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Business Traveller (India) - - CHECK-IN - Neha Gupta Kapoor Editor

On its web­site, MICE In­dia and Lux­ury Travel Congress has stated:“Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent an­nounce­ment by GBTA (Global Busi­ness Travel As­so­ci­a­tion), In­dia cur­rently has the high­est busi­ness travel growth rate in the en­tire world.”

It also shares an inkling that by 2020, about 6.5 mil­lion In­di­ans will travel for lux­ury and for MICE — that’s nearly the pop­u­la­tion of Paraguay. Cur­rently this num­ber is at around 1.5 mil­lion out­bound In­di­ans.

Amongst the many Asian coun­tries favoured by In­dia, such as Sin­ga­pore and Hong Kong, the UAE has listed us as its top source mar­ket. This month we’re fo­cussing on its cap­i­tal city — Abu Dhabi.

On page 52 you will read about the types of MICE trips that com­pa­nies can plan to the emi­rate. Fur­ther on, in the spe­cial sec­tion ded­i­cated to Abu Dhabi, we have listed the best sites to visit for a cul­tural dose and recre­ational time (page 47). In fact, th­ese can even be en­joyed by solo busi­ness trav­ellers, should they wish to ex­tend their stay for the week­end.

Con­tin­u­ing on the topic of MICE, you may find the en­chant­ing Château de Cham­bord a tempt­ing op­tion in France. Read about its ar­chi­tec­turally smart and his­toric meet­ing rooms on page 40.

As for a vi­able MICE op­tion within In­dia, flip fur­ther down the book to page 68 for a quick glimpse at Mar­riott Re­sort Jaisalmer, in Ra­jasthan. The city by it­self is a plea­sure to the eyes, and its flavours, recre­ated by chefs at the re­sort are un­miss­able.

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