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May 2020

Business Events Council Malaysia Appeals to the Government to Restart Crucial Sector

By | 2020

The Council is appealing to the Malaysian Government to make a clear distinction between business events and mass gatherings with a view, to establish a restart date for this crucial economic sector of the country. Currently under the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) which was enforced due to the COVID-19 pandemic, conferences and exhibitions in the country, are prohibited from taking place

Chairman of the Business Events Council Malaysia (BECM), Alan Pryor, said that it was important for the government to understand that the business events industry can operate safely under the comprehensive standard operating procedures (SOPs).

Malaysia’s business events venues and facilities according to the chairman, can offer controlled environments with high quality operational standards to ensure the health and safety of people which, has always been the primary concern, of the business events industry. As such he mentioned the sector, should not be subject to the mass gathering restrictions that apply to other large-scale events such as weddings, religious gatherings, sports events and concerts.

Pryor commented: “Event venues are economic engines for their cities and communities, creating significant tax and travel revenues as well as jobs. That is why, in consultation with the industry, we have developed highly comprehensive SOPs, which demonstrate our focus on ensuring the safety of our employees, clients, suppliers and attendees.

Collectively industry stakeholders have submitted these SOPs to the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) who have in turn, submitted them to the government. We hope that these will demonstrate the proactivity from our industry in working with relevant government authorities to facilitate the reopening of the business events industry sector, which plays a vital role in stimulating Malaysia’s economy.”

Meanwhile the relevant industry sectors have developed a range of comprehensive SOPs with the support of industry associations which incorporate the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), food safety measures, air quality control, surface cleaning, and physical and social distancing.

Based on the SOPs, Malaysian business event venues will also be required to implement a variety of other measures including temperature checks, thermal cameras, hand sanitisers, reduced touch-points, contactless transactions and daily monitoring systems. Specifics of these SOPs will be further customised for each venue and event to ensure the health and safety of all involved in the planning and execution of events on site.

“We do hope that the Malaysian Government takes this distinction into account moving forward, as has been happening in other international markets such as China and Germany. Gatherings and events are not all equal and come in many different shapes and sizes. Purpose-built convention centres are required to maintain international standards with controlled environments and stringent operational processes,” Pryor concluded.

PATA Releases 39 Destination-Specific Forecast Reports

By | 2020

The reports delve in the changing dynamics of travel and tourism in the specific destination across the Asia Pacific region with individual forecasts based on: annual visitor arrivals into each destination by source market; annual arrivals from the destination across other Asia Pacific destinations; and aggregate visitor receipts where data availability allows.

In addition, each report also estimates the income and price elasticity of tourism demand highlighting some key visitor trends over the forecast period and analyses, on scheduled inbound flights and seats. Each factor describes in detail how demand preferences are shifting across the Asia Pacific region.

PATA’s chief executive officer, Dr. Mario Hardy stated that the world is data-driven and it is the focus on hard data that will, offer a significant advantage to destinations that can best identify, and cater to source markets that will be the first to travel again once, the current pandemic is brought under control.

He further said, “Budgets are likely to be very tight in the near-term, so a strong alignment of activity directed toward those source markets with the strongest potential for conversion to travel, will be essential.”

Knowing those markets according to Dr. Hardy, when they are likely to rebound with travel, will be critical in delivering cost-effective results. The income and price elasticity as shown in the reports for many of the source markets will, be an important factor in this regard he added.

PATA Strategic Intelligence Centre has updated series of destination reports which are designed to present insights into the ever-present shifts and changes that occur in the travel and tourism sector and in such a way that strategic actions, can be better facilitated.

Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre is on Track

By | 2020

Work on the WCEC is slightly ahead of schedule. All 220 piles have been put in place and 60 per cent of the base layer concrete had been poured when the Alert Level 4 lockdown was imposed by the New Zealand Government. Work resume on the April 28 as New Zealand entered Alert Level 3.

The 18,000 square metre WCEC is, Wellington’s  first premium conference and exhibition with conference facility spread across two floors capable of hosting multiple smaller conferences simultaneously, or a large convention of up to 1400 delegates.

Earlier in April, the centre announced a virtual planning tool to help users create and develop their own event floor plans, whilst becoming more familiar with the rooms and flexibility of the centre throughout the construction period.

Once an event has been created, it can then be sent to the user as reference or go straight to the sales team to receive pricing and indication of availability.

According to WellingtonNZ Regional Development Destination and Attraction’s general manager David Perks whilst the events industry is currently severely impacted by Covid-19 the industry, is preparing to organise conferences and events as soon as it’s safe to do so.

“We know clients have an interest in bringing events to Wellington, its New Zealand’s capital city and seat of parliament with access to Ministers and key government officials.

“It’s also home to multiple universities and research institutes, is easy to get around, has great access to cultural, retail, environmental and natural activities, and its people are fabulous hosts and ambassadors for New Zealand.”

Please contact the Business Events Wellington team at conventioncentre@wellingtonnz.com for more information.

Work has started on the Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre.