In a focused initiative to stay connected and rebuild consumer confidence in MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Events) travel, SOTC Travel along with the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) hosted an engaging and insightful Virtual MICE event – “Growing MICE Connections, Achieving Together” for its esteemed clients. It was a highly interactive platform that featured state-of-the-art audio-visual excellence, chat/applause capabilities, and a near-life virtual walkthrough of Singapore’s iconic attractions that mirrored a real-life event at the destination. This industry-first digital event brought together key decision-makers and influencers of the MICE travel sector and deliberated on the infinite incentive travel opportunities in Singapore. It also highlighted the comprehensive health; safety initiatives undertaken by SOTC Travel (Assured Safe Travel Program in partnership with Apollo Clinics), and STB’s SG Clean (Singapore Clean) campaign (Refer to Annex A for more information) aimed at reassuring its travellers. The event saw active participation of over 150 of India’s leading corporates and multinationals – across business verticals such as Auto, Pharma, Paint, FMCG, Retail, Banking and Finance.
Vishal Suri, Managing Director, SOTC Travel, welcomed the guests and set the tone for the evening, highlighting the organisation’s delivery of consumer empowering products-services since the lockdown, and meticulous health and safety initiatives under the SOTC Assured program – to rebuild MICE consumer confidence in travel.
G.B Srithar, Regional Director, India, Middle East and South Asia, Singapore Tourism Board, infused hope as he spoke of the various meaningful initiatives being undertaken by Singapore focused on the MICE sector. He also reiterated STB’s keen interest in staying connected with SOTC, and its valuable corporate partners, to co-curate delightful experiences for future MICE events in Singapore.
In an engaging panel discussion, G.B Srithar, Regional Director, India, Middle East and South Asia, Singapore Tourism Board, Si Ting, STB’s Area Director, India and South Asia (Mumbai) and S D Nandakumar, President & Country Head, B2B & Foreign Exchange, SOTC Travel, deliberated on the calibrated efforts of SOTC and STB on delivering safe and seamless MICE experiences in Singapore along with the benefits and support available for hosting of business events.
The most noteworthy idea of the event was inviting special guest speaker, India’s first Grandmaster and five-time world chess champion, Viswanathan Anand, to share his learnings especially in relevance to the present time of the pandemic and the unexpected challenges it has brought for businesses and leaders. He was inspirational in an interactive chat show that co-related chess to the current challenging business environment. His humility coupled with sharp insights, winning strategies and personal experiences were highly appreciated by the CXO audience.