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Tuesday, 08 September, 2020, 17 : 07 PM [IST]

STB to start approving pilot MICE events with 250 pax from October 1

The Singapore Tourism Board, in its endeavour to gradually resume economic activities, is set to open accepting applications for organising MICE events on pilot basis from October 1, 2020. STB and the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) will review all MICE event proposals, and event organisers may proceed only upon obtaining approval.

Organisers applying for pilot events must demonstrate their ability to implement Safe Management Measures to meet a set of health and safety outcomes. The decision to restart the process comes on the back of STB’s Safe Business Events Framework for business events of up to 50 attendees, which was first announced in July 2020. 

STB operationalised the framework with two pilots – the first concluded successfully in August 2020, while plans for the second pilot, which will take place in late September 2020, are underway.

As more insights and data are obtained through these pilot events, STB will work with the MICE industry to adapt and adjust our protocols for safe business events.

According to a MICE Economic Impact Assessment commissioned by STB in 2019, the industry supported more than 34,000 jobs with an economic value-add of USD 3.8 billion, or nearly one perc ent of Singapore’s GDP. Business travellers also spend almost double that of leisure travellers, making them high-yield visitors.

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.
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.”

 
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