MACEOS calls business event players to support economic recovery

by NURUL SUHAIDI / pic credit: maceos.org.my

THE Malaysian Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (MACEOS) is urging the event industry players to pour effort in accelerating the national immunisation goals.

In support of the vaccination rollout,  20 venue operators have turned their facilities as vaccine delivery centres (PPV), dispensing close to 125,000 vaccine doses daily equivalent to 30% from an average of 400,000 doses.

With the inclusion of additional PPV, the country now has the world’s second-highest immunisation rate per capita.

MACEOS president Francis Teo (picture) said, looking at the current rate by mid-October 2021, 50% of Malaysians could complete their double dose immunisation.

“This will help the country’s economy reopen quickly and restart the business events industry,” he said.

Additionally, 150 Business Events practitioners had volunteered their time as Business Events (BE) Stewards to ensure the smooth-running of the vaccination programmes at various PPVs.

MACEOS and Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), volunteers took on non-clinical tasks at the PPVs to manage the crowd, ensure physical distancing, record temperatures, and monitor registrations.

MACEOS also launched its Safe Business Events (SafeBE) Certification Programme to instil the public confidence and support national economic recovery in business events.

Business Events is witnessing a tremendous expansion of new health safety ideas, procedures, and frameworks, hence safety protocol is crucial to necessitate the industry growth.

The certification will be awarded to exhibition and convention centres that meet the severe SOPs specified by the National Security Council (Majlis Keselamatan Negara — MKN) and recommendations by Malaysia’s health agencies, and is independently audited by Bureau Veritas (M) Sdn Bhd.

The programme also looking to demonstrate that an international framework is in place to ensure that venue facilities are safe, clean, and certified at the highest standards of health and safety measures to maintain a safe environment beyond the prescription set by the authorities.

“Malaysia will be able to position itself as a safe destination for foreign business with this framework in place.  This will enhance Malaysia to win international clients and investors’ trust and confidence,” Teo added.

“This is especially crucial with Langkawi recently being selected as the pilot project in the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture’s tourism recovery plan known as Covid-19 Free Destination Programme.”

MACEOS also collaborated with the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) and the Malaysian Association of Hotels (MAH) to establish Travel Safe Alliance Malaysia (TSAM), an industry-wide safety certification programme.

Under TSAM, a proper health and safety measures and systems in accordance with globally recognised best practises are mandated to provide a safe travel and business environment during and post-pandemic.

“The SafeBE Certification Programme is one of the certification programmes of TSAM apart from the MATTA’s Travel Safe Certification Programme and MAH’s Clean & Safe Malaysia Certification Programme,” Teo explained.