Larger business-to-business (B2B) events in the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions (MICE) industry are set to return to Singapore with up to 750 attendees with effect from 24 Apr 2021. This is an increase from the current limit of 250 attendees and is in line with the safe and progressive resumption of economic activities in Singapore.
Following the Multi-Ministry Taskforce’s (MTF) announcement today on the launch of the pre-event testing (PET) framework at selected events across different settings, businesses can apply to the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) to organise the following pilot events:
(i) Larger B2B events of up to 750 attendees, with PET for all attendees
(ii) B2B events of up to 250 attendees, without PET
The cohort size of 50 pax per zone applies to (i) and (ii). With effect from 24 April 2021, Event Organisers (EOs) of approved B2B events can also increase the cohort size to 50 pax per zone, up from 20.
B2B events of up to 750 pax B2B events of up to 250 pax
Cohort size of 50 pax per zone
Safe distancing of at least 1metre between individuals at all times
PET required for all attendees*
*Local residents who have completed the full COVID-19 vaccination regimen (with a further two weeks from the second dose to develop sufficient protection) are exempted from pre-event testing. MOH will be releasing further information and tools to support the implementation of pre-event testing, which will be made PET not required for local residents
1 Business to Business events such as meetings, conferences and exhibitions.
available at https://go.gov.sg/pet when ready.
More details on the Safe Management Measures and application process will be released at a later date. Event Organisers (EO) can continue sending in their application form and proposal to STB at email@example.com.
More details can be found here: https://www.stb.gov.sg/content/stb/en/home- pages/advisory-for-MICE.html
All B2B event applications with more than 50 participants must be submitted to STB for approval by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI). EOs must demonstrate their ability to implement the rigorous SMMs under STB’s Safe Business Events (SBE) framework2. Details of the application process for larger B2B events for up to 750 pax will be released before 24 April 2021.
These events will allow STB and the industry to adjust safety protocols and testbed innovative formats and processes, as we progressively scale up capacities for larger B2B events.
Progressive resumption of MICE events
Since the launch of STB’s Safe Business Events framework in July 2020, close to 60 events hosting over 7,000 attendees have been held in Singapore, with no reported cases of COVID-19 infection.
The pilots started with a cap of 50 attendees per event and was scaled up to 250 attendees per event in October 2020. Successful pilot events include the Asia Pacific MedTech Virtual Forum 2020 in Sep 2020, the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) Conference in Nov 2020, Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) Conference in Oct 2020, and the Milken Institute Summit Asia in Dec 2020.
2 Under STB’s Safe Business Events framework introduced in July 2020 for events of up to 50 attendees, EOs must achieve five key outcomes. The framework was created in consultation with the industry and is aligned with international best practices. More information here.
To test different models and workflows across different settings, STB had trialled a larger event format, with PET for all attendees, at the Professional Convention Management Association – Convening Leaders (PCMA CL) 20213 in Jan 2021.
At the same time, a prototype for safe tradeshows and exhibitions was developed by the Alliance for Action on Enabling Safe and Innovative Visitor Experiences convened by the Emerging Stronger Taskforce4 (EST). This prototype deployed digital enablers to facilitate a seamless and safe end-to-end visitor experience, and comprises safe itineraries, offering delegates a selection of leisure activities that comply with safe management guidelines.
TravelRevive in November 2020, the first major international tradeshow to take place physically in Asia Pacific during COVID-19, was the first to trial this hybrid format, attracting close to 1,000 local and international physical attendees. Geo Connect Asia (GCA) 2021, to be held on 24 and 25 Mar 2021, is the second event to do so. GCA 2021 will feature new formats, processes and digital enablers to enhance safety, such as Geo Suites – where typical tradeshow floors will be replaced by ballrooms converted into exhibition booths. Each booth caters to a single exhibitor, to minimise intermingling between different cohorts. The Safe Event platform, a technology solution6 created by local companies Viatick and Trakomatic during the SafeEvent Challenge at IMDA’s Open Innovation Platform, will also be trialled at GCA 2021.
To help the industry develop innovative hybrid business models and pathways for new capabilities, the Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (SACEOS), with the support of STB and Enterprise Singapore (ESG), developed the Event Industry Resilience Roadmap (IRR) in Oct 2020. The aim was to establish best-in-class standards for safe business events.
3 Convening Leaders is PCMA’s largest annual conference that discusses the latest innovation in event technology, meeting design and business event strategy. It is held annually within the USA and moved out of North America to Singapore for the first time in its 64-year history.
4 The Emerging Stronger Taskforce (EST) was formed under the Future Economy Council (FEC) to review how Singapore can stay economically resilient and build new sources of dynamism to emerge stronger from COVID-19..
5 TravelRevive was used as a platform to testbed our first prototype for safe business events, safe itineraries and digital enablers in Singapore, developed by the Alliance for Action on Enabling Safe and Innovative Visitor Experiences, under the EST.
6 The solution taps on geospatial technology to monitor attendees’ movements throughout the event via an app and
temperature-tracking wearables, and also allows automated check-in through facial