Sands Expo and Convention Centre at Marina Bay Sands has become the first venue in Asia to be accorded the Healthy Venue Gold accreditation for its efforts to incorporate wellness into its suite of offerings for the business events community. The accreditation is given by the World Obesity Federation.
With the Gold accreditation, event organisers and delegates can expect a healthier customer experience at Sands Expo and Convention Centre, including:
- Menus use 30% less oil, sugar and salt, at Sands Expo and Convention Centre.
- Lower sugar and low-fat dairy and other options are also available for event organisers.
- Facilities and spaces are available for organisers to conduct standing conferences, meetings, and even fitness and relaxation sessions.
- Prominent signage at Sands Expo promoting the benefits of physical activities, such as walking, to reduce event fatigue.
- Outdoor activities such as SkyPark yoga, cycling and walking around the Marina Bay area can also be incorporated as part of the overall event programming.
The accolade comes as Sands Expo is also transforming its banquet service style to incorporate a variety of new hybrid dining experiences at events. Event organisers can customise a mix of à la minute (live) stations alongside a row of self-service buffets, which marks a return from two years of pre-plated portions during the pandemic. Butler-style buffet, with service team roaming the event grounds with canapes or hors d'oeuvres, can also be incorporated as part the overall F&B service during show days.
Event organisers can also expect to see a rotation of healthier sweet treats and themed days, such as Juice Bar Mondays, Acai Bowl Tuesdays, and Kombucha Wednesdays, all designed to add dimension to everyday meetings.
“Wellness has become a key agenda in today’s events. The accreditation and the reinvention of Marina Bay Sands’ banquet service is a culmination of the lessons learnt during the pandemic, giving organisers the confidence to revitalise their delegates’ journey with wellness across multiple touch points,” said Ong Wee Min, vice-president of conventions and exhibitions, MICE at Marina Bay Sands.
The Healthy Venue Gold accreditation is the third industry-leading award Marina Bay Sands has received over the past month. In May 2022, the integrated resort announced that it became the first MICE venue globally to be Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate Verified. It also added the Events Industry Council (EIC) Sustainable Event Standards for Venues Platinum certification to its belt.
By end-2022, all client engaging team members in MICE will also undergo training to attain the Sustainable Event Professional Certificate (SEPC) by the Events Industry Council (EIC) – to enhance their skills to guide organisers in the areas of sustainability, social impact, and event management.
The resort recently achieved the EIC’s Sustainable Event Standards for Venues Platinum Certification.
Ong added: “Undergoing the SEPC certification is part of a wider strategy to empower the team with the right skillsets to conceptualise and curate unique event programming for clients, further elevating the overall customer experience. From sustainable event settings, healthy and sustainable food options, hotel rooms to leisure and wellness options, Marina Bay Sands is committed to delivering top-notch and unparalleled hospitality to attending delegates.”