The Malaysian government has recently announced it’s intentions to reopen the business events sector with certain restrictions. This is due to an improving health climate as new cases of COIVD-19 within the nation has remained relatively low over the past few weeks.
In a short statement, the Business Events Council Malaysia (BECM) praised the government’s decision, which allowed the industry to host domestic events with up to 250 participants effective immediately, under comprehensive Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
Malaysia is a key business hub within the SEA region; as such, the business events industry serves as a key part of Malaysia’s economy. The reopening of the industry affirms the Government’s confidence that the sector can operate safely, and provide a controlled, regulated and secure environment for the commencement of events.
“The entire industry is excited to have been given the green light to resume business events, and we would like to express our appreciation to the Government for their support and understanding. We would also like to thank the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) for their critical role in communicating with the Government during this time and working with us to develop and present our SOPs, which are focused on ensuring the safety of everyone involved in business events,” said Mr Alan Pryor, Chairman of BECM.
“Our industry understands that it is crucial in this new environment to deliver assurance and trust through the delivery of safe, hygienic, secure and controlled business events, and that is why, the industry as a whole, worked very hard to develop the comprehensive SOPs, in line with directives stipulated by the Malaysian Government and guidelines and standards outlined by the World Health Organisation (WHO), to deliver safe, hygienic and healthy environments for all. It was great to witness how everyone came together to develop the various SOPs. This process has truly strengthened the voice of our industry and we recognise and thank all partners and stakeholders for their active involvement,” he continued.
Dato’ Sri Abdul Khani bin Daud, CEO of MyCEB, also shared his enthusiasm for the reopening of business events in the country. He says that business events are key economic drivers for Malaysia and an important contributor to the visitor and knowledge economy. He also mentions that the recommencement of the sector can serve as support for the governments continual efforts to enhance social and economic growth during the recovery period.