In Singapore, sustainable development brings together the various players in the business tourism industry, who are competing with each other in terms of creativity to welcome international travelers in a more responsible way.
With the easing of access formalities to its territory, French travelers will once again be able to converge on Singapore. They will discover a destination resolutely committed to sustainable tourism. This commitment is reflected in the many concrete measures taken, particularly in the tourism sector. Starting with the hotel industry and its flagship, the Marina Bay Sands
, which has been leading the way for several years now. For example, the famous five-star establishment has reduced its water consumption by more than 10% since 2015. Innovative initiatives have been deployed there, such as condensation recovery on some 3,000 air conditioning units. The result: no less than 80,000 liters saved every day. In addition, the MBS is committed to responsible sourcing of seafood products, starting in 2017, in particular by supporting the fishing industry in its efforts to adopt more sustainable practices. The Park Royal Marina Bay, Singapore
The Marina Bay Sands is not alone in this sustainable quest. Not far away, the Park Royal Marina Bay and its garden embody the increasingly green image of Singapore. In addition to its 2,400 trees that act as a natural air filter, the hotel has double-glazed glass ceilings for greater energy efficiency. An urban farm has also been installed within the hotel. These urban farms are spreading throughout the State City, includingEdible Garden City, Susternir, Koh Fah, and theOpen Farm Community
, which combines an urban farm and a restaurant. All these initiatives are part of a real commitment of the tourism sector, allowing a more responsible reception of international travelers.
Sustainable development explored with education
The wave of sustainable tourism is not unique to the City State. But where Singapore stands out on the map of responsible destinations is that the sector’s players are not limited to reducing their carbon footprint. They go further by making the environment and its preservation a new axis of tourism development.
e. Thus, attractions featuring sustainable themes have multiplied. For example, the issue of sustainable food is the focus of several tours, such as Wok & Stroll, Veg This City or Let’s Go Tour Singapore
latter option, which has already won numerous awards, is also based on the theme of water management, while other tours highlight the issues related to sustainable food, particularly in relation to fishing.
In Singapore, faced with the issue of sustainable development, the business tourism industry is mobilizing on its various issues, including the food component (DR).
This educational effort is also accompanied by “highlights” that provide a large-scale resonance for sustainable development. Indeed, the Cité Etat’s calendar is punctuated with professional and public events, such asEcosperity Week, the CleanEnviro Summit Singapore and the Singapore International Water Week (SIWW
). These events are a great opportunity to deepen the reflection on the different components of sustainable development, while putting a spotlight on these themes. The CleanEnviro Summit event is one of the many highlights organized in Singapore around sustainable development.
Business tourism is particularly targeted by the green dynamics initiated in Singapore by the industry’s stakeholders. This is evidenced by the various specific “packages” that have appeared on the MICE segment. The “It’s Easy Meeting Green” offer proposed by the Marina Bay Sands includes a dedicated support service to better integrate and enhance the sustainable aspect of the event, or a program of CSR-related activities. The “Meets Lite, Feels Right” package launched by Pan Pacific
Hotels Group, meanwhile, values sustainable refreshments in addition to a “farm-to-table” working lunch, while insisting on the elimination of single-use plastics, and offering fixed “stations” for note taking. As for the <a href=”https://www.marriott.fr/hotels/travel/sinxr-the-st-regis-singapore/” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>St Regis, its “Sustainable Meetings Program” takes care of the carbon footprint of meetings & events, notably by optimizing temperature control in meeting rooms, by promoting dematerialization as much as possible, but also by proposing a catering offer that promotes short circuits.
While sustainable development is more than ever at the heart of the debate, these initiatives, more and more numerous in Singapore, should allow companies, event organizers and business travelers to bring actions closer to speeches, while optimizing the “made in Singapore” experience and enhancing the destination’s potential.
I’m Michelle, and I love to travel. As a former hotel expert for one of the world’s largest hotel chains, I’ve stayed in nearly every type of room imaginable (including many that were not so desirable!). Nowadays, I am fortunate enough to be able to explore the world on my own terms. From international flights to learning different languages, there is nothing too far out of reach!