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Malaysia has al­ways been a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for MiCE. In this out­bound fo­cussed is­sue we re­visit the Malaysian state of Penang. Listed as a UNESCO World Cul­tural Her­itage Site in 2008, this vir­gin par­adise has no short­age of cul­tural sights and nat­u­ral scenery. Penang was once known as the “Isle of the Be­tel Nut” also nick­named the Pearl of the Ori­ent. It is fa­mous for its soft sandy beaches of Tan­jung Bun­gah and the land­scape from the sum­mit of Penang Hill. Penang Con­ven­tion & Ex­hi­bi­tion Bureau (PCEB) brought the Penang Sales Mis­sion to In­dia with a view to pro­mote it as the pre­ferred des­ti­na­tion for cor­po­rate and as­so­ci­a­tion meet­ings, in­cen­tive trips, and leisure travel. We find out more about con­nect­ing with Penang for MiCE from Ash­win Gu­nasek­eran, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer, PCEB. Turkey’s ACE of M.I.C.E. Ex­hi­bi­tion by Turk­ish Air­lines, suc­cess­fully con­cluded its fifth edi­tion, where a high vol­ume of busi­ness con­tacts in the global MiCE sec­tor were es­tab­lished. The ex­hi­bi­tion took place from Fe­bru­ary 21-23 in Is­tan­bul. At the event 112 na­tional and 57 in­ter­na­tional ex­hibitors from 33 des­ti­na­tions met with 15,872 pro­fes­sional vis­i­tors from 40 coun­tries un­der one roof. Mean­while, the 2018 event of IT&CM China saw in at­ten­dance over 3000 MiCE pro­fes­sion­als from sec­tors in­clud­ing DMCs, PCOs, cor­po­rate travel, and as­so­ci­a­tions. With as many as 528 Chi­nese and in­ter­na­tional buy­ers from across 42 Chi­nese cities and ter­ri­to­ries, 41 in­ter­na­tional mar­kets, and 810 ex­hibitors, the ex­po­si­tion recorded 14,000 busi­ness ap­point­ments over three days. We bring you re­ports from these in­ter­na­tional ex­hi­bi­tion events. Safety in travel is es­sen­tial. Keep­ing in mind the po­lit­i­cal, eco­nomic, and so­cial dy­nam­ics across the world, any­thing can hap­pen any­where, any­time. There­fore, safety of trav­ellers re­mains paramount. In a fea­ture, we find out from ex­perts why con­sid­er­ing ‘risk man­age­ment’ and ‘Duty of Care’ is es­sen­tial for travel com­pa­nies as they try to en­sure safe busi­ness travel for cor­po­rates. Re­ten­tion strate­gies can bring im­mense ben­e­fits to an or­gan­i­sa­tion, Shivani Misri Sad­hoo shares tips on how to re­tain the good ones.

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