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Accommodations and Travel
The IRC-2013 will be held at the National Institute of Education (NIE), which is located on the Yunnan Garden Campus of Nanyang Technological University in Singapore.
With a population of about five million people, Singapore is noted as a cosmopolitan city-state with a blend of culture, cuisine, arts, and architecture. There are four official languages: Malay, Chinese, English, and Tamil. The national language is Malay. English is widely spoken, and is the main language taught in schools and used for business and administration.
Participants are responsible for arranging their own local accommodations, but IEA has pre-booked rooms at the following three hotels. Please note that all prices are in Singapore dollars (SGD) and exclude taxes and service charges. Complimentary Internet access is provided in the hotels.
- Pan Pacific Singapore is located at the heart of Marina Bay, about 20 minutes from Changi International Airport. The hotel is within walking distance of many historic Singapore landmarks, and is accessible by public transport. Room rates: S$350 single occupancy and S$380 double occupancy, including breakfast.
- PARKROYAL on Beach Road is centrally located near Singapore’s financial center and ethnic district. Upon request, transport is provided between PARKROYAL on Beach Road and Pan Pacific Singapore. Room rates: S$260 single occupancy and S$280 double occupancy, including breakfast.
- Nanyang Executive Centre (NEC) is located in a quiet corner of the NTU campus, about a 15-minute walk to the conference venue. NEC is approximately 25 km from the city center, and is easily accessible by private or public transport. Parking is available. Room rates: S$150 twin (suitable for two persons), excluding breakfast.
After registering online for the conference, you will receive a confirmation email containing instructions on how to reserve a room at the conference rate. Please follow the instructions and links in the email to ensure that the proper rate is applied to your booking. Participants are strongly advised to reserve their accommodations early.
Travel tips and visa information
From the Singapore Changi Airport, there are several options for traveling into the city, including airport shuttle, taxi, train (MRT), and bus. The airport shuttle service serves selected downtown hotels in Singapore and can be booked in advance or in the arrival hall. Taxis are available at the taxi stands on the arrival levels of each terminal. Fares are metered, but note that there is an additional surcharge for trips originating from the airport (other surcharges may also apply depending on the time of day). The airport is well-connected to the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) network via the Changi Airport MRT station. Riding the MRT into the city takes about 30 minutes, and requires one transfer at the Tanah Merah Station to the westbound train. Bus terminals are located in the basement level of the three main terminals, with buses operating from around 6:00am to midnight daily.
To get to the NIE campus, which is located in the southwestern part of Singapore near the Jurong West Extension area, there is a public bus service that runs from the Boon Lay bus interchange (near the Boon Lay MRT station), as well as a free shuttle bus service that stops near the Pioneer MRT station. The interactive campus map of Nanyang Technological University shows the bus stop locations, and provides directions and links for how to get around campus. A taxi ride from central Singapore to NIE takes approximately 30–40 minutes, subject to traffic conditions.
To facilitate travel to and from the conference reception and dinner, there will be a complimentary shuttle bus service on those evenings. After registering for the conference, participants will receive information about the pick-up times and locations.
PublicTransport@SG provides system maps, arrival times, and fare information, as well as links to the public transport operators. StreetDirectory is an online, interactive city map of Singapore, showing the locations of hotels, places of interest, and MRT stations.
Nationals of some countries require a visa to enter Singapore. The Singapore Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) provides detailed information on entry visa requirements, as well as application forms if a visa is required. Please consult the ICA or your local consular office for the latest information with regards to entering Singapore.
If you need an official invitation letter for visa purposes, please contact the IRC-2013 organizing committee as early as possible.
The weather in Singapore is characteristically warm and humid throughout the year, with temperatures ranging from 31°C (88°F) to 24°C (75°F). Rain showers are usually sudden but brief. The local currency is the Singapore dollar (SGD). Major credit cards are widely accepted, and ATMs, banks, and exchange offices are widely available. Singapore's standard electricity supply is 230V/50Hz. The power plugs are type G (a flat three-pin plug, as used in the UK).
The following links provide practical information for those traveling to and around Singapore:
- YourSingapore: official tourist information, including information on accommodation, dining, and local activities
- Singapore Visitors Centre: locations and opening hours, as well as contact information for the tourist line
- Cafes and canteens (NTU): a list of lunch options on the NTU campus for participants
- Wikitravel Singapore: open source travel guide to Singapore.