Stepping out of Bali’s airport, one immediately sees an ongoing construction for the Ngurah Rai International Airport expansion. Driving out of the airport, there are even more construction sites to witness – from road upgrades to improving existing properties or building new ones.
One can almost second guess that the primary reason for this construction frenzy is the coming of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit (APEC) in October to Bali. Even then, the ongoing infrastructure upgrades are actually quite due, perhaps even overdue, given the popularity of Bali as a MICE and leisure destination.
If there’s one country that can attest to the significance of change in a society or its economy, Singapore can very well top the list. The republic is a frontrunner in reinventing itself constantly; making it a unique MICE destination as it was 20 years ago. As Marina Bay Sands’ John Mims once shared in an interview on what he tells friends about Singapore: If you have not been to Singapore for the last two years, you’ve not been to Singapore.
Life as we know is a constant change and the choice lands upon us whether we want to accept change as they happen or do we want to initiate them. The sights and sounds we experience now will soon become part of yesterday. Having seen the results of constant change in Singapore and a preview of a more efficient Bali recently, it’s about time we embrace the thought that change is a necessity to stay relevant and ahead.
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Sandra Hernandez,