MITEC reopens as Malaysian Government eases restrictions on large events

The Malaysia International Trade & Exhibition Centre (MITEC) is reopening its facilities once again and is set to provide a springboard in Malaysia for business recovery, following the Government’s announcement that business events are now allowed in the states under Phase 3 and Phase 4, effective from 18 October 2021. 

Attendees and visitors are limited to 50% capacity in the states under Phase 3, with physical distancing applied and industry association MACEOS has proposed a 4sqm per person density rate for exhibitions. There are stringent SOPs and a 2.25 sqm per person density rate in the states under Phase 4.

All staff at MITEC are fully vaccinated and will ensure strict adherence to SOPs as prescribed by the Government in the implementation of all events.

MITEC has introduced the Smart Trade Zone (STZ) platform and co-working space, an incubator programme which also helps businesses harvest new potential trade leads.

Mala Dorasamy, acting chief executive officer, MITEC, said: “With the re-opening of business events, we look forward to welcoming back all conferences and exhibitions. MITEC has contributed in strengthening SMEs and significantly contributed to job creation. We have generated more than 841,000 gig worker labour hours and created jobs for over 100,000 people since our inception.”

Positioned as the gateway to Southeast Asia, MITEC has been graced by some of the world’s most prominent events such as the SEA Games 2017, Defense Services Asia Exhibition and Conference 2018, Global Halal Summit 2019, SEMICON Southeast Asia 2019, ASEAN Super 8, POWERGen Asia 2019, Malaysian International Furniture Fair, Malaysia International Water Convention 2019, Malaysia International Halal Showcase (MIHAS) 2019, TCE Baby Expo 2020 and more.

The venue has been the game-changer in the nation’s business events industry and catalyst of a new township, KL Metropolis. Hotel and service suites are now available within walking distance such as Arte Mont Kiara, and Somerset Metropolis will be ready by 2023.

MITEC collaborated with Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (MOSTI) to successfully operate the mega PPV, handling over 12,000 people for vaccinations per day. MITEC also collaborated with Malaysia International Trade Industry to operate as one of the Industrial Vaccination Centre’s (PIKAS), under the Public-Private Partnership collaboration.

MITEC has also partnered with the Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB) for the ‘Lets Meet tomorrow’ and ‘Let’s Meet Locally’ campaigns, aimed at encouraging new domestic events in Malaysia.

“We thank Malaysia Association of Conventions, Exhibitions, Organisers & Suppliers (MACEOS), Business Events Council Malaysia (BECM), Ministry of Tourism Arts & Culture (MOTAC) and the industry for supporting the re-opening of the business events industry, it is crucial now for all to work together to catalyse the growth and innovation of industry. With the relaxation of domestic travel, 50% capacity currently permitted and introduction of travel bubbles, Malaysia is indeed on the road to recovery,” Mala added.