Singapore Tourism Awards 2019: 30 awards given out to celebrate achievements in tourism industry

Reta Lee
Editor-in-Chief, Lifestyle
Ms. Violet Oon receives Lifetime Achievement Award. (PHOTO: Singapore Tourism Board)

SINGAPORE — On Thursday night (9 May) about 30 individuals and organisations were recognised for their achievements in the tourism industry at the Singapore Tourism Awards 2019. Held at The Ritz Carlton Millennia Singapore, the event was graced by Minister for Trade and Industry Mr Chan Chun Sing.

Organiser Singapore Tourism Board (STB) conferred the top award, Lifetime Achievement for Outstanding Contribution to Tourism, to Ms Violet Oon. Violet’s dedication to promoting and profiling Singapore’s unique food heritage and culture over many years has established her as Singapore’s doyenne of local heritage food, especially on Peranakan cuisine. Under her helm, Violet has opened a total of four restaurants: National Kitchen by Violet Oon at National Gallery Singapore, Violet Oon Singapore at Bukit Timah, Violet Oon Satay Bar & Grill at Clarke Quay and Violet Oon Singapore at ION Orchard.

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Another top award Breakthrough Contribution to Tourism, went to Genting Cruise Lines, having played an instrumental role in the development of Singapore as a global cruise hub.

Under the Special Recognition category, three awards were given to Chinatown Food Street by Select Group, Food & Hotel Asia by UBM Singapore and Mr Loh Lik Peng, for his role as the Chairman of the Singapore Hotel Association’s Hotel Innovation Committee.

Chef Julian Royer receives Best Dining Experience Award. (PHOTO: SIngapore Tourism Board)

Chef Julian Royer’s Odette Restaurant which won the top spot of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2019 awards in March as well as Restaurant of the Year at this year’s World Gourmet Awards, picked up Best Dining Experience.

Here are the remaining top 25 awardees, recognised for outstanding service delivery, across three award categories of Customer Service Excellence, Experience Excellence and Enterprise Excellence.

Best Shopping Mall Experience - The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

Best Retail Store Experience - TANGS

Best Tour Experience - Singapore 1920s: Trails of Tan Ah Huat, Let’s Go Tour Singapore

Best Dining Experience - Odette

Best Hotel Experience - Andaz Singapore

Best Attraction Experience - Gardens by the Bay

Best Nightspot Experience - Manhattan Bar

Best Leisure Event - C3 Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2018, SOZO Pte Ltd

Best Marketing Idea - Sentosa Sandsation: MARVEL Edition, Sentosa Development Corporation

Best Business Innovation (a tie) - GlobalTix Ticketing Solution, Globaltix Pte Ltd and Vouch’s Digital Concierge, Vouch SG Pte Ltd

Best Business Event Champion - Amy Lim, Director of Events, Asia Pacific at Herbalife Nutrition

Best Association Conference Organiser - Ace:Daytons Direct (International) Pte Ltd,Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists & Obstetrical & Gynaecological Society of Singapore for RCOG World Congress 2018

Best Meetings/Incentives Organiser - Resorts World Sentosa for Amway India Incentive Movement

Best Business Event Venue Experience - Singapore EXPO and MAX Atria for Singapore FinTech Festival 2018

Best Business Event Service Provider - Jublia for World Cities Summit 2018

Best Exhibition Organiser - SingEx Exhibitions and International Partner: Deutsche Messe for Industrial Transformation ASIA-PACIFIC 2018

Best Trade Conference Organiser - Monetary Authority of Singapore, The Association of Banks in Singapore, SingEx Exhibitions for Singapore FinTech Festival 2018

Best Hotel Experience goes to Andaz Singapore. (PHOTO: Singapore Tourism Board)
Best Shopping Mall Experience goes to. The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. (PHOTO: Singapore Tourism Board)
Best Retail Store Experience goes to TANGS. (PHOTO: Singapore Tourism Board)