Singapore to allow events of up to 250 attendees to begin in October

Singapore is gearing up to allow events up to 250 people from October with a number of pilot events leading the way.

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) will start accepting applications for organisers to pilot business events of up to 250 attendees from October 1.

Organisers must meet a set of health and safety outcomes and may only proceed with the approval of both the STB and the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI).

Recognising health and safety as key imperatives, the Alliance for Action on Enabling Safe and Innovative Visitor Experiences has developed a prototype for safe tradeshows and exhibitions, which would not have been permitted to resume in their pre-COVID-19 format.

The prototype will provide delegates with the degree of interaction they would be accustomed to in a regular tradeshow setting – but in a far safer way which minimises infection risks.

This will be tested at a few tradeshows, starting with a new event in November called TravelRevive – powered by ITB Asia & STB.

To prepare Singapore for the eventual resumption of leisure travel, the Alliance has also designed safe itineraries, which will be trialled with the MICE delegates of TravelRevive.

These itineraries comprise a selection of leisure activities that not only comply with prevailing safe management guidelines, but also provide high quality bespoke experiences supported by ground handlers and tourist guides, who will assist with visitor movement management.

Foreign delegates of the pilot events will also be required to use TraceTogether to facilitate contact tracing. The industry is also working with government agencies to develop a travel insurance product for inbound travellers by the end of 2020, to cover critical COVID-19-related expenses.

“The MICE sector is a strategic one for the Singapore economy, and its safe and gradual resumption will safeguard jobs and core capabilities,” said Keith Tan, chief executive of STB.

“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.”