Editor's Blog

  • 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...

  • To go green, the industry must first go together

    Event organisers are paying greater attention to their environment and community in which they operate. Event agencies and venues confirm they are receiving more requests for corporate social responsibility activities from incentive clients. Trade experts believe that the practice of green meetings will fit with the adoption of new technology....

  • Who will win in this changing landscape?

    The business travel market is in a quandary over politics – specifically over Brexit and the fallout from new US immigration and travel restrictions. The need for realignments is evident with business travellers and meeting planners gingerly moving forward with plans for 2017 and beyond. US Border control is asking...

  • Don’t scoff – healthy meetings are the new green

    In the last decade venues and meeting planners have striven to make their events ‘green’, environmentally-friendly enough to leave a diminishing carbon footprint, often being credited with a LEED certification that they have proudly flagged. The enhancement of a venue or meeting’s status thus dubbed with a superior categorization has...

  • 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...