the world are fighting COVID-19
In Melbourne, Australia, AIME 2020 proceeded as usual from February 17 to 19, 2020 in the midst of COVID-19. About 2,500 participants and 300 companies attended the event, marking a 20% increase up from the previous year. Event organizers ensured a successful event by closely communicating with all participants and addressing misinformation about COVID-19 prior to the event to reduce anxiety.
In Singapore, MICE experts united to establish the 'Crisis Management Strategy' and organize the 'Recovery Task Force' to determine event guidelines, openings, and cancellations. By systematically managing the crisis, event organizers were able to successfully host 'The Global Space and Technology Convention.'
In Thailand, organizers gained trust and respect by successfully launching 3 exhibitions with a collective total of about 40,000 participants after the outbreak of COVID-19. In order to proceed with its major MICE events—including 18 conventions and 6 international exhibitions—Thailand has been managing the entries through its international airports with strict examinations and procedures. In addition, after COVID-19 was officially declared a pandemic by WHO, the Thailand government extended the payment period for bank debts, reduced interest rates, withheld taxes, paid wages, lowered rent, and boldly supported small- and medium-sized enterprises.
In Macao, the 'Cross-Departmental Team,' which was established at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, is operating support programs across 5 fields. The Team is working to lessen the negative impact of the pandemic by reducing taxes and fees, supporting small- and medium-sized enterprises and providing subsidies as well as launching educational programs for employment security, and more.