Malaysia: events industry rallies behind vaccine rollout

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Business events industry leaders in Malaysia have met online to help coordinate support for the Covid-19 recovery effort – including more manpower for vaccination centres.

Organised by the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), the meeting convened stalwarts from industry trade associations who agreed on two points of action.

The first, through the Malaysian Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers & Suppliers, was to recruit more staff at convention centres involved in the vaccination programme.

MyCEB staff and others from the business events industry will be deployed to assist venues such as World Trade Centre KL, MITEC, KL Convention Centre, Setia City Convention Centre, Persada Johor, Borneo Convention Center Kuching, Sabah International Convention Center, Setia SPICE Penang.

Despite avoiding the worst of the outbreak last year, Malaysia has suffered a sharp rise in infections since the beginning of May as it battles to contain more infectious variants of the virus. The country is now recording 5,000-6,000 cases a day and between 60-100 deaths a day.

“The business events industry is intertwined with the rest of the tourism industry, including airlines, venues, caterers and transportation providers. We need each other to recover. We welcome the statement made by YB Dato’ Sri Nancy Shukri, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture early this month in calling for early vaccination for the tourism and business events front liners. Once our industry is vaccinated, we can hopefully reopen,” said Dato’ Sri Abdul Khani Daud, CEO of MyCEB.

The second initiative was the production of the MySafe Business Events Planner which is jointly produced by MyCEB and BECM.  Expected to be ready by the October, the step-by-step guide will help international associations through the safety measures Malaysia has put in place for events.

"We would like to thank the industry players for being vigilant and willing to engage with us for common good. Let us all hope that Malaysia will be able to recover from this pandemic and we will be able to #ComeStrongerTogether to serve the discerning business events community.” added Dato’ Sri Khani.

The meeting was attended by YBhg Dato’ Sri Dr. Irmohizam Ibrahim, Chairman Asia-Pacific of the World Trade Centre Association (WTCA), YBhg Dato’ Vincent Lim, President of Asia Federation of Exhibition & Convention Association (AFECA), Francis Teo, President of Malaysian Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers & Suppliers (MACEOS) and Alan Pryor, President of Business Events Council of Malaysia (BECM).

James Lancaster
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AMI editor James Lancaster is a familiar face in the meetings industry and international association community. Since joining AMI in 2010, he has gained a reputation for asking difficult questions and getting lost in convention centres. Proofer, podcaster, and panellist - in his spare time, James likes to walk, read, listen to music, and drink beer.

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