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The Philippines’ Laudable 2016 MICE Roster Set The Tone For 2017 And Beyond

September 28, 2017 Trade Events No Comments Email Email

Hosting a number of Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, and Events (MICE) of different professions from medicine and healthcare, retail, travel and tourism and education industries, proved to be productive and profitable for thecountry last 2016, resulting to more MICE events to be hosted in the Philippines.
In the first quarter of 2016, the Philippines welcomed various medical practitioners and media to participate in three significant occasions: the Regional Meeting of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA), the 5th Asian and Oceanian Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Congress (AOPMC).

With the theme “Psychiatry and Society in the 21st Century”, WPA 2016 Manila highlighted the various growth areas in the science and art of psychiatry practice in the context of environmental and cultural challenges unique to the region. Coincidentally, the hosting also highlighted the Philippines’ capacity to successfully address the needs of a conference of global magnitude and importance.

Likewise, the AOPMC 2016 Manila proved the country to be a most effective destination for their congress. In their post event report, the AOPMC gathered feedback from their total of 700 foreign and local attendees who rated the biennial activity hosted by the Philippines as “very good” in majority of the event-related parameters such as the venue, local arrangements, to the actual scientific program.

The well-attended East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS), with membership of 150 schools from East Asia, held its 2016 leadership council in the International School Manila. This prestigious event gathered the region’s brightest members of the academe in the Philippines on 31 March to 02 April 2016, igniting inspiration, synergy, and international cooperation to the benefit of the students in East Asia and beyond.

The Philippines is proud to be the host destination for the annual Asian Medical Students’ Conference (AMSC), a yearly conference of the Asian Medical Students’ Association International (AMSA-I) and Asia’s largest event of medical students. The conference involves the participation of hundreds of medical students from as many as 24 local chapters around the Asia-Pacific region.

Selected participants immersed themselves in the meet’s post tour module in Coron, Palawan, and are impressed not only with the exceptional organization of the event, but with the country’s incomparable beauty as well.

As a world-class MICE destination, the country also catered to the needs of other industries with ease. Both the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Recon Asia and the Travel Blog Exchange (TBEX) happened in Manila last October to resounding success.

Furthermore, the latter has given the country an enormous social media push, thanks to the propensity of TBEX attendees to upload on real time their experience in the Philippines. Even with a storm brewing, the overwhelming majority of TBEX attendees were smitten with
Filipino hospitality and our incomparable destinations.

Last November 2016, Philippine Airlines (PAL) proudly hosted the Philippines the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA)’s assembly of Presidents in Cebu 15 years from its last hosting in 2005. The meeting saw attendance from the 16 AAPA Presidents and their key staff to our shores, validating that the country is conducive to process common regional issues such as airport congestion, disease control, and safety.

Hosting the 2017 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit and other international conferences this year, the Philippines’ MICE sector is kept busy with a series of events already lined up beyond 2017.

Kick-starting the year of promising events for the country, the Global Peace Convention 2017 took place in the Philippines last February to March; while the 8th Asian Congress of Pediatric Infectious Diseases (ACPID) and the Symposium of the Federation of Asian and Oceanian Biochemists and Molecular Biologists (FAOBMB) all scheduled to happen during the last quarter of 2017.

With its astounding successful MICE repertoire, there is no doubt why the nation has also won the bids to host other international conferences.

Led by former tourism officers, the Department of Tourism (DOT) thru the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) provided local District Rotaract Representative John Alexiz Tan with bidding materials and suggested not only to promote the Rotary/Rotaract Programs of the country to the conference but its beautiful destinations as well; consequently winning the bid to the Asia Pacific RegionalRotract Conference (APRRC) 2018, one of the annual large-scale Rotaract events designed to convene Rotaractors from all over the Asia Pacific region.

On another bidding note, during the recently concluded 68th FIABCI World Congress in Andorra, FIABCI Philippines President Nestor S. Mangio announced that the Philippines will be presenting the 2020 FIABCI World Congress.

According to Mangio, hosting the congress would likely result in significant advantages to the Philippines such as forging business relationships and improving cooperation among real estate representatives from FIABCI member countries, and also promoting Philippine tourism, trade and investments.

FIABCI is an International Real Estate Federation aims to provide an avenue where real estate professionals can gain knowledge, share information andconduct business with one another.

The Philippines is also set to host an array of MICE events for 2018 and 2019. Scheduled meetings to be hosted in 2018 are: Federation of Asian Pharmaceutical Association (FAPA) Congress 2018, Asia Pacific Coral Reef Symposium, Congress of the Asian Pacific Society of Atherosclerosis and Vascular Disease (APSAVD), New Dimensions for Natural Hazards in Asia: An AOGS-EGU Joint Conference, Asia Pacific Orthodontic Conference, Conference of Inter-Pacific Bar Association (IPBA), World Street Food Congress 2018, Asian Seed Congress, Asia Pacific Congress of Cardiology; and the Scientific Meeting of the Asian Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL) scheduled for 2019.

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