Two pilot conferences to lead Singapore’s roadmap for safe events

With the resumption of economic activities in Singapore, Singapore Tourism Board (STB) is preparing for the calibrated and safe resumption of business events in the coming months.

To do so, STB has developed a risk management framework for business events of up to 50 attendees, based on strict safe management measures. STB will trial this framework with two pilot events before gradually scaling up to other events and event organisers thereafter.

Under STB’s Safe Business Event Risk Management Framework, organisers must achieve five key outcomes – infection control measures for every stage of an event attendee’s journey (pre- to post-event); limits on crowd density; limits on close contacts between individuals; ensuring a safe and clean environment; and preparing for emergencies relating to COVID-19.

To prepare for this transition, STB’s Safe Business Event Framework will be applied to two potential “hybrid” events – the 2020 IEEE International Conference on Computational Electromagnetics (August) and the Asia Pacific MedTech Virtual Forum 2020 (September).

Each event will feature a maximum of 50 onsite attendees, in addition to approximately 1000 attendees participating virtually across both events.

STB and Enterprise Singapore are also collaborating with the Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (SACEOS) to formulate an Industry Resilience Roadmap.

“Singapore’s business events sector has shown much resilience during this difficult period, and we are grateful for their innovativeness and adaptability,” said Keith Tan, STB’s chief executive.

“While COVID-19 has severely disrupted the industry, I am confident that Singapore will lead the way in reimagining what a safe and high-quality business event could look like. Together with our industry, we want to set Singapore apart as the world’s leading destination for safe, trusted and innovative business events.”

SACEOS president Aloysius Arlando said the industry is “at a strategic crossroads”.

“I am heartened that many of our members and industry players have leveraged this crisis as an opportunity to innovate and upskill,” he said.

“We are taking a whole-of-industry approach to establishing safe operating standards and resilient businesses. Together with STB and industry, we have marshalled our collective wisdom and strength to formulate the IRR and ensure Singapore can continue to be competitive; a global Asia node in a COVID-19-safe world.”