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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