Big Ideas

Singapore Power Lunch

Is the meetings industry part of the hospitality industry, or is the hospitality industry part of the meetings industry?

At a “power lunch” hosted by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Singapore Ambassador Heng Chee Chan at the Singapore embassy in Washington, D.C., this afternoon, the answer seemed to be: Yes. Because, while today’s event focused on Singapore as a destination for international meetings and exhibitions, STB and Ambassador Chan seemed most concerned that everyone felt welcome.

Indeed, Kershing Goh, STB’s regional director for the Americas, is based in New York City, but told guests that outside of Singapore, the embassy is her home. “In terms of inviting you to my home,” she said, “this is as good as it gets. This is home.” Likewise, according to Ambassador Chan, “I often tell people, ‘I’m just the landlady here.’ So welcome to our premises.”

Lunch at the landlady’s premises started with cocktails — Singapore Slings were popular — followed by a fresh, inventive four-course meal created by Chef Ed Cotton, a finalist on the most recent season of TV’s “Top Chef,” which was filmed partially in Singapore. Not that it was all F&B. “Why did we call this a power lunch?” Ambassador Chan said. “It’s because we have people with a great deal of power and influence in this room, so I expect you to meet and make deals.”

Christopher Durso

Christopher Durso formerly was executive editor of Convene.