Airline competition is evolving from lounges to loungewear in the front of the plane. Hey, if they have lie-flat seats on long-haul flights, then frequent flyers might as well walk the aisles and sleep in style.
A bullet train traveling between both countries would be a boon not only for tourism, but also for business. Having seen the positive impact high-speed trains have on tourism and economies in Asia, it makes us wonder why bullet trains haven't yet made their way to the Americas?
Singapore Airlines will defend its home turf against United Airlines by launching new non-stops between Singapore and San Francisco. The airline does not have the perfect aircraft, but it will make due for a couple of years until a better plane arrives.
Even though Singapore's casinos had a difficult year, tourism still saw an small uptick. Analysts expect to see stronger visitor growth this year.
Singapore is developing more strategic storytelling, more digital content, and more experiential marketing campaigns to show that the city-state has a dynamic and creative personality.
As Changi doubles its capacity to more than 135 million travelers during the next decade, it will become an even greater model for how to mass produce an iconic and superior passenger experience while treating each passenger like they actually matter.
While global travel brands like Uber and Airbnb have had trouble scaling and competing in Southeast Asia, Singapore is a major meeting point for big brands and startups to learn what works, create partnerships and, for the startups, to grab venture funding in the region.
Cheap fuel makes long-haul affordable, but United will have to content with passengers who start loving this route yet worry the rug will be yanked out from under them when costs go back up.
Singapore and 'fun' are not traditionally considered a pair. But it's a smart move by the tourism board to pitch the city's benefits to the men and women usually stuck in their business hotels.
Even as it grows and evolves, the aerotropolis at Changi Airport remains a critical case study on getting the airport experience right.