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AccorHotels sees saturation giving it the upper hand

Singapore

DESPITE a slightly softer start to the year for the Singapore hotel market, AccorHotels said that its properties here are outperforming the sector, with both occupancy and rates doing well.

Chairman and chief executive officer for the Asia-Pacific Michael Issenberg said that, contrary to belief, having a saturation of hotels and brands in Singapore has given the group the ...more

S'pore's energy solutions on show at Expo 2017

A specially choreographed dance about the process of metamorphosis and its transformative power encapsulated Singapore's efforts to develop effective energy solutions at the country's Expo 2017 pavilion.

It was opened yesterday by Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob, who is in Astana, the capital city of Kazakhstan, for the event.

Themed Small City, Big Ideas, the pavilion showcases ...more

Singapore to host event featuring top scientists

A meeting of the best minds in science will take place in Singapore next week, when more than 400 scientists gather here for the Commonwealth Science Conference.

They will discuss issues such as climate change, emerging infectious diseases, energy and carbon storage, as well as medical research during the four-day conference, which starts on Tuesday.

The event, which will be held ...more

S'pore hosts global conference

The Synthetic Biology Conference is the world's foremost professional meeting of its kind. Launched in 2004, it brings together a global community of synthetic biology practitioners to share, learn and debate on the latest efforts in the field.

Previous conferences were hosted at leading academic institutions such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Hong Kong University of Science ...more

Reits Symposium strikes an optimistic tone for digital future

Singapore

RETAIL sector naysayers may yet have to mince words as heavyweight real estate investment trusts (Reits) prepare to muscle through the digital storm. Such was the rallying cry from notable speakers at the Reits Symposium 2017 on Saturday.

The annual conference, jointly organised by ShareInvestor and the Reit Association of Singapore with the support of The Business Times, ...more

Maritime review 'highlights S'pore's naval diplomacy'

President Tony Tan Keng Yam will be reviewing about 50 warships from 21 countries, including Singapore, during the inaugural International Maritime Review (IMR) hosted by the Republic of Singapore Navy (RSN) today.

Staging one of the largest gatherings of naval ships in the region is the centrepiece of RSN's 50th anniversary events, but naval experts say it will also indirectly highlight ...more

Hyatt chain to open 5-star hotel in Bugis

Hyatt Hotels & Resorts will open an outlet here under its Andaz brand in September.

The move comes more than 40 years after the opening of the hotel chain's landmark Grand Hyatt Singapore in Scotts Road, still its only hotel here.

The five-star Andaz hotel will open within DUO, a development in Fraser Street consisting of two concave towers.

The 342-room hotel, which will ...more

Singapore to showcase clean energy solutions at Astana Expo

Singapore

THE Astana Expo 2017 to be held in Kazakhstan from June 10 to Sept 10 this year will provide opportunities for Singapore to showcase its sustainable energy capabilities and deepen bilateral ties with Kazakhstan, the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) said on Monday.

In a press statement, MTI shared plans to engage businesses as well as policy makers and regulators from ...more

Singapore maps out goals for its Asean chairmanship

Singapore

SINGAPORE will pursue tangible results for Asean in the areas of digital economy and facilitating trade when it takes over chairmanship of the regional bloc next year.

It wants to harmonise regional trade rules that govern e-commerce, and also work on specific measures to facilitate exports.

These plans were cited on Thursday by Trade Minister Lim Hng Kiang at the ...more

Ancient perspectives on the universe

THE latest exhibition at the ArtScience Museum is a portal to the universe - through the filters of science, religion and art. Humans have been interested in heaven and earth from time immemorial and sought to grasp it as well as they could.

Take the third or fourth century relic stupa from India for example, with its spire on top symbolising the central pillar of the cosmos connecting heaven ...more

Rotorcraft Asia gives peek into future tech

Singapore

AMID robust demand for new build-helicopters from the Asia-Pacific, the upcoming Rotorcraft Asia 2017 event will focus on new technologies and solutions for rotary wing aircraft.

Rotorcraft Asia, which is co-located with Unmanned Systems Asia, will be held from April 18 to 20 at the Changi Exhibition Centre.

A two-day strategic conference themed "Innovation in Rotorcraft" ...more

Gathering of global maritime community

THEMED "Navigating through challenging times", Singapore Maritime Week (SMW) 2017 takes place on April 22-28.

SMW is the leading maritime event in Singapore. Driven by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), SMW gathers the international maritime community in Singapore for a week of conferences, dialogues, exhibitions and social events in celebration of all things maritime. The ...more

The new era of manufacturing is here at Expo event

Bulky machines on a factory floor print out intricate metal parts layer by layer before they are moved from one conveyer belt to another by tireless robotic arms with pinpoint precision.

In another country thousands of kilometres away, a manager checks his mobile device to ensure these machines and robots on the distant production floor are running under specific conditions so that they achieve ...more

Putting the spark back in meetings

BUSINESS meetings? These are absolutely dreadful, if you ask me. I'm thinking, in particular, of those that take place in a stuffy conference room, start or finish late, demand that you be there in person, have no agenda set in advance, and the worst, make everyone wait for just one guy to show up before they begin.

So when Cisco, the San Jose-based technology company, said this week that ...more

Singapore to host top fintech event in 2018

Singapore

SINGAPORE is set to host the first Asian edition of Money20/20, a global payments event.

The conference will be held in March next year at the Marina Bay Sands, the organisers announced this week. Money 20/20 dubs itself as the world's largest payments, and fintech event.

Philip Thomas, CEO of Ascential Events that runs Money 20/20, cited the Singapore government's ...more
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