Sustainable & Safe Events
- Sustainable & Safe Events
The world is increasingly engaging in sustainability as a vital component of economic growth. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 to encourage sustainable practices in every aspect of modern society, including in the MICE industry.
The meetings and events industry, also known as MICE (an acronym for meetings, incentive tours, conventions, and exhibitions) or the business events industry, is a vital component of modern economies because it brings together people to cultivate innovation in business, vitalize local economies and communities, and foster healthy competition among cities and nations. However, the gathering of people, by nature, can create a burden on the environment with the consumption of different resources. To foster communication between an event’s host region and contribute back to the local community, it is essential that we work together to implement environmentally, socially, and economically sustainable practices into the MICE industry. For this reason, we at the Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau have established the SDGs for MICE Sustainable Event Evaluation System. This program encourages event organizers, attendees, service providers, and even local governments to work together to implement sustainable practices at their events. It is our goal that through this program, event organizers can guarantee safety and peace of mind for both themselves and their attendees, ensure that the event fosters continued engagement in sustainable practices, and increase the overall value of the event.
Receive Expert Advice and Feedback
We have created a detailed Action List for applicants, from which event organizers select the sustainable practices that work best for their event. We then appoint an expert advisor who gives tailored advise that make sustainable practices approachable and practical.
Showcase Your Accomplishments
Emphasize your initiatives to event stakeholders with the Sustainability Declaration Certificate, which we provide before the event. An expert then evaluates the event’s outcomes, producing an Evaluation Certificate with specific feedback that showcases the event’s accomplishments. This demonstrates how feasible sustainable practices are and encourages future implementation.
(Revised Aug 28, 2020)
The Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau (President: Hiroshi Mizohata) has released the “Guidelines for MICE Event Organizers for Infectious Disease Control” on June 3, 2020.
MICE events (a general term encompassing exhibitions, academic conferences, and other business events) have long generated business opportunities and innovation, pushed research forward, and contributed to regional vitalization, fulfilling a vital role as a driving force in economic development. However, amid the COVID-19 pandemic the MICE industry has seen an unprecedented number of cancellations and postponements, stagnating the business activity that MICE events bring forth and creating a severe economic impact.
As such, the Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau, with consensus from the Osaka prefectural and city governments, has taken various factors into consideration including government policies, the voices of MICE industry partners, the precedent of other industries, and the resumption of MICE activities around the world, in order to formulate these guidelines (under the guidance of infectious disease experts) for business event organizers meant to mitigate infection risk and provide recommendations on operations management.
We encourage business event organizers to use these guidelines to ensure the peace of mind of all event attendees. We sincerely hope for the re-opening of MICE events so that they may once again contribute to economic development.
*We revised these guidelines on August 28, 2020 in accordance with the most recent information, knowledge, and realistic event operation measures.
Guidelines for MICE Event Organizers for
Infectious Disease Control
1. Why We Created These Guidelines
We intend for MICE event organizers when hosting events in Osaka to use these guidelines to incorporate infectious disease risk mitigation in their event planning and management, so that both organizers and attendees can satisfactorily enjoy the event, and so that the Osaka MICE industry can be further vitalized.
2. Guidelines Contents
(1) Items to Implement Pre-Event
(2) Items to Implement During the Event
(3) Support for MICE Event Organizers from the Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau
Links Regarding Infectious Disease
Control Measures from Public Institutions
About Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
(Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)
COVID-19 Contact Confirming Application
(Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare)
OSAKA COVID-19 Tracing System(Osaka Prefecture)
*Currently only available in Japanese.
COVID-19 Consultation for Foreign Residents
(Osaka Foundation of International Exchange, OFIX)
Nationwide Medical Institution Search
(Japan National Tourism Organization, JNTO)
Japan’s Entry Restrictions for Foreign Travelers
(Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan)