April 15, 2024

Eurocean 2004

Life is an adventure

Investing in hybrid tech, creating new products and experiences, RWS prepares for a post-pandemic future

THE WiT Journey Roadshow Episode 5 created a little bit of background by becoming the very first hybrid broadcast party to be staged at the RWS Convention Centre, which has been re-purposed for functions in these remarkable moments.

Speaking to WiT, RWS
vice-president of company innovation, Lam Xue Ying tells us that it is all section
of the organisation’s aim of making sure that they are in a position to provide
“best-in-class amenities to assist [their] clients’ needs” as an party and
convention venue.

As the MICE marketplace
moves in the direction of incorporating digital and hybrid activities, RWS sees remarkable
choices and is investing to be ready for them.

Its key 11,000
sq. metre ballroom features a 270-diploma panoramic, immersive projection
display as perfectly as a multi-screen hybrid studio. There are strategies to review the hybrid studio
in the Saffron and Equarius hotel ballrooms as effectively.

Its site amid a bigger 49-hectare vacation resort – comprising a
combine of indoor and out of doors spaces – opens the probability of “creating satellite
gatherings throughout the vacation resort, supported by hybrid technological abilities,” Lam
tells us, which could transform at a conceptual level the way function organisers consider
about their programmes and their use of room.

Insert to that the
F&B and entertainment property that are component of RWS, and options open
up for occasions that sprawl throughout the vacation resort, utilising the many areas in
techniques that enjoy to their distinctive options – for illustration utilizing F&B
establishments for networking sessions, the conference centre as a most important stage
and smaller venues as breakout areas for workshops or displays.

Towards a backdrop of RWS at night time, VP of business innovation speaks to WiT founder Yeoh Siew Hoon at the WiT Vacation Roadshow Episode 5.

In accordance to Lam, there
are “exciting resourceful conversations” having area with function organisers as
properly as hybrid activities by now in the pipeline.

Pre-pandemic, Lam
tells us, just one 3rd of all worldwide arrivals to Singapore would take a look at RWS.
For context, Singapore welcomed 19 million global arrivals in 2019, meaning
that the rooms on home had been predominantly occupied by travellers.

The evaporation of
intercontinental arrivals prompted RWS to appear closer to property, and model
themselves as a domestic tourism desired destination for Singaporeans. Lam shares some
of the things that she has noticed.

Community guests, she
states “are not hunting for a home to snooze in – they want to unwind and recharge,
be in touch with nature, discover concealed gems or expend high-quality time,” in
essence, friends want to truly feel like they’re on holiday.

And becoming on
getaway, is about encounters, specifically when, as Lam factors out “most of our
locals have been to our sights,” what was vital then, was to retain the
encounters ‘fresh’ providing locals a motive to maintain likely again.

A person way RWS did this
is by making new experiential immersive zones, which motivate company to get up
shut with animals like poison arrow frogs (from RWS’ own breeding programme)
and even “touch and experience, some of the marine species that are indigenous to
Singapore, this sort of as the Knobbly Sea-Star”.

A further way was via at the rear of-the-scenes programmes like “Behind the Panel” and the “Junior Aquarist” programme, which introduced visitors back again-stage, as it had been, to discover how the S.E.A. Aquarium at RWS cares for its maritime animals.

Lam Xue Ying shares how RWS has increased the ordeals offered to stay ‘fresh’ for nearby people.

Lam sees the
interplay amongst local and global traveller as a vital prospect for
RWS, sharing, “travellers will appear to locals for recommendations, suitable, they
want to see the town through the eyes of a local, so we are investing in much more
solution and practical experience advancement, to entice locals to make them our
advocates. Due to the fact if anything doesn’t impress the community, it won’t impress the

With any luck , then, even
when borders open, the merchandise that have been formulated will supply a greater
breadth of encounters, which can attraction to intercontinental arrivals, and
returning visitors in unique.

1 interesting
trend, Lam notes, is that “with a lessened paying in overseas vacation, we
have witnessed that our regional travellers are more inclined to indulge in premium
alternatives, like our beach front villas, or ocean suites,” which has created place for experiences
like the Aqua gastronomy “underwater” dining working experience.

In this in a natural way socially-distanced pop-up function, company dined in bubble pods alongside the S.E.A. Aquarium underwater wall, surrounded by what Lam describes as “dreamy lighting [and] ocean soundscapes” – an ethereal eating knowledge.

Over and above an
entertaining dining expertise, the Aqua-gastronomy menu showcased 100%
sustainably sourced seafood, and was “intended to share our sustainability
efforts, and ideally encourage [diners] to act in defense of the oceans,”
says Lam.

Offered that returning
travellers, in particular millennial and Gen-Z travellers, are increasingly expressing
that sustainability fears will issue into their journey choices, RWS’ showcase
of sustainable eating choices is component of a broader field trend to
more conscientious journey selections.

Yet another inevitability
– secure and hygienic vacation. To that stop, claims Lam, “we’re very fortuitous that
some of these had been previously in place prior to the pandemic strike,” referring to the
digitalisation that was underway in self-ticketing kiosks that lessen
human-to-human conversation.

In response to the
pandemic, reservation portals have also been upgraded to permit potential
measurement and tracking, which aids the vacation resort to comply with shifting
ability limit polices.  

Finally, Lam believes that with amplified limits and extra difficult procedures bordering international travel, inbound travellers will keep for extended periods. She sees it as “meaningful vacation versus greatest vacation, practical experience as opposed to possessions,” and so RWS, she continues, is “planning for a holistic range of sustainable lifestyle encounters that will cater to these requires.”

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