Ask a concierge: Singapore

Expert tips for business travelers to Singapore.

At Village Hotel Katong in Singapore, concierge Mohamed Ben Zaki draws on two years of experience to provide guests with the knowledge and tips to make their stay memorable and enjoyable. Here’s his expert guide for business travelers:

What should business travelers have on hand when heading to your city?
Always pack a fully-charged portable mobile power bank. Nothing is more frustrating than the pesky low battery indicator on your smartphone and having no access to a charging point. A power bank can be a lifesaver – just plug it in and carry on with your business or sightseeing activities.

Download a mobile app for booking taxis. Taxis are plenty in Singapore, but it can be a challenge to hail for one during morning and evening peak hours. Booking a taxi via a mobile app is stress-free and you can reach to your destination on time.

What are your top restaurant recommendations for a business lunch or dinner?
The best place for business dinner will be at Salta (12 Gopeng St., Icon Village #01-56 Singapore 078877 Ph:+65 6225 8443). It is an Argentine restaurant located in the Central Business District (CBD). It’s the perfect place to have dinner with clients or simply just catch up with friends and experience the best of Argentine cuisine right in the heart of Singapore.

What’s something that surprises guests about your city or hotel?
Guests are often surprised by the efficiency of Singapore. From disembarking the aircraft to arrival at the hotel, it is often effortless and fast. It is also very easy to get around the city by public transport which includes taxis, buses and the mass rapid transit (MRT). Efficiency is one of the hallmarks that make Singapore what she is today.

Guests staying at Village Hotel Katong are pleasantly amazed by the sheer size of our guest rooms. Furthermore being located in residential district, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, guests can experience our local culture and enjoy Peranakan cuisine along with the comforts of a modern hotel.

If business travelers only have a few hours for leisure, what must they see?
While Singapore is a small country, it is jam-packed with activities! If you only have a few hours for leisure, do check out the Marina Bay Area. It’s a great place to take in the sights and get a wonderful view of the iconic Singapore skyline. From there, head to Makansutra Gluttons Bay at the Esplanade where you’ll find a collection of authentic local cuisines. Indulging in local food makes dining in Singapore a truly unique experience.

What’s the best option for outdoor exercise?
Village Hotel Katong is within walking distance to the East Coast Park. It has jogging paths parallel to the beach, as well as public exercise areas. It offers numerous sporting options like cycling, rollerblading and cable skiing.

Business know-how

Top tips for getting business right in Singapore:

Tip 1: Asian culture can be very different from the West, hence it’s important to pay attention to non-verbal communication – which can make or break your deal.

Tip 2:  Always present your business card with both hands to show respect.

Tip 3: As much as it is about business, personal relationships are the cornerstone of business relationships

 

 

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