Amazing venues in Singapore for your next corporate retreat

BannerBe it a country club, a hotel or a beachside resort, make sure you find an event venue that can meet all your corporate retreat event needs. Here is a list of corporate retreat friendly venues, many of which boast outdoor facilities for team-building events, group breakout spaces and health and wellness services to pamper and reinvigorate the overworked employee.

1. Siloso Beach Resort

51 Imbiah Walk Sentosa, Singapore 099538

Being on Sentosa island, Siloso Beach Resort blocks out the hustle and bustle of the city so that employees can forget about their work and immerse in a whole new environment, amidst lush greenery and seaside views.

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Photo Credits: silosobeachresort.com

Why not plan some teambuilding water activities? Siloso Beach Resort also boasts beautiful outdoor facilities and locations for adventurous and memorable team building activities.

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Being in close proximity to all the attractions in Sentosa, you can also plan several activities like a Nature Walk, Island Explorer, Segway Tours or even your own company adventure race! With 45 hectares of secluded space, there is definitely lot’s of things you can plan! Check out more activities here: http://silosobeachresort.com/activities.aspx

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More details: http://venue.eventnook.com/venue/siloso-beach-resort/e316880c-c398-4df9-9ee2-86a7e0ebce16

 

2. Orchid Country Club

1 Orchid Club Road, Singapore 769162

The Orchid Country Club is replete with facilities for every of your corporate retreat need, be it staff health and wellness, golf, outdoor teambuilding space, restaurants, bowling alleys, casinos and karaoke, all in one place.

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Photo Credits: Orchid Country Club

It’s also far from the cityscape of Singapore, allowing your employees to relax and forget about the office.

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Photo Credits: Orchid Country Club

There are many event spaces suitable for concerts, get-togethers, dinners and more.

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Photo Credits: Orchid Country Club

More details: http://venue.eventnook.com/venue/orchid-country-club/ff63fd3f-decd-4cbe-9f7d-ba1197d669f2

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3. Wave House Sentosa

36 Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa, Singapore 099007

If you have already booked a chalet or accommodation on Sentosa, why not consider bringing employees to Wave House Sentosa for a memorable time.

Wave House Sentosa is the iconic beachfront venue that offers world famous FlowRider and FlowBarrel wave rides and the ultimate beach lifestyle experience in Singapore. Wave House Sentosa offers a 70,000 sq ft versatile space that can be molded and adapted to cater to all group sizes from intimate celebrations to 7,000 guests capacity events!

With endless fun and the challenge of the Double FlowRider and FlowBarrel sheet waves, Wave House Sentosa easily converts to a private club and water park, with the full bar and restaurant facilities, seating indoors and outdoors, professional sound system and stages. Your teambuilding activities can really push the limits and be remembered by employees for years to come.

Riding on the waves, who would have the time and mind to think about work?

More details: http://venue.eventnook.com/venue/wave-house-sentosa/d418f645-ed33-4f36-beef-09d1ec93a078

 

4. Conrad Centennial

Two Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038982

 Want a posh corporate retreat? Still miss the Singapore skyline? Then a corporate retreat at the Conrad Centennial could be for your event planning needs.

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Conrad Centennial is sure to pamper employees and make them feel like kings and queens.

Photo Credits: Conrad Centennial Singapore

Photo Credits: Conrad Centennial Singapore

There are spa and fitness facilities, and is in close proximity to world-class shopping, dining halls, conference rooms, pool pavilions and a ballroom.

Photo Credits: Conrad Centennial Singapore

Photo Credits: Conrad Centennial Singapore

 

351 Cranwell Road, Singapore 509866
The quintessential place for a corporate retreat, Changi Cove hosts a variety of meeting and event spaces, as well as outdoor areas for group discussions, ice-breakers and team-building activities.
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Informal and away from the city, each room comes with special walls that allow guests to write and doodle on. Each room also comes with a Smart TV, Nespresso machine and complimentary Wifi.

Accommodation for Company Retreat

Changi Cove is surrounded by many interesting attractions perfect for group retreats and team building events. These include:

Changi Point Boardwalk

Catch the sunrise at Changi Point Boardwalk, a 2.2 km promenade which lies only a few minutes away from Changi Cove. It is a great place to stroll, jog and fish.

Pulau Ubin & Chek Jawa

Pulau Ubin is an island accessible by a short ferry ride. It offers a variety of activities for groups to explore, interact and bond. Chek Jawa is a nature reserve located within Pulau Ubin and can be admired at during low tides.

Changi Village

Changi Village is a modern village coupled with nostalgia. It exudes a laid back environment filled with local delights such as Nasi Lemak and Chicken Rice.

If you hope to have company retreats for brainstorming and coming up with fresh ideas, Changi Cove offers an incubator space, inspired by the creative coworking spaces found in the city. Participants can freely doodle, write or draw on the walls of the Incubator, a popular feature with organizers of company retreats. The Incubator also comes with a mixture of furnishings such as high chairs, high tables, movable tables and chairs, bean bags, sofa seatings etc.

More details: http://venue.eventnook.com/venue/changi-cove/640e1d75-e2be-46fe-bab4-8be9e3c59503

About EventNook:

Event Mangement Software company, EventNook is an online event registration & ticketing platform where organisers can set up and customise their very own event page. Through it, organisers can collect attendees’ information and their payment using a real-time dashboard. Features such as Automated Email Confirmation and QR Code Check-In make the job of event organisers much easier and more efficient. Recently, EventNook launched an Event Venues Directory which provides information on more than 5,000 venues in Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Myanmar and Hong Kong, making one of the best places on the web to look for venues in South East Asia.

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Crowdfunding: Q&A with HongSin Kwek, CEO and Founder of Phoenixict

Ever heard of Indiegogo, Kickstarter or Crowdfunder? What about the term crowdfunding?

Crowdfunding only surfaced a few years ago but it is fast becoming a go-to method for raising funds. How it works: You pitch your idea on a crowdfunding platform like one of the mentioned sites, and if people like your idea, they can contribute to your project. You can pitch almost anything – products, applications, song albums and even babies! Yes, you heard that right – babies. But that’s another story (See here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-the-haleys-have-a-baby).

While it is now well integrated in the US, the same cannot be said for Asia. However, thanks to Crowdfunding Asia, spearheaded by HongSin Kwek, the Founder of startup PhoenixICT, Asia will have its second Crowdfunding summit in November this year.

eventnook Crowdfunding Asia Festival Singapore Summit Phoenixict team BOLD 2015

Photo: HongSin Kwek

We speak to her to get to know more about the second summit, and also the debut LIVE Crowdfunding Asia Festival – BOLD 2015, an extension of the event inspired an co-organised with youths aged 18 to 24 years young from various Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) in Singapore.

Q1: What is Crowdfunding Asia about?

KHS: It is a platform to network and collaborate with others as well as to showcase your ideas and products. At the summit, attendees will have opportunities to mingle, discuss and pitch projects that may help them gain insights to current concepts and find investors who are interested in backing their models. It is also an avenue for us to provide alternatives to fill in the gaps that the traditional approach leaves. An example of such a gap is how the funding available to technopreneurs is common but not to mumpreneurs, hawkerpreneurs, hydropreneurs, and more.

Find out more at: http://www.cfasia.org/en/aboutus/

Q2: What is the difference between the Crowdfunding Asia – Singapore Summit 2015 and the Crowdfunding Asia Festival – BOLD 2015?

eventnook Crowdfunding Asia Festival Singapore Summit Phoenixict BOLD 2015

Photo: HongSin Kwek

KHS: The Crowdfunding Asia Summit is a full day conference focused on interaction with international experts and practitioners in the crowdfunding scene. Regulators, government, investors, bankers, media, startups, entrepreneurs of all walks of industry will be there. The extension of the summit is the Crowdfunding Asia festival BOLD 2015, which spans 3.5-days and will provide the platform to challenge all startups, entrepreneurs who are brave enough to show their business in the open field and to call for LIVE CROWDFUNDING. Whether it is media, tech, water, investors, bankers, research, health, welfare or socio-enterprises – as long as they are out to demonstrate their potential. We are expecting few thousands of visitors flocking in with comfortable attires (since it is outdoors) to exchange ideas, hear pitches and learn from each other to better their business models and more. It is a marketplace to be and YOU WANT TO BE IN IT TO MAKE HISTORY!

Q3: How is it beneficial?

KHS:

It is beneficial when you start giving yourself a chance to be a part of it.

It is beneficial when you participate.

It is beneficial when you help some and someone in turn support you in many other ways.

IT IS A CROWD CONVERSATION…

Q4: Who should attend? (the Crowdfunding Asia Summit 2015 and/or the Crowdfunding Asia Festival BOLD 2015?)

KHS: EVERYONE who is in pursuit of turning their dream into reality. EVERYONE who believes they can contribute… EVERYONE who wants Singapore to hear them…. EVERYONE who sees crowdfunding as a strong alternative to their vision, or to help someone live their dreams in business and more.

eventnook Crowdfunding Asia Festival Singapore Summit Phoenixict BOLD 2015

Photo: HongSin Kwek

Q5: What can attendees expect there?

KHS: Lots of exchange and learning!

Catch Crowdfunding Asia – Singapore Summit and the Crowdfunding Asia Festival – Bold 2015 on 9 November 2015 and 10 -13 November 2015 respectively!

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Photo: HongSin Kwek

Sign up here:

Crowdfunding Asia – Singapore Summit and Crowdfunding Asia Festival – BOLD 2015

Create your very own Organizer’s Profile on EventNook!

eventnook organiser profile pageHow do you reach out to your previous event-goers for your current events? There are people who go for, maybe one or two of your events but do not particularly follow or keep track of upcoming ones. Besides Facebook and other social media platforms, what is another way to keep people informed?

Rejoice, for EventNook’s new feature, the Organizer’s Profile is the one-stop avenue for all your events! Now your attendees have access to everything under a single page. While social media platforms work well, ours is designed exclusively to showcase all the events you have organised in a listed calendar format.

Page viewers can toggle between past and upcoming events to check out what you have organized in the past and also in the near future. The list requires no extra effort – it is automatically shown according to the “My Events” page you see in your own account. You can spare yourself the hassle of listing everything and let EventNook do it for you.

eventnook organiser profile pageBesides that, you can input general information of you or your organization, such as name, logo, tagline, description and website. The information display is great for increasing brand awareness or brand recognition as well. With this, attendees can clearly see who the organizer is.

Add a banner image to create a page with your own look and feel. Perhaps something colourful for a vibrant and dynamic company? Or a picture with blue and grey hues to denote professionalism and productivity? You choose.

Our widget also allows you to present both your events and Facebook page simultaneously, which could serve as an additional platform to lead your attendees to your social media page. Who says you can’t have the best of both worlds?

The most wonderful thing about the new Organizer’s Profile, though, is that creating it is so simple. EventNook has made the process of creating a profile page easy by putting everything together in a single form. Try it out for yourself by following this guide:

1. Look for the Organizer’s Profile page.

First, log in to your account.

eventnook organiser profile page log inLook for “Settings” under “Account” at the top of the page.

eventnook organiser profile pageSelect “My Organizer Profile” at the side of the “Settings” page.

eventnook organiser profile page2. Fill in the blanks

You will arrive at a one page form where you can type and insert your:

  • Organization’s/Organizer’s Name
  • Unique URL
  • Slogan/Tagline
  • Organizer’s Contact Info
  • Website
  • Facebook Page URL
  • Brief Description (Max – 100 words)
  • Custom Header Image Background
  • Organizer’s Logo

event nook create organiser profile page formClick “Save Changes” when you are done and select “View Page” to see your creation.

3. Share!

If you are happy with what you see, the only thing left to do would be to share your single, unique link so your attendees will know where to find all of your events.

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eventnook organiser profile page alpha campHappy sharing!

 

Planning events as a Growth Hacking Strategy for small businesses

Building customer relations that run deeper than the superficial newsletter greetings are getting more difficult today. The average consumer today is distracted, spoilt for choice and very busy. To effectively get a customer to return to your business again and again requires additional effort.

Events can help you cut through the noise online and offline. Through live events, you can attract potential customers and cultivate long-term relationships with existing customers. People continue to be attracted to actual human connection. And with online ticketing and registration solutions readily available online, event-goers can attend events more conveniently. Events offer businesses a great growth hacking strategy to achieve a stronger customer base and greater brand connection.

1. Use existing networks

You don’t have to do everything yourself. The best part about planning events is that you have a real reason to call up that emcee you met at a networking session last time, or that catering company your cousin runs.

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And if you plan an event that really excites your target audience, they might actually help you plan and market it! Leverage on their networks and enthusiasm. For instance, Airbnb supports their users in planning meetups for people in certain locales, enabling them to have events in their name all around the world.

And as your event gains traction, you can start engaging your event attendees to be part of your event in different ways. For EventNook, our networking events brought together events people from all parts of the event industry and soon, we found an emcee, venue sponsors and event photography services for our subsequent events who would be willing to use our events as a platform to showcase their services.

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Social media is also a great way to tap on the networks of your event attendees. Prepare relevant social media channels and hashtags and encourage people to use it before, during and after the event! It’s free marketing so why not use it?

2. Small and intimate

As an event planner you don’t need to wrack your head planning a huge and spectacular event to achieve your goal of driving growth. Small and cozy events with a conducive environment for conversations will help your event goers form communities with each other and strengthen their relationship with your business because they get more individual attention from you. Moreover, you can save significantly on costs!

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3. Focus on what’s important

Focus on 1-2 things you want your event attendees to get out of your event. Do you want your event goers to experience your services, form connections with each other, or gain some valuable knowledge? What is the main takeaway for your audience?

Like in business, go lean with your event. Do away with unnecessary frills like a buffet dinner, or an entertainer even. But make sure to invest enough time and resources into helping your audience get what they came to get.

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4. Partner up

Partnering up can double your market reach while reducing the work for each company. Moreover, your event will look more credible for the attendees. And you can make it event more useful to your event attendees by exposing them to a complementary service or product!

Just make sure to clarify expectations with partner businesses and communicate consistently before the event so that all partners are on the same page.

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Chill Out with Event Professionals: EventNook partners with Venuerific (a venue portal) and LiveLife (an event planning platform)

5. Incorporate branding

Tie back the event to your company. Have a definite plan about how you can generate sales from the event. Ensure the personality of your company comes through in the event. And make sure you brand, brand, brand! Your presentation slides, event venue, freebies and even the content of your event should show your company’s logo and link back to your overall brand.

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For instance, consider giving away food vouchers as lucky draw prizes at the event if you are running a restaurant so that event attendees are encouraged to return. Or, giving away samples of your company’s product that may require customers to buy complementary products or return for re-fills can help increase customer retention.

6. Have fun!

Make your event useful, fun and enjoyable. A positive and comfortable (relaxed) experience is more likely to leave a long-lasting sense of joy in your event attendees’ lives and they will attribute this to you!

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Events make people feel appreciated. By planning an event for the benefit of your customer segments, you show that your business genuinely cares. It can be incorporated into your growth hacking strategy. At the same time, by getting to know the people in the company, your business is humanised, and trust tends to strengthen. Even if you are on a tight budget, there is always a way to plan a killer event to drive business growth!

 

Want to start accelerating your business’ growth through events?

Whether it’s free or paid, EventNook can help you with online event registrationevent ticketing and onsite event registration and check-in!

 for Free events!

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How companies like Uber are driving growth using events

With Uber recently announcing the release of UberEVENTS, we take a closer look at how businesses, large and small, are using events to power their growth.

Airbnb

Airbnb is making full use of the power of intimate live events by organising and helping their users organise meetups and gatherings for Airbnb users. Past events include “A toast to London”, “Colombo Get-Together @ Lemon Bar” and “DC Host Appreciation Social @ Hoban’s!“. Airbnb knows how to leverage the power of events to strengthen their community of users, which helps build brand loyalty and increase customer retention.

Airbnb Meetups Page

Airbnb Meetups Page

Most businesses don’t have the luxury of Airbnb’s size and growth to afford planning this many events for their users. However, what we can learn from Airbnb is to let our networks and users do the work for us. Tap more extensively into your network of users and encourage them to plan events through one or two passionate community managers that you hire.

Uber

Recently launched in late September 2015, UberEvents is a service that allows organizers to buy and secure car passes ahead of the occasion to send to guests, clients or whoever needs one to get to the location via email.

This is great for exposing Uber’s services to the event-goers who use their service when they attend a particular event.

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Ramada Singapore At Zhongshan Park

Local businesses in Singapore are also exploiting the power of events to market themselves. Ramada Singapore at Zhongshan Park, a hotel in Singapore, is currently organising the Ah Hood Burger Challenge on 28 Nov 2015, a burger eating contest to promote their Ah Hood burger stall.

 

Upcoming Event on 28 Nov 2015

Upcoming Event on 28 Nov 2015

By giving away Flavours At Zhongshan Park vouchers as the prize, they also promote the other restaurants in their hotel.

The event is a great way to get people to know about them as well as to bring them back with the prizes given away at the event! By planning a competition, they can also leverage on the networks of the participants who will bring their family and friends down for support. And how do they do that? By offering a package for families and friends to enjoy the food without stuffing their stomachs till they explode.

Pigeon Singapore

Pigeon Singapore, producer of Mother and Baby Care Products, hosts the SG Mass Latch On in conjunction with World Breastfeeding Week annually. The event sees mothers of all walks of life come together to latch on their babies at the same time.

Planning social gatherings and meetups for mothers creates a positive branding effect for Pigeon amongst their main target group. They are seen as the champion of women and mothers in Singapore. By organising it in conjunction with a worldwide event, they can also leverage online opportunities for marketing. They are also able to use the event giveaways to promote their breastfeeding products.

 

Oktoberfest (Augustiner, Hacker Pschorr, Hofbräu, Löwenbräu, Paulaner, Spaten)

Oktoberfest, the most famous beer festival and travelling funfair which happens in Munich from late September to October every year is an extravagant display of the biggest beer brands in Munich. It draws millions of people from all around the world for weeks of beers, Bavarian culture and carnival rides. Imagine the market reach for the beer brands involved!

One thing we can learn from these brands is the power of collaboration. The event is so successful because it brings together the best of Munich’s breweries. They draw on each other’s brand power to create a bigger entity that they cannot create alone.

Visitors wearing traditional Bavarian clothes raise their  beers in a festival tent at the start of the Oktoberfest beer festival at the Theresienwiese in Munich, southern Germany. This year's edition of the world's biggest beer festival Oktoberfest will run until October 7, 2012. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHE        (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/GettyImages)

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These beer brands have created a legacy brand on the back of a highly successful event. Both the beer brands and the event Oktoberfest have now become synonymous with Bavarian culture.

 

Events are a powerful tool in every business’ arsenal. Use them in a way that builds a community for your business and you will witness increasing brand evangelism, recurrent purchases and higher brand awareness.

How can you leverage events for your business? Stay tuned for the next part of this article to find out more!

 

Want to start accelerating your business’ growth through events?

Whether it’s free or paid, EventNook can help you with online event registrationevent ticketing and onsite event registration and check-in!

 for Free events!

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