Singapore has been chosen to host this important event in recognition of its status as a major international hub, home to INTERPOL’s Global Complex for Innovation, the SE-Asian headquarters for many leading, global corporations and agencies and, importantly, to emphasize CSI’s intention to expand its footprint in the Region.
Singapore is a sunny, tropical island in South-east Asia, off the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. The city-state is 710 square kilometres and inhabited by five million people from four major communities; Chinese (majority), Malay, Indian and Eurasian. Since its independence in 9 August 1965, the country has adopted a parliamentary democracy system. Currently, the government and the cabinet are led by Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong while President Halimah Yacob is the Head of State.
Ideally positioned in South-east Asia, where the rest of the region is just a hop, skip and jump away, Singapore is a thriving metropolis offering a world-class infrastructure, a fully integrated island-wide transport network, dynamic business environment, vibrant living spaces and a rich culture largely influenced by the four major communities in Singapore with each offering different perspective of life in Singapore in terms of culture, religion, food, language and history.
Pack lightweight clothing, walking shoes, and an umbrella. It’s hot in Singapore year-round, so when you’re planning your outfits, try to pack comfortable clothing made from lightweight, breathable fabrics like cotton. It rains often in Singapore, so bringing an umbrella will help you in case you get caught in a sudden afternoon shower.
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Singapore’s premier attractions are easily accessible from the Hilton Singapore hotel. Plan a visit to the Botanic Gardens to view more than 1,000 species of orchid at the National Orchid Garden or Singapore Zoo with its 3,600-plus mammals, birds and reptiles; take in the panoramic views of the city from the 165-metre Singapore Flyer or go on a Night Safari and discover more than 1200 animals. If you’re wanting to entertain the family, head to Universal Studios theme park and spend an afternoon exploring Sentosa Island. Other options include:
Singapore River cruise – get a sense of the sprawl of the Lion City and its history on a 40-minute river cruise on the Singapore River. The cruise will take you past the different quays – Clarke Quay, Boat Quay and Marina Bay – which are lined with shops and restaurants.
Marina Bay Sands – the famous hotel that looks like a boat floating in the sky, with an infinity pool that is 57 levels above the city, is a great spot for a drink.
Chinatown – is one of Singapore’s most exciting districts, where old meets new and you can visit traditional tea houses and see hawkers selling their wares. For a taste of Chinatown’s history, head over to Thian Hock Keng temple on Telok Ayer Street, the oldest Chinese temple in the city.
Maxwell Road Food Centre – is a must-visit destination for foodies.
World’s 50 Best Restaurants – Singapore plays host to this event’s festivities this year and Odette, situated within the National Gallery of Singapore and serving Asian-inspired modern French cuisine, has recently been crowned No. 1 in Asia.