Editor's Blog

  • Why your first venue visit should be virtual

    Some old world aspects of the hotel stay experience may never change for guests. The discreet recognition of frequent guests at reception, the acknowledgement by the concierge of preferred restaurant bookings, the memory of an interesting cocktail ordered being remembered by the bartender – all are invaluable and irreplaceable. However,...

  • The art of attracting Indian’s event organisers

    For a meeting destination to gain popularity and staying power to attract clients, it takes more than just a pretty face. The city can be scenic and beautiful with a lot of natural beauty but for meeting clients you need to expand the horizon, just a wee bit more. Firstly...

  • Why Myanmar should be on the radar

    I visited Myanmar recently as part of a Skal International 127 Kolkata event. The delegation was comprised of travel trade professionals with an average of 25 years of experience in the industry. The objective was to identify opportunities for outbound tourism to a neighbouring country where, thus far, visitation has...

  • What price peace of mind?

    Although DMCs provide a service that is critical in the value chain of events, they do not get the same recognition or value perception as the lead contracting event agency – the agency usually makes sure of that! Many naysayers foretold the demise of destination management companies (DMCs) when a...

  • Incentives on the trail of two cities

    When giants embrace, the earth shakes. In an unprecedented and exciting initiative, London and Paris have joined hands to launch a unique two-in-one incentive trip to beat them all. The landmark agreement between the London Convention Bureau and the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau will see two of the world’s...

  • MENA growth is explosive – but is it sustainable?

    With Expo 2020 appearing on the near horizon in Dubai and the Middle East representing high growth potential for the travel industry, placing a spotlight on the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region is inevitable with new regionally-focused travel markets. Aspiring to create the most sustainable Expo in history, the...

  • Focus on the value delivered by incentives rather than the price

    The objective of incentive travel is simple. It aims to reward top achievers with an impressive and unforgettable experience so that they are motivated to perform better and achieve higher goals. An emerging downside is that incentive travel planners and suppliers are facing such a price sensitive environment that the...

  • Why hotels should partner with event professionals to solve reducing occupancy

    Attracting MICE business is being considered a viable option for the hotel industry in India as the hotel room inventory expands and weekend occupancies dip. Cushman & Wakefield reported that the Indian hospitality sector will add 52,000 new hotel rooms by 2024. This will lead to a rise of over...

  • Why Marriott and Cathay are a lesson for all

    Data security is a major issue within the events industry. Recent breaches have been colossal and the negative aftermath is likely to be of immense proportions, over a long period of time. It is time that we stopped paying lip service and took data security seriously. The General Data Protection...

  • Why event planners must aim for experience

    What is experiential travel? Isn’t all travel a summation of various experiences, perspectives, transformative emotional reactions, memories carried back and the all-important feel-good factor that the traveller takes away? Event planners have to unlearn a few things. Bookings, revenues and packages are not the ultimate goal of business promotion activity...

  • Fake conferences pose a threat to association meetings

    It is not fake news that there are fake conferences being announced. They can assume a name connection with larger organisations to lure a large group of gullible academics and students who are looking for short cuts to speak at international conferences or have their dissertations published at such conferences....

  • Why Africa is a life-changer

    Africa is a giant that is yet to rise to its full height. The MICE industry has thus far given about two per cent of its global business to Africa, a miniscule share demonstrating the immense potential that the continent has to offer for meetings, conferences and incentive tours. Of...