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Are smart technologies the future employees for customer experience?

How did you reserve your most recent hotel booking? Did you call the hotel’s front desk, or did you power up an app on your mobile to book your stay? If your answer is the latter, you reside…

Animal sightings alone not enough to gauge impact on their well-being

I read with concern the report, “Cross Island Line site investigations haven’t driven away rare animals from nature reserve, says LTA” (June 9). Sightings of these animals alone do not offer a good gauge, because animal behavioural patterns…

Is it worth spending $20 million for the North Korean-US Summit?

PM Lee Hsien Loong recently announced that Singapore would be spending about $20 million for the North Korean-US Summit of peace. He said that the price was a small one to pay for regional stability. Prominent socio-economic commentator,…

Trump-Kim Summit: Not just any ‘pirate’ island – Sentosa is much more than that

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With the upcoming summit between leaders Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un taking place in Singapore on Tues, the eyes of the world have been on the Little Red Dot; and more specifically, the island of Sentosa. Unfortunately,…

I stayed at the $6.6 billion mega-hotel Kim Jong Un visited in Singapore, and was honestly kind of disappointed

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Before getting down to business for Tues’s summit, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been touring some of Singapore’s most luxurious tourist attractions – including the extravagant Marina Bay Sands (MBS) resort and hotel, where the local…

Despite tight security and media scrum, business as usual around St Regis Hotel

When news emerged that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would be staying at the St Regis Hotel, the manager of a nearby Starbucks joint thought the hordes of journalists camped out there would mean good business. While…

Kim Jong Un explores Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, MBS on night before summit

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un explored Singapore on Mon night, the day before his historic summit with US President Donald Trump. The North Korean leader was spotted walking around the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay…

This is why the Trump-Kim Summit could be explosive for Singapore and everyone else

Singapore was always going to be a safe pick for hosting a summit whose outcome could have serious ramifications on world peace. US President Donald Trump is to meet his onetime nemesis, Kim Jong Un, in one of…

22 luxury condo units sold over $10m in Q1

Singapore’s luxury private condo segment jumped back to life in the last few months, Savills Singapore said. The price quantum almost reached a nine-year high (since Q1 2009), when a total of 22 units were sold for at…

Private residential price to grow up to 20 per cent this year says Savills

The strong recovery of the Singapore private residential market and the private residential price growth has taken many by surprise, noted a research report by Savills Singapore. It noted that to market observers, this recovery seems surreal because,…

Harder to upgrade from HDB to private property with recent home price trends

Mr Yeo, whose wife gave birth to twins late last year, is in the market for a condominium within a 15-minute drive of his in-laws’ home. He thinks private property offers better long-term value compared with public housing.…

‘RTS more beneficial than HSR’

Businesses here lauded the decision by the Federal Government not to scrap the Johor Baru-Singapore RTS Link project. “We hope the project will proceed as it is more viable and will benefit Johor and Singapore,” Johor Indian Business…

Century Square to host Foot Locker Singapore

Freshly renovated, Century Square Mall in Tampines will house the first Foot Locker Singapore store. From the US, Foot Locker provides apparel and footwear, including limited-edition shoes from such athletic brands as Adidas and Nike. Its Singapore store…

KiKi pop-up store adds Buzz to Centrepoint

A pop-up store selling KiKi products, including four flavours of its Taiwanese noodles, has launched at the Centrepoint in Orchard Road. It is part of a collaboration between Buzz Convenience Store and KiKi Fine Goods Singapore and will…

Singapore footing the hotel bill for North Korean contingent at summit: Vivian Balakrishnan

Singapore is footing the hotel bill for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his contingent, Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said on Mon. “It’s hospitality that we would have offered them, and as Chairman Kim said yesterday, he…

Review Sers, lease top-up schemes

Flat owners whose homes are selected for the SERS are happy to be compensated and get subsidies for new flats. But it means exchanging their older bigger flat for a newer smaller one. Similarly, the scheme to top-up…

Pet owners can help allay fears of big dogs in flats

There is no need to restrict pet owners living in HDB flats to smaller dogs. Instead, considerations such as the space in a flat and educating people to be responsible pet owners can factor into decisions regarding regulating…

Tech firm dormakaba to open new facility in Jurong

The tech firm dormakaba Group will open a new facility here allowing it to consolidate the three sites it now has across Singapore. CEO Riet Cadonau said: “Bringing everybody under one roof not only increases our operational efficiency,…

Are you ‘paying for air’ when you buy a house?

A prospective home buyer, who went to see a show-flat, has come back perplexed. He found that the developer wanted to charge him for much more than a unit’s GFA. The reason being that the unit had high…

As deadline nears, bike-share firms yet to seek licence

With a month to go and one firm already throwing in the towel, the remaining bicycle-sharing firms say they intend to meet the deadline to apply for an operating licence. On July 7, GBikes, an initiative by financial…

Can we turn Singapore into an urban mine?

Singapore may be a resource-constrained economy, but there are rich resources in the waste we throw away, said Amy Khor, Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources, at this year’s edition of the annual industry…

How a traditional SME is looking to drive change in Singapore’s transport scene

Imagine a day when you fire up an app to call for a driverless bus – powered by electricity – to pick you up from the MRT station and send you to your home or office. That’s the…

Sentosa hotels welcome high room demand amidst US-North Korea summit

Capella Hotels has been assigned as the location of the historic summit between US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Experts asked by SBR said the total cost of the event is difficult to…

Demand for bungalows going strong

Four detached houses commanded the highest prices among properties transacted in the week of May 22 to 29, according to caveats lodged with URA. A Good Class Bungalow (GCB) on Swettenham Road was sold for $23.8 million ($1,571…

S’pore is 11th priciest city after taxes for top earners: Sovereign

Singapore may be ranked the most expensive city to live in by EIU, but a different ranking shows that this is hardly the case after accounting for personal income tax rates. Instead, Singapore comes in 11th in the…

CAAS: More foreigners caught for drone violations

The drone soars, pulling away from the Marina Bay Sands (MBS) Skypark beneath. In the background, Gardens by the Bay sprawls, with milling visitors mere specks. A check by TNP found at least 15 travelogues uploaded on social…

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