Iberian mice forum presents the pros and cons of the rfp platforms for meeting tourism
The platforms online RFP (Request for Proposal) has its detractors and defenders in the MICE industry. While the receptive agencies, Convention Bureau and other professionals use them as mere auxiliary tools, some hotels will consider them an alternative to the usual brokerage in meeting market. This debate was the contents of one of the days of the latest edition of the Iberian MICE Forum.
Business and training are the axes of this tenth edition of the Iberian MICE Forum, held between 26 and 28 of March in Madrid. At the training session that took place this Friday, under the title “Online Meeting RFPs: Trends, Tips & Techniques“, has been discussed on the RFP platforms, analyzing their pros and cons.
The Rapporteur of this training session, Alda Egurrola (member of MPI Spain and responsible for development of Cvent for Europe), has analyzed these tools, and it has given rise to an interesting debate between buyers and sellers of the segment MICE.
Book online or personalized service
What has been raised at this session are the limitations of those RFP devoted to the intermediation in Exchange for a Commission on, which abounds with the typical package of hotel rooms, meeting rooms and little more. offer considered very limited by professionals of the brokerage services, to advocate that these platforms cannot replace face-to-face and personalized service.
While these professionals are regular users of other platforms that rather than mediate, become showcases of the supply of providers, and that they have seen these sites is a useful tool as a source of information.
This session took place between two sessions of dating one-to-one between buyers and sellers. And then the paper to stained place ones ’case studies’ that have been discussed in groups by topics.
This tenth edition of this event in its four years of existence has gathered international suppliers in the sector of the MICE industry, with a total of some 120 participants and buyers. The Organization stresses, between buyers, the assistance of “some of the best accounts of meeting & event planners in European markets such as French, German, British, Dutch, Belgian or Scandinavian”, and the tourist suppliers specializing in M & I, “from all Spain“, hotels, hotel chains, palaces of DMCs, Convention Bureaux, venues, conferences, catering and restoration companies.
Sources of the Organization calculated that in this Edition the event has generated more than 2,000 citations of work among European buyers and domestic tourist companies. “the Iberian MICE Forums are characterized by a strict control in their working sessions in which guarantee a certain number of one-to-one 15-minute appointments””, and an attractive and effective social program whose primary objective is that the buyers know first-hand the destination, and to facilitate networking among these and the suppliers ’, indicate their heads.