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Conference VenueShangri-La Hotel

For 2015, Casual Connect Asia is hosted by Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore. Known as Asia Pacific's leading luxury hotel, it is located in the heart of Singapore’s busiest entertainment and shopping district, Orchard Road.

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You cannot beat the convenience of staying in the host hotel. Join us the day before in the hotel for our pre-funk party and early badge pickup.

Hotel Discount!

Casual Connect has secured a strictly limited number of rooms at highly discounted rates for attendees of Casual Connect Asia 2014. Our discounted group rate of $280 will save you a minimum of $58 per night.

Rooms are $280/night [register and book now]

Or you can book your room through the hotel using our code CAS190514 at the Shangri-La website.

Getting Around

Taxi With a compact city size, plenty of taxis and good public transit – do not rent a car. For all planned events, you should be fine walking around the city or taking a short taxi ride hailed from the curb. To pre-arrange taxi: SMRT Tel: (65) 6555 8888, Comfort or Citycab Tel: (65) 6552 1111, Premier Taxis Tel: (65) 6363 6888.

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Detailed Travel Guide


Money in Singapore

Currently 1.3 Singapore Dollars is equal to one US Dollar and 1.6 Singapore Dollars is equal to one EURO. Plan for prices to be similar to San Francisco & Amsterdam. Credit cards are widely accepted and generally safe to use.

Electricity

Singapore is 220-240 volts AC with the big fat British adapter

Telephoning

For those traveling internationally, when dialing any number, hold down the "0" key on your cell phone to display the "+" then enter the country code. You should drop any references of (0) when calling from your cell phone. So, the Shangri-La’s number would be dialed as: +65 6 737 3644, Calr's number would be dialed as: +1 435 770 5369. The country code for Singapore is 65, for the United States it is 1.

To avoid unpleasant surprises, please contact your wireless carrier before you leave for coverage and pricing information while in Singapore.

Passport and Entrance Requirements

Please verify with your appropriate government agency that you will meet all entrance requirements into Singapore. It is very important to ensure your passport is valid for six months after your travel date. More information for those traveling from the USA. For more information from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority of Singapore. If you have never traveled to Singapore, play it safe and contact your local government agency to ensure a smooth trip.

VISA Invitations

While the far majority of travelers will not need a pre-arranged VISA upon arrival at Singapore, please contact your local government to ensure you will be allowed to leave your country. Be aware that, if required, it may take up to 3 months to get a VISA, so please plan accordingly. Singapore maintains a list of countries which require VISAs for entrance:
http://www.ica.gov.sg/services_centre_overview.aspx?pageid=252&secid=165

We have partnered with the Singapore Travel Board to help grant people visas to Singapore. In order to use the following documents to obtain a visa, you must be sending your documents to the Consulate directly. These documents will NOT work for the SAVE program. Please download, fill out, and send to visainvite@casualconnect.org the following Casual Connect Invitation Letter to sign and return to you via email.

If you need other assistance, please contact the Immigration & Checkpoint Authority of Singapore http://www.ica.gov.sg/index.aspx for assistance at: +65 6391 6100 or ica_feedback@ica.gov.sg.

Travel from/to Singapore Airport

Taxi Taking a taxi to and from the airport is relatively easy. Taxis are located on the Arrival level of each Terminal and any hotel in the area can call you a taxi to the airport. The ride is about 30 minutes, but depends on traffic. If you take a taxi, it is about S$20 – 40 so make sure to have enough cash in Singapore Dollars before getting into the taxi. If you are traveling in a group of 4 – 7 people or with significant luggage, please approach the Ground Transport Desk in the Arrival Hall to arrange for a flat fee larger taxi or Limousine which cost approximately S$50 (50 Singapore Dollars).

Train The easiest way to get to and from the airport is by the clean, prompt and very safe public train. After retrieving your baggage, follow the signs to the MRT train. http://www.smrt.com.sg

Local Currency: You will need local currency to ride the train. There is a CitiBank ATM to the left of baggage claim directly before taking the two story escalators down to the MRT.

Navigation: You can find a map at the Tourist Center or print from the MRT website before leaving. http://www.smrt.com.sg/trains/routemap/MRT_SysMp_with_all_CCL-Sept11.pdf

Tickets: You will need change to purchase tickets, so head to the ticket booth and get change for about S$10 (10 Singapore Dollars) so you will have plenty for your return trip and the deposit on the fare card. Plan for each trip on the train to be just under S$2.

VERY VERY IMPORTANT: When taking the Green, East West Line from Changi Airport (CG2) into the city, you MUST transfer to the west bound train at the Tanah Merah Station (EW4) as there is a fork in the line.

CAR From Changi Airport, head South on T2 Basement Drive then slight left at T2 Boulevard. Proceed with another slight left at Airport Boulevard. Take Exit 1 - PIE (Tuas) / TPE (SLE), onto Pan Island Expressway. Take Exit 15A - CTE (City), onto CTE (City). Continue on Central Expressway and then take Exit 6 - Bukit Timah Road, turn right to stay on Bukit Timah Road. Turn left at Scotts Road then right at Stevens Road. Make a U-turn at Anderson Road. Slight left at Orange Grove Road. Arrive at the Shangri-La Hotel carpark.

AIR Changi International Airport (SIN) is 20 km from the hotel/venue: a 20-30 minute journey by taxi. Payment methods : Cash, American Express, Diners, JCB, MasterCard, VISA

Food

The food in Singapore is consistently good. If you are planning a large partner dinner, please contact us for recommendations before booking.

Weather

Rain, humidity and warm temperatures are common in Singapore. May is a great time to travel to Singapore with an average high of 88F/31C and an average low of 76F/24C, we will miss both the monsoon and haze seasons.

Health & Safety

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's guide to Travelers' Health. The US State Deparment's information relating to International Travel.

Lost?

Please call your hotel, the Shangri-La Hotel number is +65 6 737 3644. If they can not help you then call Carl at: +1 435 770-5369.