These customised programmes showcase a vibrant selection of experiences available in the city-state, be it adrenalin-filled hours in the sun, CSR-themed nature appreciation, or an after-dark immersion into Singapore’s theatre scene.
Singapore is small and compact in terms of land area, but planners of large incentive groups will find no lack of activities and venues to accommodate their activities. Sentosa, a popular island resort in Singapore, is more than ideal for groups to soak in the sun with a variety of attractions, beaches and adventure treasures to choose from.
Concept: An experiential teambuilding activity to promote an appreciation for Singapore through an adventure around Sentosa island. Size: Flexible. Large groups can be divided into multiple teams and venues.
Execution: Transport incentive groups to Sentosa Island via coach (large groups) or cable cars (smaller groups). Book out a beach as the base for the day: Tanjong Beach, for example, can be hired exclusively or by sections catering for 200 to 10,000 guests.
Incentive planners can organise activities such as raft-building, canoeing, sand castle building, beach volleyball, or coffee and wine tasting to keep delegates entertained at the base, choosing those that are suitable for the demographics of delegates.
Group delegates into teams. While some are stationed temporarily at the base, others can engage in off-base activities. Teams can try out surfing at Wavehouse, or pit against each other in the obstacles found in the Megazip Adventure Park, where the latter can be used exclusively for groups of up to 2000.
Groups can also have fun with a special scavenger hunt team-building programme at the Universal Studios Singapore, which is designed to incorporate most of the rides and attractions on-site by requiring participants to solve quizzes with clues referencing specific attractions, locations or icons.
Other groups can opt for walking trails and attractions such as Marine Life Park, which features over 100,000 marine animals, Butterfly Park, Insect Kingdom, or Sentosa Nature Discovery. Those who desire a bit of pampering can also visit ESPA at Resorts World Sentosa, a destination spa spread over 10,000 square metres of verdant forest.
Tanjong Beach – www.sentosa.com.sg; Singapore Cable Car – www.singaporecablecar.com.sg; Megazip Adventure Park – www.megazip.com.sg; Universal Studios Singapore – www.rwsentosa.com; Marine Life Park – www.rwsentosa.com; Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom – www.jungle.com.sg; Sentosa Nature Discovery – www.sentosa.com.sg/en/nature/sentosa-nature-discovery; ESPA – www.rwsentosa.com
The CSR challenge
The emphasis on CSR cannot go unnoticed, and incentive programmes in Singapore are able to cater to that need. Large incentive groups looking for adrenalin-charged activities can plan a CSR-centric mini Olympic programme in Singapore Sports Hub, opening in the second half of 2014. For groups preferring a slower pace, Singapore’s selection of nature spots can offer just as much satisfaction.
Concept: Team-building programmes with an objective to raise funds for charity, as part of a CSR initiative. Size: Flexible. Large groups can be divided into multiple teams and venues.
Execution: Mini Olympics – Divide delegates into teams (male versus female, etc.) and decide on the number of sports teams will be competing in. The Singapore Sports Hub, which is scheduled to open in the second half of 2014, offers a 55,000-seat National Stadium, 6000-seat Aquatic Centre and Leisure Water facility, and a 3000-seat Sports Hall among others.
Decide on two locations within the hub for activities to take place simultaneously: For example, teams can use the Aquatic Centre for swimming and a water polo competition, and the sports hall for table tennis and badminton.
Sporting competition can be turned into a CSR initiative: By working with the right corporate sponsor, funds can be donated to a nominated charity based on the number of points each team scores at the challenge.
Planners interested in using the mini-Olympic programme prior to the opening of Singapore Sports Hub can implement the activity in other venues, such as the Pasir Ris Sports and Recreation Centre or Sengkang Sports and Recreation Centre.
Nature walks – Amidst the bustling city landscape, Singapore offers many different types of walks and trails, and parks and gardens, tailored to the varied sizes, interests and fitness levels of incentive groups.
For example, delegates who are open to long nature walks can embark on a nine-kilometre Southern Ridges Trail, which connects Mount Faber Park to Hort Park and features more than 100 species of flowering shrubs and trees. To inject more fun into the activity, delegates can be assigned a list of tree species to identify, while stopping to take photos on the 36-metre high Henderson Waves Bridge. The day can conclude with a CSR fundraising cocktail reception in one of the function venues at Hort Park.
Groups preferring to walk within a specific location will appreciate the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Similarly, organisers can create a list for delegates to spot species at the National Orchid Garden, and end the day with a CSR fundraising dinner in one of the venues at the gardens.
Encourage delegates to upload the photos taken onto their Facebook or Twitter feeds. The delegate with the most number of likes or retweets will win a prize.
Singapore Sports Hub – www.sportshub.com.sg; Pasir Ris Sports and Recreation Centre – Call +65 65838557 or +65 65832696. www.ssc.gov.sg/publish/Corporate/en/participation/hotspot/sports_facility/Sports_Recreation_Centres.html; Sengkang Sports and Recreation Centre – Call +65 6315 3576. www.ssc.gov.sg/publish/Corporate/en/participation/hotspot/sports_facility/Sports_Recreation_Centres.html
National Parks Board, Southern Ridges Trail, Singapore Botanic Gardens – www.nparks.gov.sg
Singapore’s modernity is tagged with activities and fun after dark. With many groups increasingly expecting late-night programmes that are no less engaging than the ones organised during the day, these ideas below are key to ending an incentive itinerary on a high note.
Concept: Low-intensity programmes in the evening designed to create a lasting appreciation of Singapore. Size: Flexible. Large groups can be divided into multiple teams and venues.
Execution: Nature after sunset – Incentive planners can introduce an effective educational component into the programme by visiting Gardens by the Bay before 9pm or Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s Night Safari between 7:30pm and midnight.
Night Safari is ideal for an appreciation of nature and nocturnal animals. Incentive groups can explore the safari on trams, or attempt one of the walking trails in the park. Intimate groups of up to 70 guests can try the Gourmet Safari Express, which is a unique fine dining experience offering a five-course meal on board a moving tram. Groups can end the night with the Creatures of the Night show at the amphitheatre.
Showtime by night – Capitalise on Singapore’s exciting line-up of activities by visiting the “What’s On” tab at www.yoursingapore.com and plan your incentive programme around it.
Depending on the size of the group, planners can book an exclusive season with one of the resident plays or musicals at the MasterCard Theatres at Marina Bay Sands, Resorts World Sentosa Theatre, or Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay. Delegates can be treated to an exclusive cocktail reception prior to the shows, and possibly meet the cast after.
Every September, groups can also enjoy the exhilarating renowned Grand Prix Season by having a themed and branded cocktail party overlooking the world’s only Formula 1 night race.
Dazzle after dark – Planners can take groups to rooftop venues such as Lantern, 1-Altitude, KU DE TA or New Asia Bar for unadulterated views of the Singapore skyline.
For an unparalleled experience, contact a DMC to assist in hiring Sentosa’s Palawan Beach or Tanjong Beach for a dazzling fireworks display. With a seating capacity of up to 1550 guests, there is no better outdoor venue to celebrate the success of your meeting or incentive.
Gardens by the Bay – www.gardensbythebay.com.sg; Night Safari – www.nightsafari.com.sg; MasterCard Theatres, Marina Bay Sands – www.marinabaysands.com; Resorts World Sentosa Theatre – www.rwsentosa.com; Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay – www.esplanade.com; Singapore Grand Prix – www.singaporegp.sg; Lantern, The Fullerton Bay Hotel – www.fullertonbayhotel.com/dining-en.html; 1-Altitude – www.1-altitude.com; KU DE TA, Marina Bay Sands Skypark – www.kudeta.com.sg; New Asia Bar, Swissotel – www.swissotel.com/hotels/singapore-stamford/bars/new-asia/; Palawan/Tanjong Beach – www.sentosa.com.sg/sales