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When look­ing for op­tions to host an­other MICE travel, make sure Ja­pan fig­ures some­where in your itin­er­ary! And to help you, we ex­plore MICE in Ja­pan in our cover story. Whether it’s about im­prov­ing team work or ex­pe­ri­enc­ing high standards in hos­pi­tal­ity, The Land of the Ris­ing Sun has much to of­fer. Also in terms of green MICE, Ja­panese cul­ture has al­ways em­pha­sised on a har­mo­nious ex­is­tence within na­ture. The pop­u­lar MICE cities of Ja­pan in­clude, Tokyo, Yoko­hama, Nagoya, Ky­oto, Osaka, Fukuoka, Sap­poro, Sendai, Chiba, Hiroshima, Kita Kyushu and Kobe. Next month the JATA Tourism Expo will be held from Septem­ber 21-24, 2017 at Tokyo Big Sight in Ja­pan.

The sta­bil­ity, growth and the con­fi­dence of the In­dian econ­omy will help boost the busi­ness travel mar­ket in In­dia. The econ­omy is grow­ing at a rate of over seven per cent, which will help in in­creas­ing busi­ness traf­fic. With a fo­cus on costs and driv­ing prof­itabil­ity, a lot of com­pa­nies are look­ing for so­lu­tions to stretch their travel bud­gets and com­pa­nies are in a strong po­si­tion to pro­vide state-of-the-art tech­nol­ogy, data and an­a­lyt­ics so­lu­tions. We talk to the CEO of one such com­pany.

In an in­ter­view with Ni­cholas Dum­bell, Gen­eral Man­ager, Re­nais­sance, Mar­riott Mum­bai Con­ven­tion Cen­tre Ho­tel & Lake­side Chalet- Mum­bai, we find out more about the largest MICE ho­tel of the Mar­riott group in In­dia, and also why MICE in In­dia can be tempt­ing for in­ter­na­tional play­ers.

Bahrain is now the new kid in the block that is ag­gres­sively woo­ing the des­ti­na­tion wed­dings mar­ket. Since In­dia has a huge wed­ding mar­ket mov­ing out­bound, Bahrain has de­signed a well-thought out strat­egy to at­tract wed­dings from In­dia. Many fac­tors work in their favour like the fly­ing time from In­dia which is be­low four hours, the va­ri­ety of five-star in­ter­na­tional ho­tel op­tions, and beau­ti­ful venues. The av­er­age length of stay can range from three nights to five nights.

With the busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment turn­ing com­pet­i­tive, it is im­per­a­tive for or­gan­i­sa­tions to en­sure op­ti­mal com­mute for em­ploy­ees who come from far and work late hours. Our coun­sel­lor Shivani Misri Sad­hoo shares tips.

Keep read­ing and giv­ing your feed­back to us at: mic­etalk@ddppl.com

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