Page 16 - Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Directory 2020-2021
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 attend in person while others participate virtually. Hybrid events can help organizers reduce some of the loss they may incur if they have to book venues that they cannot fill up with attendees due to social distancing rules. They will, however, now need to pay for equipment such as cameras, display screens, high-quality microphones, dedicated Internet access and on-site technical support.
Thermal Scanners
The current method of temperature checks done at entry points of premises can take up time. Thermal scanners, on the other hand, work faster and can read the temperatures of numerous people at once, making them ideal for large conference venues. They can also reduce the risk of errors that can occur with handheld infrared thermometers.
No More Handshakes and Hugs?
Yes, quite possibly the traditional gestures of greeting one another at business events will continue to decline and make way for waves, bows and fist and elbow bumps as long as the threat of COVID-19 is around.
Fewer Paper Items
As part of the effort to reduce touchpoints, the distribution and exchange of paper items such as business cards, newsletters, brochures and other presentation materials may be reduced and replaced by the sharing of information solely through electronic devices.
Sanitation and Disinfection Stations
To encourage and support healthy hygiene behaviour, meeting venues will likely set up numerous disinfection stations replenished with adequate supplies of hand sanitizers containing at least 60% alcohol, paper towels, tissues, disinfectant wipes and face masks for all attendees. No-touch trash bins may also be a common item.
Visible Housekeeping
In the past, housekeeping staff worked behind the scenes and were hardly seen during MICE events. Now, however, they
may be brought to the front of the house to be seen cleaning and wiping surfaces so that attendees can feel more at ease about the level of sanitation at the venue.
Goodbye, Buffets
Pre-packaged snacks and meals are likely to replace buffet lines at convention venues. Food trucks may also be welcomed so that attendees can pack their own food and also see for themselves the conditions under which their meals are cooked. Seated dinners may also feature plates that are covered as they are brought out from the kitchen. Drinking fountains, if there are any, may also be closed off for good.
Better Ventilation
Wherever possible, windows and doors may be opened at venues, as increasing the circulation of outdoor air has been shown to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Also expected to increase are events and activities that are altogether held outside.
Fewer Seniors
As the group most vulnerable to COVID-19 infections, seniors aged 60 years and older may become an uncommon sight at business events. While some organizers may just discourage the elderly from attending, others may even go as far as imposing a ban.
More Local Attendance
In-person attendees are likely to be locals, as international travellers will need to serve the mandatory 14-day quarantine and may not be able to attend a two or three-day event. Additionally, events with local attendance will be perceived as more safe and in turn attract more local participants.

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