MICE tourism brings an extra element of glamour & enjoyment into business meetings and conferences for the delegates and attendants. With the constantly progressing business world, technology and transportation have made long-distance meetings easy. Today organizers have got a lot of choice to decide upon destinations for MICE tourism. Whether it’s a meeting to bring people together belonging to one company or across industries, an international conference of 500 delegates, product launch party or exhibition, MICE tourism finds itself being inevitable in all the occasions.
Large companies with numerous employees often choose to host various corporate events in some of the world’s famous cities. Here are ten currently popular destinations with sites where such happenings can be organized.
Being China’s main financial hub, Shanghai has a long-standing tradition of MICE business, which has continued to grow in the past few years. This city is readily accessible by sea, land and air. It is connected with more than 400 cities in the world by air links and ocean shipping routes. It is also a very safe city, conveniently laid out and a compact destination with one of the world’s easiest and least expensive public transportation system. Everything in Shanghai is within reach via taxies, bus, metros, trams and ferries.
New venues are popping up so fast it feels like they are being cloned, from small hotels to the biggest of exhibition centers. Shanghai is China’s financial capital, but it is equally impressive for its tourist spots. Some of the destinations for MICE Tourism in Shanghai are Zhujiajiao Water Village, Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Hall, M – 50, Dongtai Road, Shanghai Ocean Aquarium and Fuxing Park.
Sydney has once again been recognised as one of the top destinations for MICE tourism according to the latest International Congress and Convention Association Country and City Rankings (ICCA) report. The city boasts one of the finest centres for events and corporate meetings in Australia, Le Montage, with various amenities to suit all the corporate needs. At the same time, the attendees can enjoy the views, as well as the culinary and cultural experience.
Sydney, the state capital of New South Wales, is a dynamic business hub that boasts stunning natural landscapes, a cosmopolitan culture and a year-round temperate climate. The region offers two unique landscapes: Pristine beaches and tropical rainforests. The city boasts world-class infrastructure and easy public transport, making it convenient for MICE guests to get to and from events.
The accommodation facilities include over 33,000 hotel/motel rooms and serviced apartments across the city and its outskirts. Sydney’s MICE experts also go above & beyond to establish a link between the “visitor economy” and the “knowledge economy” to cement their reputation as a premier location for meetings and conferences. The top destinations for MICE tourism in Sydney are Sydney Harbour, Sydney Skywalk, Manly Beach and Watson’s Bay.
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3. Tokyo, Japan
Japan is the ideal location for international conferences and incentive tours with its highly-developed infrastructure, world-class venues and excellent facilities. This city offers a wide variety of accommodations, wealth of tourist attractions, superb level of hospitality, safety, cleanliness and above all, professionalism.
With a thriving economy, culture and industry, Tokyo is one of the world’s most populated and exciting cities that blend a strong sense of history with up-to-date trends and fashions. It is home to major international conference facilities like the Tokyo International Forum and large-scale exhibition centres such as the Tokyo Big Sight, located in the waterfront sub-centre of the city, and site of the largest exhibition halls and meeting facilities in Tokyo. In addition, each major district of the city offers a unique entertainment experience, with museums, concert halls, art galleries, major department outlets, and more. The tourist destinations for MICE tourism are Nakamise, Sensoji, Tokyo Skytree, Tokyo Disneyland and Imperial Palace & East Garden.
4. Dubai, UAE
Dubai in the recent years has positioned itself as a cosmopolitan yet charming destination for MICE tourism. It’s a cosmopolitan city strategically located between Europe and Asia offering world’s best infrastructure for MICE. Be it air connectivity, hotels, venues, activities or events, you have them all in one city and a combination of that with Pacific World standards make it a perfect destination for MICE tourism. With plethora of world class hotels and resorts, Dubai is full of meeting venues. One can choose from private yachts to outdoor terraces, landscaped gardens, private beaches, grand ball rooms to convention centers.
Not only in the Middle East but in the rest of the world, Dubai has successfully established itself as one of the densely visited tourism destinations. The importance of Dubai as a Mice destination has not only kept increasing Emirates airlines to increase the number of its world destinations, but also flight capacity. The famous destinations for MICE tourism in Dubai are Burj Khalifa, Miracle Garden, Palm Jumeirah, Burj Al Arab Beach, Jumeirah Mosque and Dubai Aquarium.
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The capital of Germany and one of the European leading business centers, Berlin showcases numerous hotels and sites available for MICE events. One of those is the already renowned CityCube Berlin.
Berlin, one of the delightful destinations for MICE tourism is located in the heart of Europe representing a connection between East & West. Rather you are seeking for cultural and historic experiences or new innovations, Berlin will not disappoint you at all. On one side you can discover over 175 museums and World Cultural Heritages, on the other side you can experience twelve different neighborhoods with their unique atmosphere.
Even though Berlin is the capital of Germany, 1/3 is covered by parks, beautiful canals and green areas, which invite for outdoor activities.
6. Goa, India
Because of Nature, Fun and Adventure, Goa has emerged as one of the great Destinations for MICE tourism around the world. With standard facilities for conferences; unique incentive options and cost effectiveness, it is counted as one of the ideal destinations for MICE tourism among business travellers. Superb conference resorts in Goa offer sophisticated and contemporary amenities for arranging the best conference in Goa. A big queue of hotel and resorts provide excellent conference facilities in Goa.
Conference halls in Goa Hotels and Resorts are equipped with all the latest services and facilities including easy internet connectivity, projector for slide show presentation and other important means of communication, among others. These conference halls give proper seating arrangements to accommodate hundreds of delegates coming here to attend the conferences. You can easily rely on Goa hotels and resorts for holding important corporate meetings and conferences of the business travellers. Beaches like Arambol, Colva, Baga, Calangute and Agonda embrace the beauty of Goa.
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Auckland is not only the largest city in New Zealand, but it is also a world-class international destination for Mice tourism, best renowned for its stunning natural beauty and vibrant city culture. Getting to Auckland is easy as the city can be conveniently reached by water, air, rail, and road. Its excellent connectivity has contributed towards its reputation as an incredible MICE destination.
This destination for MICE tourism has a number of meeting venues near Auckland Airport, which is located south of the city center. The city also has more conference and convention options than any other city in the country. Special event venues in Auckland include Auckland Museum, which contains an events centre for 600 persons; Alexandra Park, which has nine rooms that can hold up to 1,000 guest and Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, which has space for up to 500 persons.
8. Seoul, Korea
With the vibrant culture and advanced technology, the city is one of the best destinations for MICE tourism attracting more travellers from various nations making it a major incentive travel destination in Asia.
Coex and SETEC, located in the heart of the city, are Seoul’s representative convention centres. Being part of convention complex, they house twelve 5-star & 4-star hotels all within a 10-minute distance from the convention centres. The hotels serve as convention venues for international conferences & corporate meetings, and are fully equipped with the required services and facilities.
Seoul is one of the most delightful destinations for MICE tourism that embraces the beauty of both modernity and traditions. Having 5 ancient palaces along with 5 World Heritage Sites designated by UNESCO, Seoul is living history of 600 years as the capital of the Chooseon Dynasty. Seoul’s cuisine options do wonders in attracting people to the city. Whatever you have, wherever you are, the food will never fail to satisfy you. Whether it’s fine dining or a casual street food, you will find traditional Korean food, a variety of western cuisine, and fusion cuisine served all throughout the city at restaurants that make you feel like eating at home.
Singapore is a global transportation, commerce and financial hub, making it the perfect place for meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions (MICE). World renowned Singapore Exhibition & Convention Bureau establishes Singapore as a dynamic business events destination where an ecosystem of technology, people, ideas & technology draws on a vibrant knowledge & wide networks to tailor success for you.
Singapore is cementing its reputation as one of the world’s leading hi-tech meetings’ destinations. One of the most popular meeting places is the grand Park Royal which combines business and beauty of the city, while the first premier eco-green venue in Singapore – Expo Max Atria is already a popular destination for MICE tourism. The unique artistic expression of the nation can be seen through the breathtaking cityscape, while its culture welcomes being explored.
10. Vienna, Austria
Another one of the best destinations for MICE tourism is Vienna that is centrally located in the heart of Europe and connects with 179 destinations worldwide. It has a safe and extremely efficient public transportation system. Vienna is an ideal combination for MICE, Business & Leisure Travel. It is famous for its easy accessibility, safest destinations, beauty and charm.
Perhaps no other city could boast of such elaborate and varied choices to host Mice programs. With 3 convention centres, over 93 fully equipped large conference enables hotels in all categories and to suit all budgets, holding a convention or a congress or an incentive program is a preferred choice of conference organizers throughout the world. The Austria Centre convention centre can accommodate upto 15000 persons while the Hofburg Vienna can accommodate upto 5000 persons. The Messe Wien Exhibition and Congress Centre can take upto 30000 persons.
Sightseeing in Vienna is of a very high quality with historic palaces and museums. Places of interest in Vienna are Schonbrunn Palace, Hofburg Imperial Palace, Belvedere Complex and Ringstrasse. Day trips to Innsbruck and Salzburg could also be part of the itinerary. Like Vienna, Salzburg is also an excellent destination for mice tourism. Travelling to Salzburg is easy and comfortable as it has very good train connections, modern infrastructure and a variety of flights from all over Europe.