Travel Bulletin - - BUSINESS EVENTS NEWS - By Nathalie Craig

THINK­ING of tak­ing your busi­ness event some­where warmer? For some­thing unique, try the Philip­pines. The ar­chi­pel­ago of more than 7,000 is­lands is equiped with meet­ing spa­ces, lux­ury ho­tels and a lush, trop­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment. The county’s cap­i­tal, Manila, is home to the coun­try’s con­ven­tion show­piece, The Philip­pine In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­ter, and is no stranger to host­ing sig­nif­i­cant in­ter­na­tional events. Busi­ness events are by no means re­stricted to the cap­i­tal with many other cities, towns and is­lands pro­vid­ing beau­ti­ful and en­gag­ing set­tings. Del­e­gates will no doubt feel com­fort­able in the Philip­pines with the lo­cals renowned for their warm and wel­com­ing na­ture and sense of fun. If you time your trip right, you can even catch one of the na­tion’s fa­mous fes­ti­vals. Some top picks on where to host your event fol­low. They fea­ture some great meet­ing spa­ces and ac­com­mo­da­tion for those at­tend­ing along with the op­por­tu­nity for am­ple recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties.


Ex­pe­ri­ence a con­fer­ence in The Philip­pines old­est city, Cebu, in one of the area’s lux­u­ri­ous re­sorts. The Wa­ter­front Cebu City Ho­tel & Casino is a good op­tion with a ball­room that seats 3,200 guests. Cebu is a city that loves to cel­e­brate so look out for the an­nual itin­er­ary of fi­es­tas. Jan­uary when the colour­ful Sin­u­log Fes­ti­val takes place is one of the best months to or­gan­ise an event in the city. The cel­e­bra­tions in­cor­po­rate street danc­ing, bands, fire­works and a Mardi Gras pa­rade. Year round Cebu is great for soak­ing up some of coun­try’s iconic her­itage spots or tak­ing a day trip to one of the sur­round­ing wa­ter­falls.


Manila’s lux­ury re­sort and casino com­plex City of Dreams has put the city on the world stage as a busi­ness events lo­ca­tion. Sprawl­ing across more than six hectares near the shores of Manila Bay, the com­plex is made up of The Hy­att, Nobu Ho­tel and The Crown Tow­ers branded ho­tels of­fer­ing 1,000 lux­ury guest rooms be­tween them. The Hy­att is ideal for busi­ness in­cen­tives with meet­ing fa­cil­i­ties for up to 500 peo­ple along with an in­ter­ac­tive show-kitchen restau­rant open 24 hours. The com­plex of­fers live en­ter­tain­ment, night clubs and a high class shop­ping mall.


For bliss­ful sur­round­ings try Bo­ra­cay Is­land. It may only be 10 square kilo­me­tres but there’s plenty of space for events. One op­tion is the Shangri-la’s Bo­ra­cay Re­sort and Spa with its el­e­gant 400 square me­tre ball­room and sev­eral func­tion rooms. Get the at­ten­dees’ blood pump­ing with a para­sail­ing ex­pe­ri­ence fly­ing high above a speed boat or bring out the in­ner child and hop on top of a gi­ant in­flat­able fish and get pulled along by a speed boat, hold on, it can get bumpy! TA­GAY­TAY

Host your event 2,000 feet above ground level tak­ing in scenic views and misty moun­tain peaks. The Ta­gay­tay In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­ter is an ideal base for events, while the area of­fers am­ple choice in leisure ac­tiv­i­ties. Ex­pe­ri­ence Ta­gay­tay on horse­back-rid­ing or by hik­ing the moun­tains. A day tour of the fa­mous Taal vol­cano can be or­gan­ised start­ing at the Palace in the Sky – the un­fin­ished man­sion of for­mer Pres­i­dent Fer­di­nand Mar­cos. Also known as ‘The Peo­ple’s Park in the Sky’ this spot is an ab­so­lute must to drink up the best views of the Taal Lake and vol­cano.

Hy­att, City of Dreams Sin­u­log fes­ti­val (©Constantine Au­gus­tine) Bo­raa­cay Ta­gay­tay (©Gert Mewes)

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