Singapore serviced apartments
Singapore is one of the most thriving city-states in Asia. Although the 63 islands that comprise Singapore occupy an area around three times the size of Washington, D.C., the city boasts the fourth-largest economy in the world. Due to its remarkable growth and resilient economy, Singapore is referred to as one of the "Four Asian Tigers," alongside Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan.
An economic powerhouse
The meteoric growth of Singapore's economy during the past 30 years has made it an attractive destination for expatriates and a lucrative base of operations for international organizations. Its location off the coast of the Malay Peninsula and its proximity to other Asian nations such as the Philippines and Thailand make it an important hub for many industries, particularly energy production, consumer technology and telecommunications. Several multinational companies maintain a strong presence in Singapore, including Shell, BP and ExxonMobil. Electronics manufacturer Phillips and automotive company Toyota also have corporate offices in the city.
Singapore has risen to become such a prominent driving force in the Asia Pacific region that sales from the city-state's top companies eclipsed $2.2 trillion last year, and overall revenues exceeded $141 billion. While the rest of the world has struggled during the fallout from the global economic crisis in 2007, Singapore has not just weathered the storm, but prospered.
Although travelers staying in BridgeStreet’s Singapore serviced apartments have the entire city on their doorstep, the area also boasts many attractions that fans of the great outdoors will appreciate. The National Orchid Garden boasts an extensive collection of rare flowers from across Asia and around the world, and the Singapore Botanic Gardens are the ideal alternative to the hustle and bustle of downtown.
Singapore is also home to a stunning variety of museums and cultural institutions. Visitors can learn more about the region's rich history at the Asian Civilizations Museum, before paying their respects to the Singaporean soldiers who perished during the Japanese occupation of the islands in World War II at the Changi Chapel and Museum.
As one might expect from such a thriving city, Singapore has some of the finest restaurants in Southeast Asia. After exploring the city streets, travelers can sample a range of delicious cuisine from around the world before retiring to BridgeStreet’s Singapore serviced apartments.
Singapore is a city like no other and offers visitors a fascinating glimpse at how past and present collide in 21st century Asia.