Travel agents and tour operators in the MICE and business travel industry are smiling… there is much to celebrate with the rupee finding its footing again and corporate budgets opening up, allowing for better spend on employees and sales offices. And, Barak Obama’s visit to India with a large delegation of industrialists can only help further the cause of tourism. Incentive travel planners and organisers are looking for new shores to take their MICE groups. Canada being a long-haul destination with long travel time, has not been the most popular until recently for corporate groups. However, with Air Canada launching direct flights to Toronto from Delhi starting November 2015 and the comfort factor that Canada holds for Indians, there should be a lot of movement to this region. It’s always nice to know that the convention centre where your event is being held is environment friendly and responsibly green. We checked out on venues round the world that symbolise ‘Green’. Munich is fast becoming one of the most popular and happening cities in the world, whether it is as the final destination or in transit through Munich Airport, which has more to offer in style and experience than a town by itself; it even has good accommodation options and meeting facilities (large and small) if it is required in transit. Also, read the views of our expert panel on how not to lose your identity in a group, how to improve your knowledge on wines and how to order red wine at a business dinner. As always, there’s plenty of news, opinions on industry trends and events.