In a significant development, Singapore has launched a travel “bubble” business hotel, in one of the world’s first such facilities, that enable executives to conduct face-to-face meetings without exposing themselves to potential coronavirus-induced COVID-19 infection.
The bubble hotel has meeting rooms outfitted with airtight glass panels which reduce the risks of transmission; it also features a special compartment with an ultraviolet light to sanitize documents so that they can be shared between participants.
Some of the hotel’s first guests are from France, Germany, the United Arab Emirates and Indonesia.
“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.
The bubble hotel is significantly different from the city-state’s quarantine hotels where guests are isolated for two weeks and are subjected to COVID-19 tests before they are cleared to leave and join the local community.
Guests to the bubble hotel are not permitted to enter the city and must leave via the airport.
Later this year in August, Singapore is scheduled to host the World Economic Forum and the bubble hotel is expected to facilitate business meetings during the event.
Room rates start at $284.79 (S$384) per night, which includes meals, COVID-19 tests, and a two-way airport transfer.
Thanks to its strictly enforced curbs and quarantine measures, Singapore, Asia’s business hub, has managed to keep a tight lid on its coronavirus-induced COVID-19 infections.
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