ORGANIZERS of Meeting, Incentive, Convention and Exhibition (MICE) tourism activities are expected to immediately implement health protocols in accordance with the guidelines prepared by the government to revive the MICE sector which has also been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

One of them, the organizer of MICE activities can form a task force before carrying out activities. The task force includes the organizers, the manager of the building where the activity is carried out, and other related parties such as local tourism boards as well as local governments.

The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy has previously issued health protocol guidelines for various tourism sectors and the creative economy including MICE tourism activities.

“This task force coordinates with each other, starting from planning before the implementation of activities and supervising the course of activities in accordance with the implementation of health protocols,” said Fauzi Mubarak, Lecturer and Researcher in the MICE Sector of the Jakarta State Polytechnic (PNJ) as well as a member of the Cleanliness-based health protocol formulation team. , Cleanliness, Health, Safety, and Environmental Sustainability (CHSE) in the field of MICE.

Fauzi explained, the task force must be able to form a flow of activity activities such as going in and out of all participants. Don’t just create a crowd. Before carrying out activities, the task force must also understand the procedures for handling COVID-19 including carrying out a risk analysis whether the activity location is in the red, yellow, or green zone.

“If there is a location with a high risk of transmission, the task force can decide whether the location will be moved or fixed, but with good preventive measures. If someone is indicated with COVID-19, they can coordinate with the local government to make a reference for handling it,” he said.

The task force should also have the capacity to provide training on health protocols to all teams involved.

Meanwhile, the Tourism Ministry’s Director of MICE, Masruroh, said that the health protocol in the MICE sector was compiled together with industry and associations that refer to the regulations from the Ministry of Health and international rules in the MICE sector. The implementation of this health protocol is important so that the community or MICE players can still be productive but still safe from COVID-19.

“We must pay attention to health, health is still number one but on the other hand the economy must run. As we all know that the tourism sector has contributed a lot to foreign exchange and the movement of the national economy so far. But with the presence of COVID-19, this tourism sector is the sector most affected by it,” Masruroh noted.

Especially for MICE tourism players in Banten, Masruroh reminded that the implementation of good health protocols will be a barometer for the implementation of MICE in Indonesia because Banten province together with Jakarta is one of the biggest MICE potentials in Indonesia.

“This can be seen from the venue as well as adequate MICE human resources. Therefore, we must be able to comply with health guidelines so as not to create new clusters in COVID-19. In fact, we can still run this industry even though we are still in a new normal situation like this,” Masruroh finished. [ special]