MICEweek January 29: Philippine MICE briefs

The Philippine MICE scene this week celebrated Chinese food, fashion and Miss Universe – and hosted high-level meetings for ministers, senior businesspeople and diplomats, writes William Wadsworth


The January 27-29 Chinese Food Festival 2017 at Glorietta Activity Center was well-attended with several VIPs, including Makati Mayor Abigail S. Binay, Vice Mayor Monique Lagdameo, Ayala Malls Group VP and head Rowena Tomeldan and the general managers of Discovery Primea, Dusit Thani, Holiday Inn & Suites, Makati Shangri-La, New World, and Raffles & Fairmont. Most of the Philippines’ best hotels celebrated the Chinese New Year of the Fire Rooster with spectacular decor and food promotions. The New World Makati hotel (right) staged a spectacular dragon dance, for example.

Hyatt City of Dreams Manila meanwhile reported that TripAdvisor named it as a Travelers’ Choice 2017 under the Top 25 Luxury Hotels – Philippines category.

Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila presented an “elegant and nostalgic fashion” show (left) by fashion designer Albert Andrada  at Spiral Manila on Wednesday (January 25). L’Abondance was Albert’s fourth sartorial presentation at Sofitel Manila, and was directed by Robby Carmona. The show featured a feast by Spiral Chinese Chef Michael Tai and was sponsored by Guerlain, Aveda, Jewelmer, Nuxe Paris, Tefal Kitchenware, TCL, Le Spa and Vietura.

Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach appeared at the Conrad Manila, where 86 contestants of this year’s pageant are based. The event highlights the 347-room hotel’s MICE potential above a two-level mall, and with connections to the SMX Convention Center. It is also next to the Mall of Asia Arena, where Miss Universe 2017 will be contested tomorrow (January 30). The Conrad Manila was included in CEI Asia‘s inaugural Editors’ Choice industry excellence report on the best new venues in the region. Its China Blue by Jereme Leung and Brasserie on 3 also made the Top 20 of Philippine Tatler‘s 2017 Best Restaurants.

The World Trade Center Metro Manila (WTCMM) drew the capital’s movers and shakers to network at its “Up Close and Personal” talk by Department of Finance Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez III on Thursday (January 26). The secretary (center) described his department’s plans, talked about new tariffs and then received a plaque of appreciation from (from left) WTCMM president Pamela Pascual, Philexport director Sergio Ortiz Luis, Jr., ICCP Group chairman Guillermo Luchangco and National Development Company general manager Maria Lourdes Rebueno.

The SKAL International Manila held its annual general membership meeting at the Heritage Hotel on January 10. SKAL is said to be the world’s  largest and oldest tourism association.

The Regional Ambassador Club Quezon City general membership meeting (right) will be on February 7, at 6pm, at The E-Hotel Asian Restaurant of The E-Hotel Makati. The event’s keynote speaker will be Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas, the founder and chief operating officer of TAG Media & Public Relations.

The International Ambassador (IAC) Club World Congress will be held on April 18-23, in Manila & Davao City. IAC was founded in 1956 in Switzerland.

The European Chamber of Commerce and the European Union in the Philippines on Tuesday (January 24) held its European Ambasadors’ Meeting (left) at the Dusit Thani Manila Hotel. Diplomats and businesspeople “discussed recent political developments, joint market access advocacy, and other avenues for cooperation” in a fine-looking meeting room.


Cebu Pacific will fly four times a week (on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays) between Cagayan de Oro and Tagbilaran. It will also fly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays between Cagayan de Oro and Bacolod. Both new routes will use the new ATR 72-600 aircraft, which is expected to arrive in early March. The airline introduces the routes with a P799 seat sale from March 15 until May 31, or while seats last. “The promo fare is inclusive of taxes and fees, while bags, meals, and other ancillaries may be added as preferred,” the airline says. Cebu Pacific’s 57-plane fleet operates from Manila, Cebu, Davao, Clark, Kalibo, and Iloilo, and to 66 destinations via over 100 routes worldwide.


Anne Busfield is the new general manager of Shangri-La’s Boracay Resort & Spa, Philippines. The Briton has over 30 years’ experience in hotels and comes from international chains as a general manager, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts says, citing her “strong sales and marketing background”.  Busfield has “handled hotels and resorts in Europe and Asia Pacific, including Britain, Hong Kong, Brunei, Australia, Fiji and Phuket”, and replaces Ester Marcaida, “who will move on to handle various Shangri-La projects”, says the Hong Kong-based group of 95 hotels in 24 countries.


UBM plc has agreed to acquire Allworld Exhibitions for a cash consideration “that values the business at US$485 million on a debt and cash free basis”. Allworld is a privately-owned group of mainly Asia-based operations running tradeshows in 11 countries and across nine industry sectors.  It “generated revenues of US$97.2 million and EBITDA of US$37.6 million [38.7 per cent margin] during the 12 months ended 30 June, 2016″. UBM says.
“The acquisition of Allworld represents an exceptional opportunity to accelerate growth by investing in a high-quality events business,” says UBM CEO Tim Cobbold, CEO of UBM. “In so doing, we cement our position as the leading events business in Asia and achieve the number one position in the fast-growing ASEAN region. Allworld’s management and employees bring tremendous experience and expertise to UBM.”

IMEX 2017 in Frankfurt offers two hosted buyer groups: from May 16-17, the Tuesday and Wednesday, or May 17-18, the Wednesday and Thursday.  “On request, IMEX will host you from Tuesday to Thursday,” its organizers say this week.

On Tuesday (January 24), Dusit International launched an Air Miles collaboration with Cathay Pacific that would enable guests to earn up to 2,800 air miles per stay until the end of March.



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