Singapore digest news (12.12-17.12)

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Free nature and sustainability tours to be introduced at Gardens by the Bay

Beginning in January and slated to run until 2025, the hour-long tours will take place every Saturday and Sunday, Gardens by the Bay said in a media release on Thursday (Dec 15).

Led by professional guides, the tours will be free for all Singaporeans and Singapore residents. Some itineraries will include access to the cooled conservatories.

January's tours will have the themes Carbon and Climate as well as Urban Wetlands, while February will see visitors embarking on the Biodiversity and Ecosystems, and Seeds and Senses (Smell) tours.


First maskless Christmas since COVID-19: Crowds swell at attractions as tourists return to Singapore

Attractions in Singapore have been pulling out all the stops to ensure their facilities are clean and safe, amid a surge in visitors during the year-end festive holiday period.

This marks the first year-end festive season where people are allowed to gather socially without wearing face masks, and without a limit on group size, since COVID-19 restrictions were put in place.

One such establishment, the Museum of Ice Cream, said it has seen its number of patrons increase by about 50 per cent to 70 per cent since restrictions were eased earlier this year.


More than 2,500 jobs to be created in Singapore’s food manufacturing sector

More than 2,500 jobs in the food manufacturing sector will be created in the short term, allowing workers to take on higher value-added tasks and increase productivity.

This is part of the new Jobs Transformation Map (JTM) for the sector, which recommends strategies for businesses to boost employees’ competitiveness and capabilities.

About a quarter of 22 jobs studied will require redesign, such as training production supervisors to use automation for manual tasks. It also identified eight emerging job roles including those in the creation of novel foods and data analytics.

“Business and workforce transformation must go hand-in-hand. Businesses cannot transform unless their workers are capable of supporting new business models as well as new job roles,” said Manpower Minister Tan See Leng on Wednesday (Dec 14).

“Having skilled workers is what enables a business to be able to transform. At the same time, when businesses transform, workers will also be more motivated to go for reskilling and upskilling to seize new opportunities.”


Singapore to host global sustainable tourism conference for first time in 2024

The push to make Singapore a green destination will get another boost when it hosts the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) global conference for the first time in November 2024.

It will be another notch in the nation’s belt in hosting major sustainability-related events, as part of the Singapore Tourism Board’s (STB) strategy to promote the Republic’s green credentials.

The conference will take place from Nov 13 to 15 in 2024. The GSTC sets and manages the global standards for sustainable travel and tourism, which are used by businesses, government agencies and other organisations, and as a basis for certification.

The 2022 edition of the GSTC global conference, which was held in Seville, Spain, ended on Thursday.

Dr Edward Koh, executive director for conventions, meetings and incentive travel at STB, said: “GSTC’s decision to hold their 2024 global conference in Singapore reflects our growing appeal as a global-Asia node for quality events with sustainability as a focus".


How Singapore is Poised to Take Advantage of Industry 4.0

Singapore’s manufacturing sector is well-positioned to face the challenges and reap the benefits of Industry 4.0. As an established regional powerhouse for advanced manufacturing, the country has already embraced Industry 4.0 and is steadily moving its production base up the value chain.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is already upon us and presents challenges and changes to businesses worldwide. With its robust manufacturing ecosystem, high-skilled talent base, and government support for businesses doing research and innovation, Singapore is well-positioned to take lead in the transition to Industry 4.0.

The country is home to a vibrant start-up scene, which offers opportunities for co-innovation with large multinational companies (MNCs). By some estimates, Singapore is used as a regional headquarter by more than 37,000 international companies and 7,000 MNCs.

More than ever, Singapore’s importance as a base for Industry 4.0 can help foreign businesses reduce investment risk, maximize profit, and harness business opportunities in the region. We explore in greater detail as to why Singapore is ready to take advantage of Industry 4.0.