Location


Location

The meeting will be held at the Pan-Pacific Hotel in Singapore from 21 to 24 July 2010. These dates fall in the week immediately preceding the 10th World Congress on Bioethics, also to be held in Singapore, so that participants can combine attendance at both these events.

Official Hotel

7 Raffles Boulevard , Marina Square, Singapore 039595 Tel: +65 6336 8111 Fax: +65 6339 1861

Pan Pacific Singapore Hotel, with its proximity to the Central Business District, is located in the heart of Marina Bay, a shopping haven of over 500 shops and restaurants near the Singapore River. The hotel offers direct access to the Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre via a sky bridge. In fact, this luxury hotel in the heart of Singapore, is walking distance from many historic landmarks, such as the Padang, stage to some of the most significant national events, the Cenotaph and the commemorative landing site of Sir Stamford Raffles - founder of modern Singapore.

Pan Pacific Singapore Hotel is 20 minutes from the Singapore Expo and Singapore's Changi Airport. It is also close to Singapore's historic, cultural and entertainment areas, such as CHIJMES, the Boat Quay, Clarke Quay, Robertson Walk and the new Esplanade - Theatres on the Bay. This Singapore hotel is also connected to Millenia Walk and Suntec City shopping complexes.

Driving Directions

Complimentary CBD Transfer Service

There are car transfers available for hotel guests to the Central Business District. This service is available on weekdays between 7:15 am and 9:00 am, excluding public holidays, on a first come, first served basis. Service routes and time schedules are subject to change without prior notice. Please contact the Concierge for information and assistance.

Airport Transfers

The hotel can arrange for airport limousine service. Self-drive cars can also be arranged at the airport or upon request.

Driving Directions from the Airport

From Singapore Changi International Airport, travel along ECP (East Coast Parkway) towards City and Jurong

Exit at Rochor Road (after the Fort Road exit) on the left Keep left on Rochor Road and immediately turn left to Temasek Boulevard Drive past the fountain and continue (12 o'clock) along Temasek Boulevard Turn left at the T-junction to Raffles Boulevard Pan Pacific Singapore is on the immediate left

The estimated travel time is approximately 30 minutes, depending on traffic and weather conditions.

Please check with your car rental agencies on ERP (Electronic Road Pricing), required along major roads leading to the Central Business District at specific times, before leaving the airport.


Why in Singapore?

The First World Conference attracted participants from over 40 countries, the majority coming from Europe and North America. Moving to Singapore will enable an increased participation from other parts of the World, especially from the Asia-Pacific region, given its increasing importance as a region of major research endeavours. Singapore itself is proud of its reputation for its ethos of integrity in all walks of life and as such is an appropriate venue for the Second World Conference.

The Singapore Minister for Education, Dr Ng Eng Hen, will be the Guest of Honour for the Conference and will deliver the Opening Address.

About Singapore

Singapore is made up of not just one island but a main island with 63 surrounding islets. The main island has a total land area of 682 square km. However, its compact size belies its economic growth. In just 150 years, Singapore has grown into a thriving centre of commerce and industry. Its former role as an entrepot has diminished, as the nation has increased its manufacturing base.

Singapore is the busiest port in the world with over 600 shipping lines sending super tankers, container ships and passenger liners to share the busy waters with coastal fishing vessels and wooden lighters. Singapore's strategic location, excellent facilities, fascinating cultural contrasts and tourist attractions contribute to its success as a leading destination for both business and pleasure.

If there is one word that best captures Singapore, it is "unique". A dynamic city rich in contrast and colour, you'll find a harmonious blend of culture, cuisine, arts and architecture here. Brimming with unbridled energy, this little dynamo in Southeast Asia embodies the finest of both East and West.

  • Climate/ What to Wear
  • Accommodation
  • Language
  • Nightlife
  • Places of Interest
  • Ethnic Quarters
  • Singapore Tourism Visitor Centers
  • Singapore Tourism Overseas Offices

Climate / What To Wear

For sun babies, Singapore's tropical climate is heaven-sent! The island is warm and humid all year round, with only slight variations between the average maximum of 31 degrees Celcius and minimum of 23 degrees Celcius. This makes it ideal for those who enjoy sunbathing, swimming, sailing and other water sports. But for those who do not enjoy the tropical climate, Singapore is sheltered from the worst effects of the sun with air-conditioning in almost all of its shops, hotels, office buildings and restaurants.

Rain falls throughout the year, with more consistent rain coming during the monsoon season from November to January. Showers are usually sudden and heavy, but also brief and refreshing.

Light and summer clothing made from natural fabrics like cotton is best for everyday wear. Casual dress is acceptable for most situations and occasions but some establishments may require a more formal dress code. It is always advisable to check beforehand on dress regulations, if any.

Accommodation

Singapore offers a wide variety of accommodation types to suit all budgets and preferences. They range from backpacker, budget and youth hostels to boutique and five-star hotels.

Most hotels come with standard facilities like International Direct Dial (IDD) phones, internet and cable, room service, mini bars, data ports for modem, no-smoking rooms or floors, and business and fitness centres furnished with the latest equipment.

Singapore has over 100 hotels offering close to 37,000 rooms mostly located in the city centre, which are within easy walking distance to meeting venues, attractions and shopping centres. Singapore is an affordable destination with reasonable hotel room rates.

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Language

English is the most common language in Singapore. Other languages spoken are Mandarin, Malay, Tamil and many dialects.

Nightlife

The sun may dim but the fun doesn't! As night falls, life begins in many quarters of Singapore. Whether you're a party animal, a 24-hour foodie or just a night owl craving adventure around the clock, there are many sizzling surprises to keep your senses satiated till the wee hours of the morning. In fact, Singapore has the added advantage of being one of the safest countries in the world for you to hit the streets at night.

You don't have to be a hard-partying hedonist to appreciate the colourful and exciting nightlife in Singapore. Sleep will never be further from your mind as you check out the ultra-chic bars, classy jazz lounges, or move to the groove at hip dance clubs. In line with efforts to improve the nightlife experience for all, there are smoking restrictions on entertainment outlets. Smoking is no longer allowed in all pubs, discos, karaoke bars and nightspots, unless within approved smoking rooms or smoking corners.

The food paradise too does not slumber - 24-hour coffee houses dot the island to satisfy the rumblings of the stomach with a range of local fare that boggles the mind. Teochew porridge, caramel bean curd, or just coffee and cake - you name it, we have it!

Even shoppers have no respite! Singapore is one of the few countries where late night shopping is not an exception. And if you're bitten by the shopping bug in the wee hours of the morning, there's always Mustafa Centre - Singapore's only 24-hour shopping mall.

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Places of Interests

Delegates who are interested in exploring and visiting attractions in Singapore may visit the following tour agencies for a wide range of options to suit your preference and interest:
Luxury Tours: www.luxury.com.sg
RMG Tours: www.rmgtours.com.sg

Singapore Zoological Gardens & Night Safari

Tired of having the usual breakfast? Then feast with an orang utan, the Oriental small-clawed otter, or even the reticulated python! These are just some of the many unusual escapades that await you at the acclaimed Singapore Zoo. Come up close and personal with the over 3,200 mammals, birds and reptiles and fishes at this 28-hectare "open" zoo.

As the sun sets, a different world comes to life. At the Night Safari, you can look a rhinoceros in the eye, hear the howls of a pack of striped hyenas or watch giraffes glide serenely across the plain in the still of the night.

This premier night zoo houses over 900 animals of 135 exotic species in eight zones re-created to simulate geographic zones like the Southeast Asian rainforest, African savanna, Nepalese river valley, South American pampas and Burmese jungle.

More information can be found on www.zoo.com.sg

Jurong Bird Park

If you are looking for a quick break from the hustle and bustle of the Singapore urban lifestyle, visit the Jurong BirdPark where 9,000 colourful birds of 600 species will amaze you with their variety, shapes and sizes.

The newly revamped BirdPark offers a range of new and exciting exhibits and facilities which are truly breathtaking and worth your while. Make sure you pay a visit to the 2007 ASEANTA winner for Best ASEAN New Tourist Attraction - The African Wetlands. This African-themed exhibit with African huts and a body of water, houses endangered birds like the Shoebill, the African Crowned Crane, the Saddle-Billed Stork and more.

More information can be found on www.birdpark.com.sg

Sentosa Island

Another popular attraction is Sentosa Island, for more fun in the sun. Whether it's learning about Singapore's World War II history at Fort Siloso or about Singapore's various festivals at the Images of Singapore exhibits, you'll be able to spend at least one full day exploring the island.

A truly exhilarating experience also awaits you at the Underwater World, where only glass panels separate you from baby sharks, manta rays and other marine life. If you have time to linger a little longer, visit the pink dolphins at the lagoon or go on a nature trail or relax at the Central Beach over-looking the harbour. Stay on and watch the sun setting whilst sipping your favourite cocktail or beer at Sunset Bay. Spa enthusiasts will not be neglected either. They can choose to immerse in the region's first mud pools at the garden spa, Spa Botanica, in the Sentosa Resort & Spa, or check out the treatments at the Aspara - Phytomer Spa in Shangri-la's Rasa Sentosa Resort.

More information can be found on www.sentosa.com.sg

Ethnic Quarters

Little India

As you step into Little India, be prepared for an assault on the senses! You will be greeted by the strong, heady scent of spices and jasmine garlands, followed by the treasure trove of silverware, brassware, wood carvings and colourful silk saris, dazzling to behold. Pick up a walking guide and start your exploration of this colourful ethnic quarter.

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Geylang Serai

Geylang Serai is the cultural heart of the Malay community in Singapore. At the Malay Village, go back in time and discover the traditional 'Kampung Days' lifestyle of Malays in the 1950s and 1960s! Or experience traditional Malay arts and crafts like batik painting, kite-making and kampung games such as top spinning.

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Kampong Glam

Named after the Gelam tree which used to grow in the area, Kampong Glam was the historic seat of Malay royalty in Singapore. Today, the former Istana Kampong Glam (Sultan's palace) has been converted into a heritage museum, the Malay heritage Centre, to showcase the rich history and culture of Singapore's Malay community. The building and architecture has been meticulously restored to retain its flavour and authenticity.

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Chinatown

Singapore's Chinatown evolved around 1821 when the first Chinese junk arrived from Xiamen, Fujian province in China. The passengers, all men, set up home around the south of the Singapore River which is known today as Telok Ayer. Chinatown's local name - Niu Che Shui (Bullock Cart Water) arose from the fact each household at that time had to collect fresh water from the wells in Ann Siang Hill and Spring Street, using bullock-drawn carts.

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Singapore Tourist Visitor Centers

The following services and facilities are available at the Singapore Tourist Visitor Centers:

  • Tourist Enquiries
  • Hotel Reservations
  • Booking for Tours
  • Sale of Attraction Tickets
  • Internet Access

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Singapore Tourism Worldwide Offices

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