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The ITW Asia Guide to Singapore

The ITW Asia Guide to Singapore


ITW Asia's home - Singapore

Singapore, the home of ITW Asia, is not just one of the world's foremost centres of business and commerce - it is a true hub for connectivity. The city-state's enterprise market is booming, and cloud and digital infrastructure is growing all the time - not to mention the fact it has the highest average broadband download speeds in the entire world.

But Singapore is a great location outside of the working day, too. It attracts millions of visitors each year who aren't just coming for business, but to enjoy the varied and vibrant Singaporean cultural heritage - not to mention the sights, the history, and the world-class food and drink.

If you're a Singapore regular you don't need telling this - but for any visitors lucky enough to be seeing it for the first time, here is the ITW Asia guide to everything Singapore has to offer.

Make the most of your time in Singapore

What's around the venue

ITW Asia takes place at the Shangri-La Singapore hotel. Located on Orchard Road, the Shangri-La lies at the heart of where things happen in Singapore - but it is a calm retreat at the same time if that's what you're looking for, with 15 acres of tropical gardens.

The venue sits in what is known as the Orchard Road district of Singapore. Just to the north of Singapore's central business district and to the west of Marina Bay, the area is famous for its multiple, luxurious and interconnected shopping malls - but that's not all there is to see. This area is also home to the National Museum of Singapore, the Singapore Art Museum, several historic religious buildings, and a huge range of places to try not just Singaporean cuisine, but food from all over the planet, too.

What to see, what to do

Away from the venue, Singapore offers plenty for your pre- or post-ITW Asia downtime. Despite being a busy, dynamic and global city, it is surprisingly green, with over half of Singapore's area given over to gardens and green spaces - and Singapore's legendary food scene can be enjoyed wherever in the city you are.

To the south of the Shangri-La, the Riverside district is the historic central core of the city along its eponymous river, and the place where most of th city's nightlife happens. Further south, Marina Bay is a perfect location for a garden stroll and to admire the slightly otherwordly architecture of the Marina Bay Sands Hotel, while the Bugis and Kampong Glam (Malay), Chinatown and Little India district are the historic heartlands of Singapore's mix of communities.

Travel Information

Getting in and around

The Shangri-La Singapore is 18 km or so from the four-terminal Singapore Changi Airport to the east. Taxis will cover the distance in around 30-40 minutes at a cost of something like $30-40, and they are easily found at the airport terminals. 

If you prefer public transportation, the Mass Rapid Transport station for the airport is between terminals two and three, and will get you to around the Shangri-La in 40-50 minutes for $3.

For getting around Singapore, contactless cards can be used to pay for all public transport in the city-state, including on the fast and frequent MRT. Taxis will get you between the Shangri-La and the central parts of Singapore for around $10.

What to pack

A single degree north of the Equator, Singapore's weather is generally sunny and steady all year round, with an average temperature in December, when ITW Asia takes place, of between 24 and 30 degrees Celsius (24 degrees being the average nighttime temperature). December is also the month with the highest rainfall. Although this still only amounts to a total average of 300 or so millimetres across the month, it's worth bearing in mind.