It is my pleasure to welcome you all to “Lion City” Singapore.
Singapore is known as the “Lion City”, as legend states that a Prince from Riau Islands first set foot in Singapore, witness a lion ran across a forest and has named the place Singapura, which means lion city. It was previously known as Temasek, a small fishing village. The combination of a lion head and a fish tail, represents both lion and sea, has created the Merlion as the symbol of Singapore. Overtime, Singapore has transformed to a modern and vibrant international city state. It is famous for its efficient port and shipyard services and has been consistently ranked the busiest port in the world. Two local companies, Keppel and Sembawang are the top two offshore marine companies in the world. It is also the oil hub in Asia and it is amongst the world top 5 oil refinery centres. Besides being a major financial centre in Asia, it is also well known for its retail, education, tourism and medical services. Many MNCS have set up regional headquarters and representative offices or in Singapore to facilitate business interactions in the region due to its strategic location, efficient government services, pro-business policies, well connected infrastructure and also productive human resource.
The weather in Singapore is usually warm, just like our feeling towards visitors to our country. Singapore is one of the top visited countries in South-East Asia. Although it is a small country with about 720 square km, the tourist attractions are scattered all over the country. It is best to explore Singapore through its highly modernized mass rapid transit (MRT) systems and its well-connected and extensive bus routes. The famous tourist attractions include Singapore Zoological Garden, Night Safari, River Safari, Merlion Park, Gardens by the Bay, Sentosa and the two integrated resorts, among others.
The Orchard Road district is the most popular shopping district in Singapore. It is usually engulfed by thousands of tourists and locals every night. The major shopping centres and prominent retail outlets will be able to fulfil the requirements of shopping enthusiasts from all over the world. Consumers can get access to famous branded products at reasonable prices in the shopping outlets in Orchard Road.
When in Singapore, do not miss the opportunity of trying out the local food. The multi-racial culture and open to international investments has resulted in the availability of large varieties of food. Besides the establishments of restaurants offering Chinese, Western, Japanese, Malay and Indian food, there are many hawker centre offering authentic local food at very reasonable prices to satisfy the gourmet desires of the visitors.
The education system in Singapore is well-regarded by neighbouring and international countries. Every year, numerous students from the neighbouring and international countries enrol into the schools, polytechnics and universities in Singapore. The students pursue education at all levels, from certificate to diplomas and to undergraduates and even postgraduate programmes in the public and private institutions in Singapore. The two top government-funded autonomous universities, National University of Singapore and Nanyang Technological University are consistently ranked among the highest in international rating. The country is also a favourite host of international meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions.
So it is time to pack your luggage and come to Singapore.
It is my pleasure to welcome you all to our forthcoming conference. Besides delivering impactful conference presentations and benefits from knowledgeable and fruitful discussion, we hope that you will also be able to enjoy the warm hospitality offered in Singapore. We sincerely hope that you will come to Singapore and participate in the conference.
Tan Khay Boon Ph.D.