Editor's Blog

  • Choosing the right people for the job

    As consumers’ purchasing power dipped following the economic downturn, crippling major incentives and meetings business, the luxury segment became a shining beacon in a gloomy landscape and the bigger event planners geared up to nurture and retain high yield clients. But a major challenge in the luxury segment is to...

  • Airport bottleneck could put the brakes on MICE traffic growth

    If you cannot fly there, you cannot meet there – the anticipated surge in business travel and meetings to Asia may be thwarted by the lack of capacity of Asia’s airports. Most airports in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region are operating at maximum capacity as more than 100 million visitors...

  • Indian MICE market marches on

    There has been much speculation on the potential of the Indian outbound meetings and events market. The foibles of the Indian travellers, their idiosyncratic preferences and their culinary chauvinism are legendary. However, what is undeniable is that India is now the tenth largest business travel market in the world. With...

  • Why Big Data offers giant benefits for all

    Meetings and events have the inherent ability to deliver truly personal experiences built upon the platform of direct interaction. Experts in the event industry appreciate that producing a dynamic and exciting experience does not come easy. Significant among the challenges are the relative complexities of event execution and the difficulty...

  • After Istanbul and Cairo, where is a safe bet?

    Safety and security have gained paramount importance in event planning with some unfortunate destinations shunned on security concerns alone – recent examples have been Istanbul, Cairo and Paris. This past weekend alone, there were bombings causing fatalities and injuries in both Istanbul and Cairo. The security-related costs have escalated worldwide...

  • Why are we still in the dark age?

    Meetings technology is a fast-changing landscape incorporating innovations at a mind-boggling pace. The rate of obsolescence, too, runs high. This is a consequence of optimising use of some technology that add maximum efficacy to the events and discarding the rest, often consigning fairly new technology to the graveyard. Consolidation in...

  • Let’s make India credible, as well as incredible!

    Every week I look out for news about Indian tourism – about events, about meetings and about developments in the tourism sector. But nothing remarkable or dramatic seems to be happening to the industry. I wonder why. India is a large country blessed with mountains, forests, beaches, wildlife, palaces, temples,...

  • Indian hardware is not the only problem we have

    Why is India not growing faster as an events destination on the world stage? It has the potential and buying power to be a premier global MICE market as well as a host to major global conventions and association meetings. Globally the MICE market, which comprises of about 400,000 conferences...

  • It’s their ‘bleisure’ and at their risk

    Combining business travel with leisure is an increasingly common practice. A study commissioned by the Collinson Group highlights that 72 per cent of corporate travellers say they add leisure days to business trips. Significantly, the vast majority (89 per cent) of companies allow this so called ‘bleisure’ travel. Despite this, 31 per...

  • Return on investment is about more than the bottom line

    The exhibition industry evaluates events from various perspectives to determine return on investment and to see if the exhibition’s objectives are being fulfilled but methods of establishing the success of an exhibition vary greatly among stakeholders. Stakeholder objectives also vary from participant satisfaction, advancement of trade and commerce, development of...

  • How to scale the great cultural wall in China

    Doing business in China is an enigma and a challenge as well as an adrenaline-pumping enterprise. An ancient civilization that has withstood adversity, its resilience has been tested over centuries and it has emerged as an entity that must be taken as seriously in global geo-politics as it is in...

  • Will a smart phone ban turn off delegates?

    Should smart phones and tablets be banned from conferences? A debate is raging among meeting planners over whether smart phones and devices distract audiences. According to a survey revealed during trade show IMEX this year, 40 per cent of respondents agreed that delegates should be banned from using personal devices...