The Department of Tourism published on Wednesday the guidelines for the holding of meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibitions (MICE) in areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).
The DOT Administrative Order No. 2020-03 states that MICE suppliers, exhibitors, and venue operators can only use up to 50 percent of the total venue capacity in their events.
Only those living in areas under MGCQ are allowed by DOT to participate in a MICE event.
The Tourism Department also orders MICE organizers to implement strict health and safety protocols in the conduct of their events.
MICE exhibitors should also comply with relevant guidelines of the Department of Labor and Employment, Department of Trade and Industry, and other related government agencies in observing the minimum public health and safety standards.
DOT also clarified in its directive that MICE events are still not allowed in areas under enhanced community quarantine, modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), and general community quarantine (GCQ).
This means that MICE events are not allowed in Cebu City, placed under MECQ by President Rodrigo Duterte last night until July 31.
GCQ areas like Metro Manila, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, Mandaue City, Lapu-Lapu City, Ormoc City, Southern Leyte, Zamboanga City, Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, and Basilan are also prohibited from holding MICE events.
Last year, the DOT launched the MICE Roadmap 2030 which targets a ₱24.4 billion revenue from the convention industry by 2030.