The Singapore Tourism Board has said it will start accepting applications for MICE events that can host up to 250 people from October, significantly expanding the current 50-person limit.
The STB will review all proposals and organisers will only be able to proceed with approval from the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
Event organisers will need to demonstrate their ability to implement safe management practices.
The STB said it will work with the MICE industry to adapt and adjust our protocols for safe business events.
“This move to start accepting applications to pilot events of up to 250 attendees also takes into account the importance of the MICE industry as well as the strong industry interest in and demand for business events,” the STB said in a press release.
According to a MICE Economic Impact Assessment commissioned by STB in 2019, the industry supported more than 34,000 jobs with an economic value-add of $3.8 billion, or nearly one percent of Singapore’s GDP. Business travellers also spend almost double that of leisure travellers, making them high-yield visitors.
The gradual resumption of business events will help maintain Singapore’s position as a leading MICE hub and retain critical capabilities, while safeguarding jobs and livelihoods in the industry and other related sectors, it said.