Singapore is one of the most unique places in the world. As one of a few city-states, Singapore has a very powerful and healthy economy, making it the ‘freest’ economy in the world. It boasts a very business-friendly regulatory environment which entices investment and collaboration from economies all over the globe. For this reason, Singapore is a very popular location for business travel. With easing travel restrictions looking more likely in the near future, this guide will be a good starting guide to business travel in Singapore.
Singapore has 2 major airports, but Singapore Changi Airport is the most common for international arrival and departure. It is hailed as one of the cleanest airports in the world and is roughly 20km from the city centre.
Singapore Changi Airport is connected to the rest of Singapore through the Mass Rapid Transit system, while transport between terminals occurs on a complementary Skytrain service.
Alternatively, connection to the city centre can be accessed through a public bus network or a well-established private car and taxi fleet.
It goes without saying, the city is home to some of the most luxurious accommodation you will find anywhere in the world, particularly if you are travelling for business. An extensive range of luxury serviced apartments in Singapore, mostly in the central and city region, are ideal for prolonged trips or group bookings. Even for shorter stays, serviced apartments offer greater flexibility, doubling up as a workspace and living space.
Singapore is also unique with regards to its laws and cultural expectations. Littering, chewing gum, smoking in public and jaywalking can all be met with a serious fine and/or being arrested. It is strongly advised that you read more about Singapore’s laws before travelling to the country.
In terms of business etiquette, Singaporeans believe strongly in punctuality, respect and politeness. Shaking hands with everyone at the start and end of a meeting is an important greeting and business cards are often exchanged. It is important to note that business cards must be treated with respect, unlike in Western society where they are more likely to just be thrown away or stuffed in a briefcase.
So, if you are planning on travelling to Singapore for business in the future, ensure that you are fully prepared both logistically and culturally because Singapore can offer a lot in return.