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They say sum­mer in In­dia can stop all the work. But for MICE the heat seems to be bring­ing good news. The first edi­tions of two ma­jor ex­hi­bi­tions were held--In­dia Expo Shop sum­mit and Global MICE Travel Mart. Not just road­shows but events and ex­hi­bi­tions are ways of mak­ing peo­ple aware of In­dia’s MICE po­ten­tial. Con­ven­tion bu­reaus work around the clock con­nect­ing the dots and pro­mot­ing MICE. While Europe has al­ways been a pop­u­lar desti­na­tion, In­dia’s neigh­bour­ing coun­tries are also gain­ing ground by at­tract­ing more groups for con­fer­ences and meet­ings. Hol­land has al­ways been pop­u­lar with leisure tourists but now the coun­try is also work­ing at pro­mot­ing it­self as an ideal MICE desti­na­tion. On the other hand is the is­land na­tion of Sri Lanka. The at­trac­tive coast­line is prob­a­bly one fac­tor but its gov­ern­ment has also kept a sep­a­rate bud­get for MICE. There are in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ments too. And then there’s the con­ti­nent of Africa which has al­ways been known for its wildlife and dif­fer­ent tribes. But South Africa is mak­ing its mark in the world by hold­ing im­por­tant con­ven­tions such as Meet­ings Africa. It is hop­ing to en­cash on the op­por­tu­ni­ties brought by the fast grow­ing economies, China and In­dia, in Asia. Con­fi­den­tial meet­ings have spe­cific de­mands and cater­ing to these are lux­ury prop­er­ties. All have ded­i­cated teams and sen­si­tise these teams to han­dle all with care. There are spe­cial pro­vi­sions in terms of tech­nol­ogy and other sup­port sys­tems. Dis­cre­tion, se­cu­rity and con­fi­den­tial­ity are main­tained. Food and bev­er­age are an in­te­gral part of these closed door meet­ings. Due care is taken on health re­quire­ments and spe­cial pref­er­ences. It’s also in­ter­est­ing to note that nat­u­ral light­ing forms an im­por­tant part so that peo­ple don’t tire eas­ily. Be­sides this we have the lat­est events and news from across the world. Our ex­pert Shivani Misri Sad­hoo talks about balanc­ing work and hol­i­days. She gives some prob­lem solv­ing tips as schools are closed for the sum­mer hol­i­days. And tech­nol­ogy ex­pert Dar­ren Ed­wards cites the im­por­tance of ses­sion eval­u­a­tion to mea­sure ROI. mic­etalk@ddppl.com and keep read­ing.

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