Sarawak accelerates vaccinations for MICE industry

Frontliners in Sarawak who have taken their vaccine shots

Sarawak’s business events and tourism industry became the first industry in Malaysia to initiate the Industrial Covid-10 Vaccination Centre programme.

Over 2,000 industry frontliners have voluntarily registered for the Industrial Vaccination Programme through their respective employers, and are expected to be vaccinated during this four-day programme which began on June 24 at the Association of Churches Sarawak.

Frontliners in Sarawak who have taken their vaccine shots

This initiative is being led by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Sarawak in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia, Sarawak Tourism Federation, Ministry of Health Malaysia and Timberland Medical Centre in Kuching.

Sarawak’s minister of tourism, arts and culture, Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah said in a press statement: “The Sarawak Government recognises that the business events and tourism industry is one of the state’s core economic sectors. The vaccination programme is an imperative step to successfully protect over 2,000 industry frontliners; an assuring sign that Sarawak will be ready to open for business activities once more.

“Vaccinating the industry is in tandem with the Sarawak Government’s target to vaccinate at least 80 per cent of the local population by the end of August.”

More than one million people in Sarawak have been vaccinated so far, and the industry is hopeful that Sarawak will be able to relax travel restrictions so that regional business events can be hosted at the end of this year.

Sarawak’s business events industry is already laying the groundwork to prepare for the reopening of business travel.

Amelia Roziman, acting CEO of Business Events Sarawak, shared: “When events return to our shores, we will have the SOPs ready for implementation, and business events planners can take advantage of our incentivised packages. Even our industry partners are gearing up by getting involved in extensive education programmes to strengthen their professionalism.”

Amelia also added that discussions are being held between Business Events Sarawak and the Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau to forge a possible interstate collaboration.

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