Singapore Tourism Board (STB) has announced that in line the policy of safe and gradual resumption of economic activities in Singapore, it will start accepting applications for organisers to pilot Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, and Exhibitions(MICE) events up to 250 attendees from 1st October 2020
STB and the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) will review all MICE event proposals, and event organisers may proceed only upon obtaining MTI’s approval. There will be pilot events taking place under this arrangement, such as the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) Conference, in October 2020.
This move to start accepting applications to pilot events of up to 250 attendees takes into account the importance of the MICE industry as well as the strong industry interest in and demand for business events.
The gradual resumption of business events will help maintain Singapore’s position as a leading MICE hub and retain critical capabilities while safeguarding jobs and livelihoods in the industry and other related sectors.
To guide the MICE industry in developing its agility and building resilience post-COVID-19, the Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (SACEOS) is collaborating with STB and Enterprise Singapore (ESG) to formulate an Event Industry Resilience Roadmap (IRR). The roadmap will be launched later this month and provides timely guidance on safety measures and best practices in line with the gradual resumption of business events.
Keith Tan, Chief Executive, Singapore Tourism Board, said: “The MICE sector is a strategic one for the Singapore economy, and its safe and gradual resumption will safeguard jobs and core capabilities. It will also help those in related sectors such as hospitality and aviation. Public health and safety remain our utmost priority, and we have worked closely with the industry to create strict protocols and develop new ways of organising events. These pilot events and solutions will help Singapore lead the way as a safe, trusted, and innovative destination for MICE events.”