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.