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  1. 1.  Singapura; the Malay name for "Lion City".  Singapore is famous for shopping, activities, dining and entertainment.  Official Name: Republik Singapura/Republic of Singapore  Capital City: Singapore  Government: Type: Parliamentary Republic.  Religions: Buddhist (Chinese), Muslim (Malays), Christian, Hindu, Sikh,  Industries: Electronics, chemicals, financial services, oil drilling equipment, petroleum refining, rubber processing and rubber products, processed food and beverages, ship repair, offshore platform construction, life sciences.  Currency: Singapore Dollar (S$, SGD)  Location: Southeast Asia, islands between Malaysia and Indonesia.  Tourism board: Singapore Tourism Board
  2. 2.  British and Irish passport holders do not require visas to visit Singapore for a stay of less than one month, if they have a passport valid for at least 6 months upon entry, a confirmed onward return ticket and sufficient funds for their stay in Singapore.  Since, a lot of capital amount comes to Singapore from its tourists. They authoritative and democratic governments make sure that tourists have easy access to their country.  Singapore is known for its hot and humid weather, with little variation throughout the year. The average daytime temperature is 31ºC (88ºF), dropping to around 24ºC (75ºF) in the evenings. The monsoon season can bear down pretty heavily on our tropical weather from November onwards, so be prepared for rain on a daily basis during this period.  Singapore is also a medical destinations for citizens whose mother country may prove to be too expensive to deal with cronic ailments. Singapore recorded almost 200,000 foreigners. It is a medical tourism hub and extracts almost US $3 billion from patients who consider it to be a cheaper deal as compared to their own country. This also leads to the creation of extensive job opportunities for the citizens of Singapore as medical tourism generates large revenues for Singapore's hospitality industry.
  3. 3.  Singapore’s international dialing code is +(65).  Besides air-conditioned areas such as shopping centres, restaurants, entertainment outlets and cinemas, smoking is also an offence on public transportation, lifts and certain public areas.  Major Airport: Singapore Changi Airport  Changi Airport is home to the distinguished Singapore Airlines (SIA)  Language: Singlish, a unique mix of English, Chinese, Malay, Tamil and local dialects. The four official languages in Singapore's constitution are English, Chinese, Malay and Tamil. Although Malay is the national language, English is the common language used for business, government and medium of instruction in schools.  Also known as the “little red dot”  It is also environmentally friendly, and maintains natural and heritage conservation programs.  Along with this, it also has one of the world's lowest crime rates  Singapore brand : Singapore enables travellers to design their own journeys – stories they can call their very own. Undoubtedly, each account will be different, but that is what makes them intriguing and enduring. A multitude of stories told through the eyes of people from all over the world and the local residents themselves. Some intimate, others adventurous. Each story is unique to call one’s own.  .
  4. 4.  Singapore Tourism Board promotes a variety of events all year round for tourists. Some of the events are:  The Chingay Parade is an annual street parade held in Malaysia and Singapore in celebration with the birthdays of the Chinese deities or the procession of the Goddess of Mercy (Guanyin) as part of the Chinese New Year festivities  Singapore Arts Festival: is an annual arts festival. Organised by the National Arts Council, it is one of the most significant events in the regional arts scene.The festival, usually held in mid-year for a stretch of one month, incorporates theatre arts dance, music and visual arts. Approximately 70% of the events are put up by international artists.  Singapore Garden Festival : garden and flower show. The festival is organised by the National Parks Board of Singapore, in partnership with the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore(AVA), the Orchid Society of South East Asia (Singapore), the Singapore Gardening Society and the Singapore Tourism Board(STB).The festival features international landscape and garden designers, florists and horticulturists convening in a single location. This contrasts with other international horticultural events which feature mainly domestic and regional designers and market vendors.  The Singapore Food Festival is held every July to celebrate Singapore's cuisine. It is organised by theSingapore Tourism Board. Composed of weekly core events, themed celebrations, culinary workshops, and competitions organised island-wide, this month-long festival celebrates the local perennial food favourites that have given Singapore an international reputation of a diverse food heaven.  Other annual events include the Singapore Sun Festival, the Christmas Light Up, and the Singapore Jewel Festival.[Singapore hosted a round of the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship (Singapore Grand Prix).[The race, held on a new street circuit at Marina Bay, was the first night-time event in Formula One history. The event was considered an overall success due to the sheer amount of organisation, planning and hard work put into the event.[ Also in 2010, Singapore hosted the inaugural Youth Olympic Games where the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), which say the Games is expected to generate a minimum of 180,000 visitor nights for Singapore.
  5. 5.  Sentosa is a relatively large island of Singapore located to its south. Along with a beach-front resort, the island's tourist attractions include Fort Siloso, its historical museum, the Underwater World aquarium and the Tiger Sky Tower. Singapore also features two casinos (integrated resorts), one the Marina Bay Sands and the other, Resorts World Sentosa (home to Universal Studios Singapore) The proposal of building Singapore Casinos in these resorts was controversial.
  6. 6.  Takashimaya Shopping Centre in Orchard Road  There are various shopping belts in Singapore, Marina Bay, Chinatown, Geylang Serai, Kampong Gelam & Arab Street, Little India, North Bridge Road, Orchard Road, and The Suburbs.  Singapore seeks to be the business hub of Southeast Asia and has an expansive shopping precinct located in the Orchard Road district. Many multistorey shopping centres are located at Orchard Road; the area also has many hotels, and it's the main tourism centre of Singapore, other than the Downtown Core. The local populace also use Orchard Road for shopping extensively.
  7. 7.  In Singapore's hawker centres– a technical misnomer, to be precise – for example, traditionally Malay hawker stalls selling halal food may serve halal versions of traditionally Tamil or Chinese food. Chinese stalls may introduce Malay or Indian ingredients, cooking techniques or entire dishes into their range of catering. Some dishes introduce elements from all three cultures, while others incorporate influences from the rest of Asia and the West  This phenomenon makes the cuisine of Singapore significantly rich and a cultural attraction. Much prepared food is available in the hawker centres or food courts (e.g. Lau Pa Sat,Newton Food Centre) rather than actual restaurants These centres are relatively abundant which often leads to low prices, and encourages a large consumer base.  Food in itself has been heavily promoted as an attraction for tourists, and is usually promoted by various initiatives undertaken by the Singapore Tourism Board or the associations it deals with as one of Singapore's best attractions alongside shopping The government organises the Singapore Food Festival in July annually to celebrate Singapore's cuisine.  There is also a proliferation of fast-food chains, such as McDonald's, Pizza Hut, KFC, Burger King, Subway, Long John Silver's, and Mos Burger.  Halal and vegetarian food are also easily available.
  8. 8.  The many changes to the four main sections of the city at night include:  Orchard Road: Vibrant building facades that would jazz up shopping experiences, funky touches such as street seating that changes colours when someone sits down and trees that are brightly lit to promote Singapore as a Garden City.  Singapore River: This includes Clarke Quay and Boat Quay. "Jellyfish" lights would float in the river at Boat Quay. Banks and walls of the river would be illuminated, adding to ambience, and brightly lit-up river-taxis. Underpass along the stretch of 3 km would be lit up with various designs and murals.  Bras Basah and Bugis: Highlighting gateways and focal entry points with innovative light-integrated sculptures and markers would increase the feeling that a person is in a fun and vibrant entertainment hub. There would be more luminous signboards, 3D "art- vertisements" and animations on walls. Well-designed neon advertisements would also be put up.  CBD and Marina Bay: This area is the centre-piece of the whole project. There would be white street lights, instead of the current orange-yellow, to help make people feel that the place is more of an ultra-modern financial hub. There would be the lighting plan of the city skyline, Marina Bay Financial Centre and Integrated Resort. Lights on skyscrapers would also change time to time, with music in the streets and water shows by the bay to add more life and vibrancy.
  9. 9.  The culture of Singapore is a melting pot of mainly Chinese, Indian, British, and Malay cultures, and is a reflection of its immigrant history.  Singapore was a part of British Malaya for many centuries. It was ruled by the Sultanate of Johor. In 1819, the British came to the Island and set up a port and colony. During British rule, the port of Singapore flourished and attracted many migrants. Singapore became part of the Malaysian Federation in 1962 for two years, and in 1965 it became an independent nation and a republic, which it remains today.  Singapore has a diverse populace of nearly 5 million people which is made up of Chinese, Malays, Indians, Caucasians and Eurasians (plus other mixed groups) and Asians of different origins, which is in line with the nation's history as a crossroads for various ethnic and racial groups.  In addition, 42% of Singapore's populace are foreigners, which makes it the country with the sixth highest proportion of foreigners worldwide.  Singapore is also the third most densely populated territory in the world after Macau and Monaco.