Editor's Blog

  • Why the road ahead will be a two-way street

    I attended The Vision 2050 part of the Singapore MICE Forum 2017 and it threw up some exciting and completely game-changing possibilities envisioned by students and young professionals. They brought in crisp, smart and young thoughts as well as a stimulus for serious consideration by older MICE professionals on the...

  • Time for us to get personal!

    Business events and meeting planners are combining creative venue design with current cutting-edge technology to create outstanding events. While that works well, many clients are looking for differentiators demanding more personalised experiences. A Deloitte’s Consumer Review report states: “In all things digital, consumers have higher expectations. They want their interactions...

  • Time to count the cost of proposals

    A proposal to bid for a business event is not just a proposal. It is crafted with time-consuming effort, precision in detail and costings sourced from several stakeholders who may eventually be a part of the event. Hard work all around. But do clients assign any value to such effort?...

  • Why incentive winners deserve the best

    The purpose of incentive travel is to motivate people. In doing so, one sows the seeds of better teamwork as well as consolidating existing roles in work environments. Incentives are not always linked to the immediate performance matrix but are often the springboard for heightened potential and better long-term performance. The ‘feel...

  • Conferences for right-brained people

    What’s going to happen to human capital in the workforce? It’s a new world of skills, abstract values and knowledge. The link between artificial intelligence (AI) and human capital, and how you will combine both of them and how you will hire people for different skills, is a subject to...

  • Why content is issue critical

    Content quality and relevance is key to the success of an event. Delegates are hungry for content telling them what is happening around the location they are visiting, what is the expectation for a meeting or conference, what will be the depth of learning that they can expect to take...

  • Plan for a future crisis if you want to have a future

    Security is a big issue for the event industry. Most stakeholders have developed a risk management plan but as the list of threats to the industry continues to grow, there is a need to ensure these processes are transparent, consistent and up-to-date. The groundwork in establishing clearly-defined roles, training that...

  • Why unique venues can be a breath of fresh air

    Business culture is becoming much less formal than in the past, paving the way for less traditional meeting venues. As long as the basic structure of an effective meeting is available, offbeat venues and environments can often prove to be refreshing and consequently more productive for groups. Participants are now...

  • New GST rates on tourism will surely damage India’s tourism industry

    The tourism and hospitality industry’s grouse against the Indian tax regime is not new. Most stakeholders have vociferously protested and petitioned the government about the debilitating impact of taxation on inbound visitors and the resulting lower occupancy levels over the last few years. India’s hotels have had to pass on...

  • Taming a different breed of tiger

    International association congresses that have matured in terms of design and content often find it a challenge to replicate the template successfully in Asia. Too often, the realisation dawns on conference organisers that one size does not fit all, even if there is provision for adjustments. Asia is a different...

  • How to put a new face on an old place

    While the whole world is considered a stage for meetings and conferences, in reality there are only a few destinations that are suitable for a specific event. There is no ‘one size fits all’, be they big or small. The parameters that have to match the needs of a meeting...

  • Virtual reality – a realistic option for meeting planners?

    Event planners know that it is important to watch out for new technology that increases attendee engagement and measures return on investment. Breaking new ground at events sounds easy, but it is difficult to select the right products for an event and to decide how to make them user-friendly for...