SIEW 2020 and TravelRevive are first off

By Gerardine Donough-Tan

Further relaxation on the size of physical MICE events from October 1 will see organisers being able to upscale from 50 attendees to 250 in total. Applications must be submitted to the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and approved by the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

First off are the Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) Conference and TravelRevive in October and November, respectively. Both events will be held at Marina Bay Sands, but TravelRevive will also have offsite leisure activities – all duly complying with safety protocols.

Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) 2020

SIEW 2020 is among the first few hybrid events with onsite attendance of up to 250 delegates, and live streaming to many more local and overseas remote participants. Organiser the Energy Market Authority said the hybrid model would enable exchange of views and perspectives on energy issues across the week, while ensuring SIEW continues to deliver quality content and thought leadership.

“SIEW 2020 delegates can expect to engage in insightful energy dialogues, whether they are onsite or participating virtually. Registration is open, and we look forward to welcoming all participants. Safe management measures will be put in place for all onsite events to ensure the safety and well-being of delegates,” said the spokesperson.

The program includes Asia Clean Energy Summit conference and exhibition, Singapore Energy Summit, global ministerial conference and thinktank roundtables.

TravelRevive –  powered by ITB Asia & STB

While the annual ITB Asia is virtual this year, organiser Messe Berlin (Singapore) is partnering with STB “to bring international delegates and businesses together to exchange ideas, bridge knowledge gaps, and reimagine the future of travel”. The event will be held on November 25 and 26.

Singapore has implemented special travel arrangements with some countries to facilitate travel while safeguarding public health.

“Foreign delegates coming under the Reciprocal Green Lane Arrangements are required to apply for a SafeTravel Pass and adhere to a pre-declared controlled itinerary which is further subjected to a set of terms of conditions, in addition to prevailing stringent public health and safe distancing measures in Singapore,” said STB Executive Director, Exhibitions & Conferences, Andrew Phua.

If there are changes to the approved event itinerary, STB must be informed at least three days in advance for further review, he added.

“We are proud to be able to play a leading role in the restart of the industry by working with STB to host the first pilot event, TravelRevive,” Katrina Leung, Managing Director, Messe Berlin (Singapore) said. “The hybrid event will see us working closely with government and industry players to explore and pioneer innovative experiences that will transform the way business events are run in the future.”

“Digital enablers” will be deployed for a seamless and safe visitor experience from arrival to departure, but specific details are not available yet.

STB said safe itineraries will be trialled in TravelRevive. “These itineraries comprise a selection of leisure activities that not only comply with prevailing safe management guidelines, but also provide high-quality, bespoke experiences supported by ground handlers and tourist guides, who will assist with visitor movement management.”

Venue Sands Expo and Convention Centre is developing new prototypes such as meeting pods and exhibition booths with plexiglass guards which will be tested at TravelRevive.