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Singapore to pilot bigger meetings as part of ‘gradual reopening’

Bigger conferences will be allowed in Singapore – if pilot events prove successful.

The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) said it would start accepting applications from organisers for events of up to 250 people from October 1st, up from the present limit of 50 attendees.

The increase is part of a wider plan to ‘resume economic activities’ in a ‘safe and gradual’ way, according to STB.

Organisers who apply to pilot events with up to 250 attendees must demonstrate their ability to implement Safe Management Measures to meet a set of health and safety outcomes.

One pilot event already confirmed is Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) Conference, a hybrid event taking place at Marina Bay Sands, 26-30 October.

The decision to accept applications to pilot so-called MICE events (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions) of up to 250 attendees 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.

STB says it will adapt and adjust its protocols for safe business events as more insights and data are obtained through these pilot events.

Keith Tan, CEO, 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.”