Singapore expected to host more MICE events in 2022
The capacity limit for MICE events in Singapore involving more than 1,000 persons has been raised to 75% as part of the new changes made to the country’s safe management measures.
To come into effect on March 29, 2022, this is an increase from the previous limit of 50% of the maximum number of individuals specified under Singapore’s Fire Safety Act, or 50% of the fixed seating for the event venue, whichever is higher.
At the same time, Singapore will, from April 1 this year, remove all existing vaccinated travel lines (VTL) and unilateral opening arrangements for all fully vaccinated travellers. Under the new vaccinated travel framework, visitors to Singapore will no longer need to apply for entry approvals or take designated VTL transport to enter Singapore quarantine-free.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said, “This will reconnect Singapore with the world, [and] will give us a much-needed boost to businesses, particularly the tourism sector, and help Singaporeans reclaim its position as a business and aviation hub.”
The ability of foreign business delegates to attend events in Singapore more freely will also come as a boon for the MICE industry, as it looks to build on the encouraging recovery of 2021.
Last year, Singapore hosted more than 200 MICE events with almost 50,000 local and international attendees, including the Bloomberg New Economy Forum, which acted as a platform to test new protocols in the country.