Thursday, January 27, 2011

Marina Bay Sands Singapore voted Asia’s Best MICE Hotel

Marina Bay Sands has started the New Year on a high note, as it receives a double honor from CEI Asia Industrial Awards for its MICE and hotel facilities.

Marina Bay Sands has been named as “Asia’s Best MICE Hotel” by CEI Asia, the leading MICE magazine, in an award voted directly by its regional readers. Readership is made up of leading planners and buyers of conferences, exhibitions and incentives across Asia. This heavily contested category also places our sister property Venetian Macau in third place.  In addition, Marina Bay Sands has nabbed the second spot for “Asia’s Best Convention and Exhibition Center” under the CEI annual awards. This is a significant accolade for an operation that will only cross its first year mark in April.

“Marina Bay Sands is thrilled with this award. This prestigious win from the region’s leading MICE magazine based on votes cast by its regional readers is especially encouraging in our first year. From the beginning of our bid, we pledged to elevate Singapore’s MICE industry to the next level with our extensive industry knowledge and depth of experience. This regional award bears testament to the work we’re doing so far, and the promise that we represent,” said Marina Bay Sands President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Thomas Arasi.

“We are encouraged by this win to continue to improve and to give our delegates once in a lifetime experiences everyday when they choose to do business at Marina Bay Sands. We thank all our customers for placing their trust in us, and we look forward to their continued support,” said Mr Arasi.

Over 1,000 deals have been sealed so far, bringing over 600,000 participants to Sands Expo and Convention Center, the biggest meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) facility in Singapore.

Offering the most flexible and unique venues in the region, Sands Expo and Convention Center is an ideal venue for many corporate planners. October and November 2010 are two record months for Marina Bay Sands, where the conference space on Level 4 and Level 5 was sold out for several weeks in a row. Its performance continued to be strong through this month, with large conference groups taking up space in the meeting rooms and extending their business conversations over cocktail receptions at the Sands SkyPark.

Marina Bay Sands has also demonstrated its ability to host new and prestigious shows. Recent examples include Art Stage Singapore, which has been described as having an exceptional start with its stellar cast of several top artists and art collectors. One of the most dazzling entertainment events of the year – the Zee Cine Awards 2011 - also brought the best and brightest stars from Bollywood to converge here for a star-studded celebration on 14 January.
Other shows include UFI, the Global Association of Exhibition Industry that promotes the trade fair industry worldwide, returned to Singapore after 16 years aboard. 77th UFI Congress, which was held at Marina Bay Sands Convention Center from 10-13 November 2010, drew a record breaking attendance.

To meet the needs of our business clients, Marina Bay Sands has recently introduced new services such as concierge desks at Sands Expo and Convention Center. The first one has been launched at Level 4, and three more will be added this year. The concierge desk allows MICE delegates to purchase parking tickets that allow them to enjoy the lowest parking rate for a MICE facility in Singapore (i.e. flat rate of $6 from 7am – 7pm, weekdays). More of such value-added services will be rolled out for MICE delegates in the coming months as Marina Bay Sands continues to build on the accolades that it has won this year.



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