Singapore hails top tourism experiences

Singapore hails top tourism experiences

The Integrated Resorts, Sentosa, Osia, The Butter Factory, and hotelier Loh Lik Peng singled out for their valuable contributions to Singapore's billion-dollar tourism industry
What keeps this city buzzing? Ask the winners of the Singapore Experience Awards.

The best of Singapore's tourism sector has been recognized at the 2011 Singapore Experience Awards.

Familiar names led the way at the ceremony held at the Marina Bay Sands; they included homegrown nightclub, Butter Factory (Best Nightspot Experience); Singapore's "other" island, Sentosa (Best Visitor Attraction Experience); shopping behemoth, ION Orchard (Best Shopping Experience); the St. Regis Singapore (Best Hotel Experience); CNNGo Best Eats; and Best New Restaurant winner Osia (Best Dining experience).

The gala presentation, attended by Singapore president Tony Tan Keng Yam, saw a total of 27 awards given out.

In addition, three individuals were recognized for their outstanding contribution, "redesigning powerful Singapore experiences in the tourism sector."

The Lifetime Achievement for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism was awarded to Dato' Dr. Jannie Chan, executive vice-chairman of The Hour Glass Limited. Hotelier and restaurant owner Loh Lik Peng, director of Unlisted Collection, was named Tourism Entrepreneur of the Year, and Dr. Andy Nazarechuk, president of APacCHRIE, was awarded the Business Event Ambassador award.

Double honors went to Mercury Marketing & Communications for the Exhibition of the Year and Leisure Event of the Year, awarded for the Blueprint Fashion Trade Show and Audi Fashion Festival respectively.

The two events have been longstanding highlights of Singapore's fashion events calender, and have contributed significantly to the island's growing fashion quotient.

The awards are considered the most prestigious in Singapore's robust tourism industry.

For 2011, the Singapore Tourism Board is aiming to reach a record 12-13 million visitor arrivals and S$22-S$24 billion in tourism receipts.

For a full list of the awards, go to www.singaporeexperience.com

[Editor's note]: CNNGo was the official media partner of the Singapore Experience Awards. CNNGo also won the Best Singapore Experience story (Digital) for "Winners of Singapore Best Eats 2010" and was a finalist for the Best Singapore Experience Story (Broadcast).