As more Gen Y employees enter the workforce and leadership positions, their preferences are influencing the way business meetings and travel are conducted, and the soon-to-open Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore was constructed with this in mind.
â€śGen Y, now in their mid-20s to 30s, is an important generation that craves connection and engagement. Well-thought-out MICE events are no longer just about stimulating presentations and networking opportunities. Meeting planners are designing programmes that consider the dietary, physical and mental wellness of their delegates,â€ť observed Eric Piatti, general manager of Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore.
Slated to open in July 2020, the 198-room resort will be Singaporeâ€™s first hotel with direct access to a golf course, the Laguna National Golf & Country Clubâ€™s two 18-hole championship golf courses.
This unique location opens up new possibilities that planners can explore for events in Singapore. Piatti described: â€śImagine a welcome reception on an outdoor event lawn with the golf course as a backdrop, a C-suite gathering in one of our private pavilions or a farm-to-table dining experience. Teambuilding activities can also include cooking classes following a therapeutic harvesting experience from the hotelâ€™s herb farm, or an excursion to the neighbouring East Coast Park.â€ť
In addition, golf lovers and beginners alike can enjoy the sport with an Asia first â€“ Laguna Nationalâ€™s Moonlight Golf programme, which adds an evening of golfing powered by Swiss-engineered LED technology.
Other unconventional meeting options on the property include three event lawns with a golf course backdrop; eight private pavilions, each with their own outdoor plunge pool; and a host of modular workspace arrangements â€“ be they sofa lounge or bean bag set-ups â€“ for C-Suite discussions or creative brainstorming sessions.
But Piatti assures that Gen Y are not their only target, as he affirmed that “C-Suite executives in their 40s and 50s will also find these enhanced experiences both engaging and enriching”.
Dusit Thani Laguna Singapore will also be decked out in technology that caters to Gen Y and any other guests who have â€śhigh expectations when it comes to digital servicesâ€ť, he added.
For instance, meeting attendees can register on the hotelâ€™s e-network platform to engage and interact with each other, while event organisers can conduct real-time polling and Q&A with attendees.
Beyond a seamless e-registration, property guests will also be able to check-in and obtain their mobile keys via an app. Through the app, guests can also request for in-room amenities, such as a yoga mat, or arrange for late check-out without having to pick up the phone.
Aside from Dusit Thaniâ€™s events team, planners can also access an e-MICE planning tool to organise, manage and execute their events on the property with ease.