Today, we launch the second part of our Future Cities series, where we explore how major destinations are using smart design to shape the city of the future. In this installment, we look at how Singapore is striking a balance between built and green space to create a model for destinations looking to grow sustainably. View the article and video here.

This year Singapore is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary as an independent nation and one of the world’s best examples of intelligent urban and economic development. Over the course of half a century, the city-state has been transformed from a sleepy colonial outpost into an international financial services capital, and a global logistics and mobility hub.

According to MasterCard’s 2015 Global Destination Cities Index, Singapore’s five top feeder markets in order of visitors and visitor spend are: Jakarta, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Manila and Shanghai. However, because the state government has developed the city infrastructure so responsibly and promoted itself on the world stage more aggressively over the last decade, the city is now a magnet for leisure and business travelers from Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. From 2005-2014, Singapore’s total international visitor arrivals jumped from 8.94 million to 15.09 million—an almost 69% increase in one decade.
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Read the article on Future Cities to learn more about how Singapore is building the city of the future. Contents include:

  • The Ultimate Transportation Hub
  • Becoming Asia’s First Realized Smart City
  • Striking a Balance Between Urban and Green Space

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Future Cities is a collaboration between Skift and MasterCard, exploring how major destinations are preparing for the new age of urban mobility. From connected infrastructure to smart technologies, this series looks at how global cities are creating seamless and personalized experiences for visitors and residents. 

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