Singapore’s quest for eco-friendly tourism is dead serious, but hardly dismal judging by the city’s many fun and thoughtful sustainable experiences, discovers Serene Foo
The new profile of Mindful Explorers – defined as people who want to contribute to regenerative and sustainable tourism practices – will find fulfilling days in Singapore. The destination has launched a tourism strategy that leads to holistic and sustainable visitor experiences across all aspects and touchpoints of the journey.
Cherie Lee, Director, Strategic Planning and Incentive Policy, Policy and Planning Group at the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), told TTG Asia that the country is transforming into a sustainable urban destination – a city in nature where great experiences can be shared are accompanied by small footprints.
She stated, “This vision differentiates Singapore from other sustainable destinations by making us a destination where sustainable travel is fun and where travelers can rest and recharge with peace of mind after the pandemic.”
In fact, from the way they play, what they eat, to their accommodation, eco-conscious travelers can take care of the environment.
Minimal carbon footprint doesn’t mean minimal fun, as HyperDrive resolutely shows. HyperDrive is set to be Southeast Asia’s first-ever gamified electric go-kart track and will open its doors to racing enthusiasts next year. Located in Shangri-La Group’s first standalone lifestyle and entertainment district, Palawan Sands on Sentosa, the attraction features an impressive fleet of eco-friendly electric karts. The emission-free vehicles run smoothly and quietly without any noise pollution.
Speed demons whizzing around the three-story indoor track have the opportunity to enhance their racing experience with a “Game of Karts” that takes them into the realm of virtual gaming.
Drivers can also supercharge their racing experience or sabotage competitors in an interactive experience with light and sound effects, a Shangri-La spokesman revealed.
Meanwhile, outdoor travelers will be encouraged to know that whenever they visit the parks in Mandai Wildlife Reserve, they are doing their part to protect wildlife. The reserve’s manager, Mandai Wildlife Group, provides a portion of its proceeds to support conservation projects in Singapore and across Southeast Asia.
Mandai Wildlife Group is also actively striving to further reduce absolute emissions to meet its goal of becoming a carbon neutral reserve by 2024.
Visitors awed by the Supertrees at Gardens by the Bay will be pleased to learn that these megastructures are more than just photographic landmarks. They act as ventilation ducts for nearby conservatories and disperse heat. Seven of the Supertrees are equipped with photovoltaic systems that convert sunlight into energy.
In fact, the popular garden attraction hosts over 1.5 million plants in its gardens to help offset the city’s carbon dioxide.
For more green attractions, eco-conscious tourists can join the guided Pulau Ubin Island Bike Tour, where they discover diverse flora and fauna on the rural island and learn about the mangrove ecosystem in the Chek Jawa Wetlands—all in the No fewer.
Sustainable tourism is spreading here in Singapore in the art spaces. When art lovers visit the iconic lotus-shaped ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands, they support an environmentally conscious infrastructure. The museum is the first in Asia Pacific to receive LEED Gold certification. Key green features include natural daylight penetrating the interior and a Rain Oculus that recycles nearly 1.4 million liters of rainwater annually.
What is Destination Discovery without food? In Singapore, sustainable dining options can lead to guilt-free indulgence.
Open Farm Community is Singapore’s pioneering urban farm and restaurant concept, Michelin-starred Labyrinth puts local produce front and center and Scaled by Ah Hua Kelong sources fresh seafood from local kelongs and farms.
A drink can also quench the green thirst. The eco-friendly Bar Graft pulls a range of cocktails, beers and mocktails on tap, allowing customers to hand-pull and reducing dependency on labour. Drinks are also served in recycled sake, beer, and wine bottles.
The homegrown cocktail spot takes a zero-waste approach, using ants and fermented grasshoppers to make the drink.
At the plant-based resto-bar Analogue, guests can even buy sustainable furniture.
With many sustainable accommodation options in Singapore, mindful explorers can be assured of a responsible stay. Many eco-conscious hotels are partially solar powered, replacing their single-use plastics with reusable alternatives, have food waste processes and energy-efficient systems.
For example, Singapore’s first garden-in-a-hotel, Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay, Singapore places travelers amid lush foliage that acts as natural carbon dioxide scavengers and sinks. The eco-friendly hotel is home to one of the largest urban farms in the city-state, which provides 20 percent of the hotel’s food supply. With more than 60 varieties of vegetables, herbs, fruits and edible flowers, the urban farm forms the backbone of the hotel’s farm-to-table, farm-to-bar and farm-to-spa concepts, reducing the hotel’s dependence on the food supply chain and carbon footprint, according to General Manager Melvin Lim.
Gino Tan, Country General Manager, The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts said that the recently renovated Fullerton Farm at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore also features a wide range of herbs and spices used by their chefs in creative dishes, cocktails and side dishes.
Hotel guests can enjoy an all-vegan menu – prepared with fresh, organic farm produce – by ordering the plant-based afternoon tea set, available at The Courtyard at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore and The Landing Point at The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore .
Sustainable stay experiences increasingly extend beyond the borders of the hotel through curated learning opportunities. Free Fullerton Farm Tours, led by an experienced gardener, invite hotel guests to learn more about biodiversity.
The new RWS EcoTrail from Resorts World Sentosa offers guests a look behind the scenes of the sustainability highlights of the integrated resort, such as the 29,000 m² forest, the photovoltaic system and the herb garden.
The Parkroyal Collection Marina Bay, Singapore is now looking to expand their well-received guided tours to a wider audience such as corporate guests.
Lim said, “Not only would this highlight the sustainability aspects of the hotel, but it would also reassure corporate organizations that their choice of accommodation provider and event partner is helping to make their own ecosystem of values sustainable.”