SINGAPORE — Connect@Changi, a facility for overseas business travellers and Singapore residents to meet without the need for quarantine, was opened on Thursday (18 February).
Located at Singapore EXPO & Max Atria, within a five-minute drive from Changi Airport, the pilot short-stay facility currently has 150 premium guest rooms and 40 meeting rooms to cater to meeting sizes from four to 22 attendees. The facility has a gross floor area of 72,500 sqm.
The accommodation for the guests measures 19 square metres each, with high-speed wireless internet access (WiFi) and access to recreational areas in two courtyards. Room rate starts at $384, which is inclusive of three meals, mini-bar, toiletries, WiFi, two-way airport transfer as well as mandatory COVID-19 tests over the course of the stay.
The facility will expand to around 660 guest rooms and 170 meeting rooms when the initial phase of the project is completed in May. When fully completed later this year, the facility can host some 1,300 business travellers at any one time.
Business travellers residing at Connect@Changi can meet their Singapore-based counterparts as well as guests from other countries in meeting rooms outfitted with air-tight glass panels to reduce the risk of transmission. Large-scale video conferences can also be held, which would allow hybrid meetings to take place.
All foreign travellers checking into Connect@Changi would have to go through a rigorous COVID-19 testing regime throughout their stay. This includes a polymerase chain reaction test upon arrival at Changi Airport, on days three, seven and 14 of their stay, as well as prior to departing the facility, depending on the requirements of the destination country.
Singapore-based visitors do not have to undergo testing when accessing the facility, as foreign travellers and local visitors have completely separate entrances, exits and ventilation systems.
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