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Micetalk - - Editorial -

MICE Tourism is heav­ily de­pen­dent on plan­ning, book­ing and fa­cil­i­ta­tion for sem­i­nars, meet­ings and con­fer­ences. It re­quires book­ing the right venue, plan­ning the per­fect menu, ac­quir­ing the cor­rect tech­nol­ogy tools, meet­ing the rel­e­vant tourism board, ty­ing up with an ef­fi­cient tour op­er­a­tor and lo­gis­tics firm. This is gen­er­ally not the core com­pe­tency of a cor­po­rate mar­ket­ing team. So, whom do they de­pend on? Ob­vi­ously, an event man­age­ment com­pany! MICE talk spoke to a num­ber of them to un­der­stand to­day’s re­quire­ments and trends. Busi­ness travel spend has be­come a ma­jor is­sue for all or­gan­i­sa­tions. Giv­ing em­ploy­ees the re­spon­si­bil­ity to cut down their own ex­penses ac­tu­ally cre­ates a com­pet­i­tive spirit within de­part­ments. Tech­nol­ogy and travel ex­pert, Gary Hance of APTI tells us about ‘Open Travel’, wherein em­ploy­ees take the re­spon­si­bil­ity for their own re­search and sub­se­quent book­ings, re­duc­ing su­per­vi­sory con­trol. Vis­it­ing clean, green New Zealand is 100% pure de­light, as was dis­cov­ered by our reporter, when she vis­ited the coun­try. We give you a first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence on how to or­gan­ise your event and have a great time si­mul­ta­ne­ously in this gor­geous coun­try. Cape Town is prob­a­bly one of the pret­ti­est and most pic­turesque ci­ties in the world, with the best in­fras­truc­ture in ho­tels and con­fer­ence venues. And, there are plenty of af­ter-event ac­tiv­i­ties to par­take in with some of the best food and wine on of­fer. We also talked to South African Air­ways and got de­tails on visa re­quire­ments for both South Africa and New Zealand. En­joy your meet­ings and write to us with your ex­pe­ri­ences… Or just call us and tell us about them.

editor-in-Chief Deepa Sethi

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