Peo­ple pre­fer meet­ing face-to-face

With tech­nol­ogy ad­vanc­ing at a fast pace, vir­tual and hy­brid meet­ings have taken to the world with a storm. MICEtalk asks con­ven­tion cen­tres whether face-to-face meet­ings have wit­nessed any com­pe­ti­tion from the vir­tual sphere. Let’s ex­plore what they have

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Bor­neo Con­ven­tion Cen­tre

Mike Cheng

Se­nior Mar­ket­ing & PR Ex­ec­u­tive

In gen­eral, many of our clients would still pre­fer to meet face-to-face as they are more com­fort­able to speak when there is a phys­i­cal pres­ence of an in­di­vid­ual. The tra­di­tion of phys­i­cal hand­shakes and trad­ing name cards is highly ap­pre­ci­ated even to­day. How­ever, with vir­tual meet­ings, it helps to en­hance the book­ings for face-to-face meet­ings; an ex­am­ple would be a de­ci­sion maker in UK would travel and meet an or­gan­iser in Sarawak for a site in­spec­tion af­ter their ini­tial con­ver­sa­tion in a vir­tual meet­ing.

Novo­tel Hy­der­abad Con­ven­tion Cen­tre & Hy­der­abad In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­ter

Jaideep Khanna

Gen­eral Man­ager Sales Mar­ket­ing & Distri­bu­tion

We, at HICC, are con­fi­dent that vir­tual event tech­nol­ogy can never can­ni­balise the phys­i­cal pro­grammes. Vir­tual/hy­brid meet­ings do not have any ef­fect on the num­ber of book­ings for face-to-face meet­ings. A vir­tual meet­ing has its own im­por­tance and is gen­er­ally used for in­ter­nal com­mu­ni­ca­tion for HR/Fi­nance and other in­ter-de­part­ment di­a­logue. Tech­nol­ogy has greatly ben­e­fit­ted that area and has helped com­pa­nies save sig­nif­i­cant costs. But face-to-face meet­ings have its own mer­its and are still pre­ferred by the cor­po­rate sec­tor. There are large scale sales & mar­ket­ing meet­ings or­gan­ised by com­pa­nies to drive greater learn­ing and prof­itabil­ity. The cur­rent busi­ness thrives on face-to-face meet­ings and is an es­sen­tial el­e­ment in the over­all plan­ning & man­age­ment. Many com­pa­nies are now com­bin­ing the two to of­fer best of both worlds to the con­sumers.

We, at HICC, lever­age the syn­ergy of ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy & best in class fa­cil­i­ties to in­crease our de­liv­ery for suc­cess­ful meet­ings & event co­or­di­na­tion. We keep pace with the in­creas­ing rate of tech­nol­ogy evo­lu­tion and en­sure seam­less con­nec­tiv­ity and in­fra­struc­ture sup­port to cus­tomers. At HICC, we pro­vide strate­gic vir­tual com­po­nents to en­hance ef­fec­tive­ness of meet­ings, thereby help­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions and cor­po­ra­tions to broaden mar­ket reach and deepen value to all con­stituents – be it mem­bers, cus­tomers, sup­pli­ers or part­ners. We have cre­ated a bal­ance be­tween both vir­tual and face-to­face ap­proaches to of­fer the best to our con­sumers.

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