The positive news for meetings and events keeps coming out of Singapore. Not only is the city allowing people from Australia and New Zealand to visit from this week, and permitting 250-pax events to take place, but it has now launched the world’s first roadmap for the MICE and events industry.

The Events Industry Resilience Roadmap (IRR) has been launched by the Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (SACEOS) together with Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Enterprise Singapore (ESG).

It provides guidance on safety measures and best practices in line with the gradual resumption of business events, and presents three strategic objectives: Helping the industry to implement best-in-class standards under STB’s Safe Business Events Framework; creating agile business models with a focus on hybridisation; and developing pathways for professional development in the new way forward.

Apart from providing advice for event organisers, venues and suppliers on the safe management of events in Singapore, the Event Industry Resilience Roadmap also includes best-in-class practices, a long-term plan for business models to pivot into, innovative solutions for hybrid events and a capabilities development plan to support the enterprises and workforce to survive, thrive, and emerge stronger from the pandemic.

Ms Dilys Boey, assistant chief executive officer of Enterprise Singapore said: “The development of the Event Industry Resilience Roadmap is a significant step as Singapore resumes MICE events.

“Enterprise Singapore would like to congratulate SACEOS on this milestone and thank the association for leading the industry in building resilience and new capabilities. Together with SACEOS, STB and industry partners, we look forward to strengthening our enterprises through innovation and capability development so as to emerge stronger from the pandemic.”

Mr Yap Chin Siang, deputy chief executive for the Singapore Tourism Board said: “As we gradually resume MICE events safely, we are heartened that SACEOS has taken the lead to work with STB and ESG on the Event Industry Resilience Roadmap.

“This roadmap will be a valuable guide to our industry during this period, to help them build new capabilities and emerge stronger. We look forward to working closely with our industry partners to rebuild and recover, and set Singapore apart as the world’s leading destination for safe, trusted and innovative business events.”

Taking events back over to Singapore has become even more of a possibility.