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Mice Asia Net : October 2008
Q&A Tough times, but hope springs eternal Q: Have you seen any change in business activity since fuel price rises and the flow-on effect to air travel? A: The increased oil prices have had a knock on effect to the meetings and incentives industry Diethelm Events’ David Barrett says the MICE industry may be in for a tough period but predicts strong growth in the long term. regionally. We have noticed a reduction in long- haul enquiries as more companies switch to regional, short-haul event destinations to combat the hike in air travel due to increased oil prices. The current economic recession in the USA and credit squeeze in Europe, has also lead companies to make harsh decisions to either redirect their meetings to destinations closer to home or to can meetings on a grander scale. When you have the British Prime Minister saying he will stay in the UK for his summer holiday and encouraging Brits to follow suit, this has an impact on MICE business coming out of the UK. We have also seen three large regional meetings, where deposits were paid to hotels, cancelled as their US parent companies have instructed them to “pay up and get out” of their contractual agreements. With some US airlines now charging for luggage, and passengers accepting this move, I do believe that higher air fares will gradually be accepted and the long-haul meetings market will show growth again. Q: Do you think the Beijing Olympics will leave an ongoing legacy for China? A: The Olympics is a litmus test for the operational logistics of accommodating and moving large numbers in China. The legacy of the Olympics will certainly be positive for China’s MICE and leisure markets, as the world’s spotlight is on Beijing. With the media coverage the ultimate sporting event brings to a destination there is incredible awareness of China right now. This can only have a positive spin- 16 miceAsia.net off for MICE business to the destination in the long- term. Additionally, with China’s buoyant economy and rapid growth, businesses are still eyeing the regional powerhouse as a land of opportunities. This is always good for driving MICE events into a country. Q: What destinations are working well right now? Why do you think this is the case? A: China, Cambodia and Vietnam have been performing well and continue to secure interest from meeting and incentive travel planners. Thailand is fairing well, although the US and European markets are impacting the volume. The recent economic woes in Vietnam have resulted in room availability becoming manageable for events, whereas in 2007, demand outstripped supply in some cases. Malaysia is also fairing well as an evergreen destination. Particularly with the KLCC attracting large-scale meetings, our Kuala Lumpur operation is securing large volume events. More needs to be done to highlight the attractions in Laos. The political issues in Myanmar and Sri Lanka continue to hold back potential to these two destinations. Clients are looking for new and off- the-tourist-route destinations, particularly for high- end incentives out of Australia. China, Cambodia and Vietnam still provide a perceived “pioneer spirit” where participants experience a sense of adventure whilst being wrapped in comfort. Q: What is your opinion of the so-called “integrated resorts” - specifically those being built in Singapore, and those in Macau. They are being marketed as a “one stop shop” for meeting and incentive groups where delegates can do everything and anything in the one place. Is this what delegates (and planners) want?