The Big Story: Royal Caribbean extends cruises-to-nowhere trips until October

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On Thursday (April 1), Royal Caribbean International announced it was extending its Quantum of the Seas cruises until October this year, after the cruise company saw an overwhelming demand for travel.

The company said that since its first cruise in December, it has completed more than 30 successful sailings.

Meanwhile, enhanced security screening measures similar to airport checks kicked off at selected MRT stations on Thursday.

Checks, including metal detector screening and X-ray scans, were conducted at random.

Separately, industry players in the meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (Mice) sector have welcomed the move to increase capacity limits at Mice events, but some are concerned about the additional cost.

From April 24, up to 750 attendees are allowed at larger Mice events - an increase from the current limit of 250 attendees.

We speak to the president of the Singapore Association for Conventions & Exhibitions Organisers and Suppliers (Saceos), Mr Aloysius Arlando.

He tells us how the current standard operating procedures (SOPs) for Mice events can be improved in the lead up to the easing of measures.

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