The past year has certainly been unique and challenging, as COVID-19 has affected nearly every facet of life and business. Conferences and events have been hit especially hard due to the severe restrictions placed on travel and the limitations placed on social gatherings.
As such, MAG recently made the decision to temporarily delay the plans for an in-person Asia Conference in Singapore which was to be held on March 11-12, 2021. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic across the world severely impacting international travel abilities, and the uncertainty of widespread vaccination, it is clear to us that holding an in-person event that lived up to the quality and standard MAG conference attendees have come to expect is neither safe nor feasible at this time.
Despite this, MAG’s efforts to give a microphone to the merchant voice in the Asia region are not slowing down. They have already formed an Advisory Board made up of APAC payments industry experts to help guide the strategy in the Asia market and execute the 2021 goals including:
- Monitoring the feasibility of holding an in-person event at some point later in the year when international travel conditions improve
- Exploring additional virtual events similar to the *Asia Virtual Connect
- Hosting Merchant-Only Roundtable Sessions to discuss the latest hot topics
Along with MAG, we are excited and inspired by your enthusiasm for the plans in the Asia region and the outpouring of support it has generated. Ensuring merchants have a voice in the payments industry is the paramount goal – and we have been energized to carry that forward on a global scale.
Stay up to date by following the Kit Kat Facebook Page and be on the lookout for future communications regarding 2021 events in Asia!