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Quarantine-Free: Singapore Business Bubble Hotel Welcomes First Guests

If a Zoom call doesn't quite do the job, the new Singapore Business Bubble hotel can sort out your meeting needs, without the mandatory 14-day quarantine. (When the finally borders open)

If a Zoom call doesn’t quite do the job, the new Singapore Business Bubble hotel can sort out your meeting needs, without the mandatory 14-day quarantine. (When the finally borders open)

Singapore has launched a Safe Travel eXchange “bubble” business hotel that allows executives to do face-to-face meetings without risk of exposure to the coronavirus, in one of the world’s first such facilities.

The hotel, called Connect@Changi, will allow business travellers to dodge Singapore’s mandatory 14-day quarantine — as long as they don’t leave the facility. 

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The hotel allows guests the choice to unwind and relax at the beautiful indoor courtyards or gain access to The Gym Pods and The Spin Pods to work a sweat and feel refreshed after a day of meetings.

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Meeting room. Image: Connect@Changi

The meeting rooms outfitted with airtight glass panels to reduce the risk of transmission and even has a special compartment with an ultraviolet light to sanitise documents so they can be shared between participants.

Some of its first guests have come from France, Germany, Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates.

“Given that we have operations in Singapore, I need to be able to travel to conduct face-to-face meetings with the team based in Singapore, as well as process some paperwork,” said Olivier Leroux, who was among the first guests when he checked in on Monday after his flight from France.

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Executive King. Image: Connect@Changi

The hotel differs from quarantine hotels in the city-state, where guests are isolated for two weeks and must pass COVID-19 tests before being cleared to leave and join the local community.

Visitors to the bubble hotel are not permitted to enter Singapore and must leave via the airport.

Singapore is expected to host the World Economic Forum in August this year, and the bubble hotel has been floated as way to facilitate business meetings during the event.

Room rate starts at S$384 ($284.70) per night, which includes meals, two-way airport transfer, and COVID-19 tests required during the course of the stay.

Source: AAP