Safe and progressive resumption of large business events.
Larger business-to-business (B2B) events in the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) industry are set to return to Singapore with up to 750 attendees with effect from 24 Apr 2021. This is an increase from the current limit of 250 attendees and is in line with the safe and progressive resumption of economic activities in Singapore.
Following the Multi-Ministry Taskforce’s (MTF) announcement on the launch of the pre-event testing (PET) framework at selected events across different settings, businesses can apply to the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) to organise the following pilot events:
- Larger B2B events of up to 750 attendees, with PET for all attendees
- B2B events of up to 250 attendees, without PET
The cohort size of 50 pax per zone applies. With effect from 24 April 2021, Event Organisers (EOs) of approved B2B events can also increase the cohort size to 50 pax per zone, up from 20.
More details on the Safe Management Measures (SMM) and application process will be released at a later date.
Local residents who have completed the full COVID-19 vaccination regimen (with a further two weeks from the second dose to develop sufficient protection) are exempted from pre-event testing.
MOH will be releasing further information and tools to support the implementation of pre-event testing, which will be made available at go.gov.sg/pet when ready.
All B2B event applications with more than 50 participants must be submitted to STB for approval by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI). EOs must demonstrate their ability to implement the rigorous SMMs under STB’s Safe Business Events (SBE) framework.
Since the launch of STB’s Safe Business Events framework in July 2020, close to 60 events hosting over 7,000 attendees have been held in Singapore, with no reported cases of COVID-19 infection.
To help the industry develop innovative hybrid business models and pathways for new capabilities, the Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (SACEOS), with the support of STB and Enterprise Singapore (ESG), developed the Event Industry Resilience Roadmap (IRR) in Oct 2020.
For a timeline on how Singapore has progressively resumed MICE events, refer to Annex A.
The pilot events and the gradual increase in capacity limits are important steps to support the recovery of Singapore’s MICE industry and bolster the country’s position as a leading MICE hub.
Prior to COVID-19, the MICE industry supported more than 34,000 jobs with an economic value-add of SGD3.8 billion (USD2.8 billion), or nearly one percent of Singapore’s GDP.
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