, we are well-equipped to meet the needs of the SAYGOC in offering accommodation, food and beverage and meeting facilities, to create a memorable experience for all these young athletes,” Mr McAuley said just prior to their arrival. Swissôtel The Stamford’s credentials in staging large-scale events of global significance include hosting the 117th International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in July 2005, a week-long event which saw more than 5000 officials, heads of states, delegates and mega stars of the sporting world witness London win the bid for the 2012 Olympic Games. In September 2008, the hotel housed Formula One race teams, sponsors and officials, and catered over 30,000 meals during the inaugural Singapore Grand Prix Night Race. Boasting an unrivalled location in the city centre with a capacity of 1261 guestrooms and suites, plus 16 food and beverage outlets, Singapore’s tallest and largest hotel was the home away from home for the atheletes and officials. Conveniently located in the heart of Singapore, Swissôtel The Stamford is a deluxe hotel that boasts a prime Singapore location amid the diversions of the Raffles City shopping complex, and is just 20 minutes away from Singapore Changi International Airport. Swissôtel The Stamford offers a luxurious range of 1261 guest rooms and suites with a wealth of amenities, as well as panoramic views of Singapore, Malaysia and parts of Indonesia. It also boasts an impressive array of 16 restaurants and bars, including the Equinox Complex. The hotel also houses the 70,000-sq foot Raffles City Convention Centre comprising 27 meeting venues with technologically advanced business facilities and services. T he Swissôtel The Stamford was in full throttle in late June and early July when it acted as the official athletes’ hotel for the 1st Asian Youth Games Singapore 2009. Visit www.swissotel.com/singapore-stamford to learn more. Not to be outdone, Meritus Hotels & Resorts recently unveiled the SGD$250 million makeover of Meritus Mandarin Singapore and Mandarin Gallery, the shopping mall that fronts the group’s flagship hotel. A brand new facade, together with its adjoining Mandarin Gallery, is slated to be officially launched in the third quarter of this year. In tandem with the redevelopment of Mandarin Gallery, Meritus Mandarin is undergoing refurbishment works to stay innovative and mantain its lead at the forefront of the hospitality industry in Singapore. Guests can look forward to a new reception lobby, and other enhanced facilities including the spa and fitness centre, a new-form outdoor swimming pool and business centre. The two presidential suites and various categories of guestrooms are also being refurbished. A new F&B dining concept is also in the works with a fresh dining experience at the new buffet concept restaurant and bar situated on level 5 of the Orchard Wing, alongside Chatterbox. All three food and beverage outlets will have the added vantage point of overlooking the busy and vibrant shopping belt of Orchard Road. A new addition to the hotel’s function space is the Mandarin Court (formerly named Act 1) on the 25th level of the Orchard Wing. Overlooking Orchard Road, the new Mandarin Court features a fourtier amphitheatre-style concept with a capacity to accommodate up to 200. A private foyer also allows for an intimate session of predinner cocktails, making it the choice venue for meetings, seminars, receptions, product launches or parties. Visit www.meritus-hotels.com to learn more. Also in the heart of the Singapore CBD is the iconic Raffles Hotel. Dating back to 1887, Raffles Hotel is one of the few remaining great nineteenth century hotels in the world. It was declared a National Monument by the Singapore Government in 1987, and continues to gain an international reputation as a traveller’s paradise with its unique blend of classical architecture and tropical garden setting. ABOVE: Swissôtel The Stamford. miceAsia.net 31