04 Mar Croatian travel agents experienced Singapore during the 3 day FAM trip
Croatian travel agents had a great opportunity to experience Singapore from 22nd till 26th of February 2016, during FAM trip organized in cooperation with Qatar Airways Croatia, Singapore Tourism Board and Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts. Known as a great business and transit destination in Croatia, Singapore has a wonderful features that deserve to be better recognized and promoted on the Croatian travel market, and therefore a FAM trip initiative was a great starting point to show a leading travel agents the destination as it should be presented through leisure and incentive programs.
The FAM trip program included the most famous Singapore attractions and MICE venues
Impressive Gardens By the Bay which is sprawling at 101-hectare lot right by the water in Marina Bay really has something special to show. Its futuristic energy shows how far the city goes when approaching the modern traveler. Two huge futuristic structures rise out of the greenery at Gardens by the Bay, and were designed with environmental sustainability in mind. Measuring between 25 and 50 meters tall, these iconic tree-like vertical gardens are designed with large canopies that provide shade in the day and come alive with an exhilarating display of light and sound at night
More traditional side of Singapore
A part of Fam trip program was also a visit to Singapore China Town which is a very convenient place to have a glance at traditional market life and a popular place to buy souvenirs. We also visited the home of Singapore’s Indian community, Serangoon Road and its neighboring side streets which are still today a bustling hive of sights, sounds and intriguing aromas. A rainbow of colors greets you as you wind your way through the streets. Here, one can find handicrafts from Kashmir silk to peacock feathers and flower garlands.
Singapore River Cruise
A scenic tour down the Singapore River on board a vintage bumboat, much like the ones that many of Singapore’s early immigrants depended on for their livelihoods is the attraction that gives you a great overview of Singapore main touristic features. The relaxing river cruise will take you on a journey through time, offering views of the iconic Merlion, the Esplanade, century-old godowns and shop houses, colonial-style government buildings and grand bridges with their quaint light fixtures, as well as the modern skyscrapers that now dominate the city’s skyline.
City of gardens
Wherever you go in Singapore you will always feel like you are standing in the impressive garden. Indeed, our 3 day visit was a breathtaking experience in a full meaning of this words. Singapore green areas are amazing and unforgettable. A testament to Singapore’s reputation as a City in a Garden is the Botanic Gardens as the country’s first UNESCO Heritage Site. With around 600 species and hybrids on display, the splendour of Singapore’s national flower is a sight to behold at the National Orchid Garden.
Great hospitality in the hotel Jen Tanglin
During the FAM trip travel agents stayed in a newly renovated hotel Jen Tanglin. Its perfectly designed rooms and public areas with impressive swimming pool and spa area really look like an oasis of serenity in the centre of Singapore. Every single detail in the hotel gives an image of a tailor made holiday accompanied with great hospitality and service. Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore is conveniently located just a stone’s throw from the renowned Orchard Road shopping district and the serene Botanical Gardens. Guests are connected to Tanglin Mall, with a variety of high-quality shops, cafes, restaurants and supermarkets easily within easy reach.
Modern design with Singaporean themes
The 565 contemporary guestrooms come with four modern wallpaper designs highlighting different Singaporean themes (bicycle, orchid, goldfish and shop house). Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore offers a fresh take on all-day dining with authentic Southeast Asian cuisine at J65, a new restaurant with the look and feel of a local farmer’s market. The chic lobby also houses Jen’s Kitchen On-the-Go, a café and snack bar offering Singapore’s finest artisan products. Overall Jen Tanglin hotel is dedicated to travelers who appreciate the important things done well – stylish and comfortable rooms, enthusiastic and upbeat staff, convenience and accessibility, all delivered fuss free.
A unique feature of Hotel Jen Tanglin Singapore is the Heart Map where team members and travelers alike are encouraged to share their favorite tips and recommendations on the hand-drawn map. It’s a fun and interactive way to discover the city and ensures all team members act as ambassadors for the hotel.
Night life options
Keen to stay up till late while in the city? Night owls will find an eclectic variety of dining and clubbing options. Dance the night away at Clarke Quay, Marina Bay and more afterhours spots, if you’re in the mood to party. Those in search of something more relaxed can hit the laid-back beach bars and cocktail hotspots with panoramic views. For cosy gatherings, the restaurant-bars at Club Street and Dempsey Hill are the locals to go to.
The Island of fun – The Island Sentosa
Looking for the great family leisure zone or you just want to feel like child again don’t miss the opportunity to stroll around Resorts World Sentosa where you can experience Universal studios Singapore, S.E.A Aquarium, amazing Adventure Cove Waterpark and Dolphin Island to name a few. Sentosa island also provides a great MICE possibilities, wonderful beach hotels as Shangri-La’s Rasa Sentosa Resort which besides various MICE venues, also provides a beautiful family and honeymoon gateway.
Futuristic, outstanding green city with splendid hospitality and never seen public order that serves as a wonderful example for everyone. Place where Chinese, Malay and Indian minorities live in perfect harmony. Positively astonished and overwhelmed with peace and serenity of Singapore streets we flew back to Croatia full of impressions and thankful also to Qatar Airways for a great in-plane hospitality.
Photo and video credit: magic4.club, Jen Tanglin hotel, Youtube