After serving as the president of SAI in Gaithersburg, Maryland, for seven years, Patrick Stoup became the company’s CEO in 2014. When he is not working, Patrick Stroup enjoys traveling and counts Singapore and Switzerland among his favorite destinations. In Switzerland, he has made the trek to Jungfraujoch, an attraction built on a mountain peak in the Bernese Alps.
Known as the “top of Europe,” Jungfraujoch sits between the mountains Jungfrau and Monch. Accessible by railway, the area is home to the Monchsjoch Hut, the highest-altitude mountain hut in the world, and the Sphinx Observatory, which provides a 360-degree view of the mountain range. From there is Alpine Sensation, a 250-meter-long moving walkway of lights and music. The walkway leads to the Ice Palace, a cave full of majestic ice sculptures. In the summer, Snow Fun Park provides opportunities for skiing and snowboarding.
Several restaurants are available, as well as Lindt Swiss Chocolate Heaven, for those with a sweet tooth. In addition, there are several exhibitions and multimedia shows open to visitors.
SAI CEO Patrick Stoup is a business leader in the defense and space industries. He has enjoyed domestic and international travel for both business and pleasure. Over a 40 year span has visited such places as Germany, Italy, Austria, the United Kingdom, Canada, the Bahamas, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, France, Switzerland, Sweden, and Singapore. Singapore is one of Mr. Stoup’s favorite places.
Offering warm weather and reasonable hotel rates year round, Singapore does not really have a bad time to visit. Typically, Singapore has a steady amount of business travelers coming and going, but some hotels claim that business visitors drop off a bit in July and August. During these months, tourists often can find the best hotel rates and enjoy their trip with slightly smaller crowds. This break in crowds often extends into October, but the Southwest Monsoon normally arrives between June and September.
Other than that, the rest of the year stays fairly busy. Between November and June, Singapore is awash with business travelers and winter leisure travelers, making for a very busy experience. There also are the city’s multiples holiday festivals that bring in more visitors and result in higher hotel prices. Singapore also experiences its second annual monsoon, the Northeast Monsoon, between November and January. The Northeast Monsoon is much more severe than the Southwest one, and the city often sees an average of 12 inches of rain at its peak.
An experienced executive, Patrick Stoup oversees budgeting and strategy operations in his role as chief executive officer of government contracting firm SAI in Gaithersburg, Maryland. As a frequent traveler for for over 30 years for both business and pleasure, Patrick Stoup has visited a number of locations across the world, including Hong Kong.
Hong Kong is home to a number of famous tourist destinations, including the Wong Tai Sin Temple and Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade. However, perhaps the city’s most prominent attraction is The Peak Tower. For years, this building has served as Hong Kong’s center of entertainment and leisure.
One of The Peak Tower’s most well-known features is its Peak Tram, which has operated since the late 1880s. This famous train departs from the Lower Terminus, where visitors can visit The Peak Tram Historical Gallery before heading up to the tower itself. Sitting 428 meters, which is more than 1,400 feet, above Hong Kong, The Peak Tower boasts a unique anvil-shaped silhouette. Inside its walls, visitors can shop at a number of stores and restaurants or visit the city’s Madame Tussauds wax museum location. The Peak Tower’s Sky Terrace 428 observation deck sits atop the building, providing stunning views of Victoria Harbor and the nearby islands. Mr. Stoup has visited Peak Tower and can attest to the magnificent view and Tram ride experience.