The Digital Magazine for the International MICE Industry March 2015 IN THIS EDITION In:Focus Madrid In:Focus The Philippines In:Venue Amsterdam RAI enhances its exhibitions with the InnovationLAB In:Centive Festivals, Parades & Events: Germany’s Living Traditions In:Case Meeting Place Berlin 2015 The German Capital Showcases Itself In:Country South Africa In:Search Increased Focus On Total Cost of Meetings and Trips In:IMEX inspiring industry education at Exclusively Corporate Image Copyright: Robo G. Formacion Frankfurt 19–21 May 2015 How much do you know about IMEX? As the countdown to IMEX 2015 begins, take our quick ck 1. How many people from the international meetings industry attended last year’s IMEX? A) Just under 5,000 B) Just under 10,000 C) Just under 15,000 2. Which of the following subjects will be included in IMEX 2015’s 10-track education programme? A) Marketing B) Technology C) Wellbeing 4. Hosted Buyers receive at IMEX? A) Free travel and accommodation B) C) A friendly concierge service 5. Which destination held a screaming contest on their stand last year? A) Mexico B) Norway C) Japan 3. How big is the company behind the show? A) Under 60 people B) 60 –120 people C) 120+ people IMEX. A small, friendly company hosting a big, friendly event. Come and join us 19–21 May 2015 in fabulous Frankfurt. Register now for IMEX 2015 imex-frankfurt.com/register imex-frankfurt.com Call +44 (0)1273 227311 Email [email protected] @imex_group The worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events. Answers: 1. C 2. A,B&C 3. A 4. A,B&C 5. B (They’re not as shy as we thought, obviously.) MICE:destination Publisher’s Note Dear Reader! It’s my pleasure to present the March edition of MICE:destination to you! In this edition, our destinations In:Focus are on the city of Madrid and on The Philippines. The German capital Berlin will showcase itself in June In:Case introduces Meeting Place Berlin 2015 to you, and In:Centive introduces Germans living traditions to you. Take a look on both – you will be able to run extraordinary meetings and incentive programs in Germany. In:Country introduces South Africa’s social and business customs and In:IMEX introduces the inspiring education programme of Exclusively Corporate, taking place on Monday May 18. In:Show features an interview with Charo Trabado, General Manager of G.S.A.R Marketing, the organizer of MITM Euromed taking place on May 6-8 in Calpe, Spain and an outlook on ITE & MICE, taking place from 11-14 June in Hong Kong. In:Venue features Amsterdam RAI which enhances its exhibitions with the InnovationLAB – don’t miss the article. Your feedback about MICE:destination is very much appreciated - do you like the edition? Do you wish to share an experience with our readers? Please don’t hesitate to contact us! 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Sincerely Yours Martina Warter General Manager & Publisher MICE Media Marketing Content In:Sight Industry News 4 In:IMEX Inspiring industry education at Exclusively Corporate @IMEX 7 In:Case Meeting Place Berlin 2015 - The German Capital Showcases Itself 8 In:Focus Madrid - Modern Facilities Blended with History 9 In:Focus The Philipp ines - Vibrant Destination With Legendary Hospitality 19 In:Show ITE & MICE Hong Kong 2015 30 In:Show MITM Euromed Calpe, Spain - 6-8 May 2015 Trends, Developments and a Glance on the 19th edition of the Show An Interview with Charo Trabado, General Manager of G.S.A.R Marketing 31 In:Country South Africa 33 In: Venue Amsterdam RAI Enhances its Exhibitions with the InnovationLAB 36 In:Centive Festivals, Parades & Events: Germany’s Living Traditions 37 In:Search Increased Focus On Total Cost of Meetings and Trips 38 In:VIP VIP Contact Information 39 3 - MICE Media Marketing - MICE:destination In:Sight Asia Pacific Australia: BESydney Welcomes AUS6 Million Funding Boost Business Events Sydney (BESydney) is delighted that the New South Wales (NSW) Government would commit to providing the company with an additional $6 million funding over the next four years to help make Sydney the number one destination for major events in the country. The announcement comes off the back of last week’s NSW Government commitment to provide an additional $123.35 million, a 25 per cent boost, to the sector. Of that, $73.25 million will be allocated to making Sydney number one for major events in Australia. In 2014, business events contributed more than $224 million in economic impact to the NSW economy from 78 previously secured conferences, conventions and incentive events held in Sydney. Over the past five years, events secured by BESydney have delivered an economic impact of almost $1 billion to the NSW and Australian economies. “We have our sights firmly on the future and on securing business for the new ICC Sydney. It’s now less than two years before these world-class facilities will open their doors to the world and we are looking forward to welcoming the thinkers, discovers and leading global minds that will help to shape our future,” concluded Ms Lewis-Smith. Already, more than 20 events have chosen to hold their events at ICC Sydney, including the International Bar Association Annual Conference and the World Chambers Congress in 2017 and Sibos and the World Congress of Accountants in 2018. www.businesseventssydney.com.au Europe, Middle East, Africa Austria: 150 Years of Vienna’s Ringstrasse From military grounds to showpiece boulevard: Vienna’s Ringstrasse celebrates the 150th anniversary of its opening in 2015. The largest construction project in Vienna’s history marked the capital’s transformation from an imperial capital to a truly European metropolis. Throughout the year the Ringstrasse provides the backdrop for a diverse range of large-scale events that play out in the buildings lining the boulevard and its squares and parks. Cultural highlights include the world-famous New Year’s Concert by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at the Musikverein, 4 - MICE Media Marketing - MICE:destination the Music Film Festival on Rathausplatz in summer and live opera broadcasts on the big screen outside the Vienna State Opera. The focus turns to sport at the Argus Bike Festival cycle show in April, and the Vienna City Marathon which finishes on Heldenplatz. In September Vienna hosts the biggest prize in equestrian sport when the Global Champions Tour comes to Rathausplatz for the Vienna Masters. Culinary specialties from local growers and producers are the order of the day at the Genussfestival in Stadtpark in May, while Modepalast at the MAK Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/ Contemporary Art showcases the latest fashions and fashionrelated products. At the same location, the Blickfang sales fair puts the spotlight on design every October. From mid-November onwards Christmas and Advent markets start to spring up at locations throughout the city, including Rathausplatz, Karlsplatz and Maria-Theresien-Platz, the square between the Natural History Museum and the Kunsthistorisches Museum. The historic buildings lining the ‘Ring’ also host countless balls, mainly during the season in January and February. Venues include the Hofburg Palace, Vienna State Opera, Musikverein, Konzerthaus and City Hall. www.ringstrasse2015.info | www.b2b.vienna.info UK: Wembley Stadium Achieves AIM Accreditation Wembley Stadium connected by EE, the largest stadium in the United Kingdom and second largest in Europe, is the latest highprofile venue to become Accredited In Meetings (AIM) and join the mia as venue members. The stadium not only is the venue home to the England football team but also host to a myriad of concerts, live events, conferences, meetings, events and exhibitions. Wembley Stadium boasts four main meeting and event spaces, The Bobby Moore Room, The Great Hall, The Atrium and The Wembley Suite. By achieving AIM, Wembley Stadium joins over 500 venues and suppliers all of whom have met a rigorous set of agreed standards and adhere to a strict code of practice which demonstrates their excellence in terms of legal compliance, ethical business operations, capability, quality of the facilities and overall fitness for purpose. AIM is the UK’s only nationally recognised quality standard for the meetings, conferences and events industry. The accreditation is endorsed by Visit Britain, Visit Wales, Meet England, ABPCO, MPI and HBAA. www.wembleystadium.com In:Sight Qatar: A Feast of Flavours At The Qatar International Food Festival - March 24-28 Qatar, the Gulf nation quickly gaining a reputation as an exciting foodie destination with a varied mix of world-class restaurants and local eateries, will once again play host to the 2015 edition of the Qatar International Food Festival on 24 to 28 March 2015. This year’s event will take place in the spectacular setting of the Museum of Islamic Art, overlooking Doha Bay. Jointly hosted by Qatar Tourism Authority and Qatar Airways, the highly popular Qatar International Food Festival brings together the world’s great culinary traditions and legendary Qatari hospitality across a long weekend of memorable alfresco gastronomic experiences, family fun and entertainment. Qatar has a host of excellent dining experiences waiting to be explored. The country’s diverse gastronomy offerings, all represented at the Festival, range from local dining at authentic eateries in to the most sophisticated international dining. An estimated 50 to 60 food stalls will provide visitors with a world of gourmet delicacies and chefs from many of Doha’s top restaurants will take part. Attractions are set to include live cooking demonstrations, musical performances and a dedicated 5 - MICE Media Marketing - MICE:destination family zone. Qatar’s cuisine is a melting pot of influences from around the world, whilst many locally grown foods, such as dates, sour apples and fresh almonds are considered delicacies. Hotspots for sampling traditional fare include Al Tawash Restaurant in the Souq Waqif, a cultural dining experience in Katara Cultural Village or delicious Middle Eastern cuisine at Al Mourjan Restaurant which offers stunning views from the Corniche across the bay. For world-class international dining, highlights include IDAM at the Museum of Islamic Art, Alain Ducasse’s first restaurant in the Middle East. Nestled within the museum, top class dining as well as spectacular views across Doha are on offer. Other options are THREE SIXTY at the Torch Doha for sweeping views, or fine dining in a relaxed setting at Opal by Gordon Ramsay at the St Regis. Overlooking the Arabian Gulf, it offers simple, fresh and tasty dishes in a social dining environment. For a trendy and contemporary vibe, young locals and expats frequent the design-led W Hotel where restaurant offerings include Spice Market, Market by Jean-Georges and La Spiga. These high-end dining experiences are soon to be complimented In:Sight by the opening of the world’s biggest Nobu in Doha. The Four Seasons Hotel Doha has partnered with Nobuyuki Matsuhisa to open an outpost of the world renowned seafood and sushi restaurant. Whilst keeping many of the brand’s signature dishes such as yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno, the menu at the 26,000sq foot restaurant will also feature new creations using local ingredients such as exotic spices and the freshest seafood from the Arabian Gulf, such as black-streaked monocle bream. in Peru, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Guatemala. The times of the Lufthansa services are coordinated with Copa’s connecting flights to allow passengers to transfer comfortably at Tocumen Airport, Copa’s “Hub of the Americas”. A Doha dining experience would be incomplete without partaking in a relaxing Friday Brunch, an ever-increasing dining experience where visitors can enjoy an opulent choice of global cuisine, live entertainment and world-class hospitality. Friday Brunch is now offered by many of the major hotels and restaurants including The W Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, The St. Regis and La Varenne Doha. Mexico City: Centro Banamex confirmed to host ICOMEX 2015 from 25 to 26 August 2015 www.qatartourism.gov.qa Airline: Lufthansa To Fly To Panama For The First Time Lufthansa is further expanding its route network to South America. Starting November 16, 2015, the airline will offer year-round flights to Panama City for the first time, subject to government approval. An Airbus A340-300 aircraft will fly five times a week between Frankfurt and the economic metropolis in Central America. Flight LH 484 will take off from Frankfurt at 10.15 a.m. and arrive in Panama by 4.40 p.m. (local time) after a flight time of 12 hours and 25 minutes. The return flight LH 485 will depart from Panama City in the early evening as a night flight and land at Frankfurt Airport the following morning. On board, passengers can expect to find Lufthansa’s usual high level of comfort. A total of 298 seats will be available in Business, Premium Economy and Economy Class, featuring the latest cabin design in all classes: seats in the new Business Class can be converted at the touch of a button into a comfortable horizontal bed measuring 6.5 feet in length. In the new Premium Economy Class, increased legroom and a greater seat pitch await passengers. With the individual in-flight entertainment system, a wide range of entertainment is offered for passengers in all travel classes, as well as FlyNet, the wireless broadband internet. Lufthansa is also expanding its partnership with the Panamanian airline Copa. In the future, Lufthansa passengers will be able to easily reach an additional 50 destinations in Central and South America and the Caribbean with the partner airline. The most important travel destinations in Copa’s network include airports 6 - MICE Media Marketing - MICE:destination www.lh.com The Americas & The Caribbean Reed Exhibitions have confirmed that ICOMEX (www.icomexmexico.com), the leading MICE event in Mexico and Latin America, specialising in incentives, conferences and conventions is set to change venues and this year’s event is set to take place at the Centro Banamex in Mexico City. The event, recently acquired by Reed Exhibitions, has become the first trade show in Latin America for the ibtm events portfolio (www.ibtmevents.com). The show will take on the trusted values of the ibtm events portfolio; delivering a high quality Hosted Buyer programme combined with networking and education opportunities. The new partnership which will combine both local and international expertise, is set to deliver a platform where key regional and international MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) suppliers will meet with a powerful network of both regional and international buyers - for two dedicated days of business, education and networking. Upgrades, which have been made to the event for 2015 include the addition of a number of new regional and international destinations exhibiting and a revised education programme that has been designed specifically to focus on participants’ needs. www.icomex-mexico.com/front_content.php Want to get your complimentary copy of MICE:destination first? Click here to subscribe to our distribution list. In:IMEX Internationally renowned experts lead packed programme of inspiring industry education at E xclusively Corporate @IMEX Corporate executives from across the world can expand their knowledge of organising business meetings and events, as well as meet industry experts and learn from and with their peers in an exclusive and private setting at Exclusively [email protected] Taking place on Monday 18 May before IMEX in Frankfurt begins (19 – 21 May), Exclusively Corporate is the dedicated education and networking event specifically for corporate meeting and event planners. Kevin Kelly, internationally acclaimed motivational speaker and authority on the success principles underpinning entrepreneurship, leadership, sales and motivation, is set to deliver the keynote address. In ‘How Xceptional execution redefines innovation and enhances engagement’, he will explain how the driving force behind many organisations’ successes is often the exceptional execution of an ordinary idea. The programme then is split into tracks focusing on ‘Engagement’ and ‘Technology & Negotiation’. Alongside these education strands, senior corporate executives with more than 10 years’ experience who manage meetings and event programmes or departments have the opportunity to attend the private Executive Meeting Forum. What The Business Gurus Are Saying About Innovation and Engagement is the first session in the Engagement track delivered by Alan Jordan and Ron Immick from BookBuzz followed by Innovation And Engagement In Destination Selection by Gerard Brown, Head of Future Events at UBM Routes. The Technology & Negotiation track, sponsored by London & Partners, begins with Mike Dominguez, Senior Vice President for Sales at MGM Resorts International, talking about Understanding Your Negotiating Leverage In 2015 And Beyond. LinkedIn expert and trainer Bert Verdonck then explains how to Innovate By Using LinkedIn To Engage! Taking place in the inspiring setting of the newly renovated Kempinski Gravenbruch, Exclusively Corporate begins in style with a ‘meet and greet’ dinner on the Sunday evening (17 May) hosted by Starwood Hotels & Resorts, followed by a short networking breakfast the following day sponsored by Dubai Tourism. Following time to catch up on work or relax, the group programme kicks back into action with Kevin Kelly’s keynote, followed by a networking lunch and the tailored education programme. The programme finishes with a networking dinner 7 - MICE Media Marketing - MICE:destination Michelle Mone OBE, Exclusively Corporate @IMEX Keynote Address hosted by London & Partners. Carina Bauer, CEO of the IMEX Group, explains: “As an opportunity to exchange ideas, share expertise and best practice in a truly private and dedicated setting, Exclusively Corporate is unique for this audience. We’re set to welcome some of the industry’s leading experts to share their insight and experience in harnessing creativity and innovation to create meetings and events with impact. “Corporate executives continually tell us that having the opportunity to learn with their peers from organisations across the world in such a setting is truly valuable and sets up their IMEX experience in an unmatched way.” Only corporate meetings and events buyers, planners and co-ordinators can attend Exclusively Corporate to ensure that dialogue remains confidential. However, the chance to meet and do business with suppliers soon follows when the IMEX show itself opens on Tuesday 19 May. One of the world’s foremost business leaders is set to deliver the keynote speech at the opening ceremony at IMEX. Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP, the world’s largest business software company, believes passionately in the value and effectiveness of meetings as a means to drive business growth and profit, commenting: “Your industry is at the forefront of driving growth in the global economy.” For more details about Exclusively Corporate visit www.imexfrankfurt.com/events/education/[email protected] In:Case Fr Islan isian I ds I I I I I I BERLIN e I r I I Hanover I ser I I I We Münster Dortmund Essen Düsseldorf I Halle Kassel Cologne Aachen SAXONY Leipzig Erfurt Chemnitz Bonn BELGIUM LUX. z I Duisburg Magdeburgurg Har Dresden Frankfurt am Main M ai n Trier I I I Saarbrücken Nuremberg I CZECH REPUBLIC I I I Stuttgart Bla ck Fo res t FRANCE D anu be L. Constance (Bodensee) BAVARIA Munich AUSTRIA SWITZERLAND 200km 100mls major international airport dynamics and variety of offbeat locations. In addition to the workshops, site inspections will present the latest conference hotels and city venues. Varied incentives will provide unforgettable Berlin experiences: Nostalgic East Berlin fun awaits the participants, for example, on the Trabi Safari. No other vehicle in Berlin attracts more attention to itself, and at the same time suits the city and its history better. City tours will lead beyond known paths and well-known attractions such as the Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin TV tower. The tours will explore the city’s different neighborhoods. The opening night in the AXICA Convention and Conference Centre offers the ideal setting for a first get-together in a pleasant atmosphere. Located directly at the Brandenburg Gate, this building is impressive with its unusual architecture, offering a first glimpse of the city’s modern meeting and conference landscape. On the following days, the decision-makers of the world‘s major associations, organisations, companies, and convention agencies will meet 50 Berlin suppliers from the MICE industry in two workshops at the newly opened Westhafen Event & Convention Center (WECC). The suppliers include hotels, locations, and service providers. The WECC is the appropriate place for an intensive exchange: The former warehouse presents Berlin‘s 8 - MICE Media Marketing - MICE:destination Ode I I Elb POLAND GERMANY Hamburg Bremen NETHERLANDS Greifswald Lübeck ine Trabi Safari and neighbourhood tour: comprehensive general programme Rügen Rostock Kiel I Rh Heike Mahmoud, Director of Conventions at the visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office: “Meeting Place Berlin is an excellent way for our customers to experience our city as a diverse meeting and convention destination. The personal exchanges during the event bring people together and provide incentive to further develop what Berlin has to offer to our customers.” BALTIC SEA I Helgoland Meeting Place Berlin 2015 - The German Capital Showcases Itself At Meeting Place Berlin, from 2 to 6 July 2015, the German capital is presenting itself to 150 national and international top event planners. Together with Berlin’s meeting industry partners, the visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office will be providing information about trends and new developments in the city. DENMARK NORTH SEA In:Case Along the way, in streets with small restaurants, shops and parks, Berlin will reveal its truly distinctive character. At the „farewell party,“ the participants will enjoy a cocktail in BeachMitte – one of the largest beach bars in the capital – in the typical relaxed Berlin summer atmosphere. Enthusiastic participants Meeting Place Berlin is organized every two years by the visitBerlin Berlin Convention Office along with its city-wide partners. Since 2005, Meeting Place Berlin has developed into an internationally known event, generating enthusiasm among past participants. Feedback has included: „Thanks for fantastic days in Berlin. I have learned a lot, seen interesting meeting locations and new parts of Berlin“, the representative of a medical association from Sweden summed up. And an Italian incentive organizer added: „I often join fam trip (since 15 years more or less) but this had been really different and top level in terms of programmes, menù, venues and excursions proposed.“ And a convention organiser from Israel was thrilled: „The Meet Berlin Team showed highest professionalism and it was a pleasure attending the event.“ 9 - MICE Media Marketing - MICE:destination Berlin – an internationally sought after convention destination The figures speak for themselves: 126,200 events, 10.6 million participants, and 6.7 million hotel stays in 2013. This makes Berlin one of the leading convention destinations. Worldwide Berlin ranks among the top 5 sites for association conventions: The German capital occupies fifth place in the latest ICCA statistics. Share the greatest impressions from Meeting Place 2015 – from 2 July on Twitter: #mpberlin. More information and registration at meeting-place-berlin.com. Learn more about the Berlin convention metropolis at convention.visitBerlin.com. In:Focus Madrid - Modern Facilities Blended with History Royal Palace, Madrid - Image Copyright: Martina Warter 2014 The Spanish capital with its beautiful historic buildings and modern infrastructure attracts major events every year – we’re taking a closer look at this impressive – and in fact quite young - city on the European continent. Why Madrid? The reasons to choose Madrid for an event may well take many pages, but some key arguments are; it is easy to get to, the cities’ great choice of 4- and 5-star hotels to host your delegates, the excellent meeting facilities and the countless options to create a highly attractive social program around your event. We will introduce Madrid to you – read a short outline of the city’s history, accessibility, conference and exhibition centers, hotels with MICE facilities, venues and some ideas for your social program. A brief glance at the history The region’s history reaches back to the previous Spanish capital Toledo conquered by the Roman General M. Fulvius Nobilior in the year 192 B.C. Toledo developed into an important settlement and Roman colony with its own coinage and grew impressively in size and influence under different sovereignties. 10 - MICE Media Marketing - destination:MICE Madrid’s development only started with its foundation in the 9th century and was under the Moors influence and development. This changed when King Philip II moved the capital from Toledo In:Focus to Madrid in 1561 even though the city had neither a cathedral, a university or press at the time. Madrid however had the advantage of open land allowing it to expand and develop and grew massively. With money pouring in from the New World during the Golden Age in the 17th century, the city developed into a true capital and continued to raise its status during the eventful Bourbon Expansion in the 18h and early 19th century, followed by a period of instability of government, the Great Depression in the 1920s and the civil war in 1936. The following dictatorship of Francisco Franco lasted almost 40 years (19391975) until his death. The development of Madrid led to an incredible architectural inheritance and made it an extraordinary destination for events. Travelling to and in Madrid Located just 12 km northeast of Madrid, the capital’s airport Madrid-Barajas is the country’s main airport facility and the fifth in Europe. It is also the country’s biggest point of transports connection with underground, train, bus and taxi – and of course excellent road connection. Center Location Pabellón de Cristal. Casa de Campo The Madrid-Barajas Airport is Europe’s main hub to Latin America. With more than 70 airlines serving Madrid it is also very well connected to the European and North American hubs. In addition Madrid-Barajas Airport serves some African, Middle East and Asian key destinations and hubs. The Spanish rail system, Renfe, is the largest in Europe and second largest in the world offering easy AVE high speed network connections to key cities throughout the country. General rail connections cover all major cities in Spain and international connections to Portugal and France. Madrid’s public transport network includes the very fast and efficient subway lines including a 12-minute connection from the Airport T4 to Nuevos Ministerios (Line 8), an extensive city bus network and of course taxis. Conference Centers in Madrid We’ve prepared a little chart with the basic information to keep it easier for you to identify which conference centre will suit best to your needs. size sqm size sq ft Spanish Faire sector 20.200 217.431 3 floors 3.160 3.160 3.160 3.160 Centro de Congresos Príncipe Felipe close to the Airport and Juan Carlos I Fairground (IFEMA) 15.500 166.841 59 2.242 1.000 850 1.000 Palacio Municipal de Congresos de Madrid. Campo de las Naciones close to the Airport and Juan Carlos I Fairground (IFEMA) n/a n/a 28 1.812 234 1.400 1.440 Convenciones y Congresos IFEMA Feria de Madrid close to the Airport n/a n/a 19 1.100 378 400 846 Kinépolis Madrid 8km from the center of the city 2.615 28.148 24 1.000 - 800 1.500 Centro de Convenciones Mapfre AZCA, a strategic business area of Madrid n/a n/a 8 400 50 400 400 Euroforum San Lorenzo de El Escorial, 45 minutes from Madrid and the Airport. 3.000 32.292 18 300 200 - - Pabellón de Cristal. Casa de Campo The Crystal Pavilion is an emblematic building in the Spanish Faire sector. It is a highly singular premise, located in the heart of the Casa de Campo Park, very well connected with the city centre. The upper floor affords a privileged view of the Royal Palace and the Almudena Cathedral. 11 - MICE Media Marketing - destination:MICE meeting Theater Classr. rooms max max Banquet Cocktail max max The building has 20.200 sqm / 217,431 sqm ft of exhibition area, laid out on three floors connected to each other by lifts, escalators and stairs. A tunnel connects The Glass Pavilion to Madrid Arena, this feature makes it possible to tailor the space to the customer´s needs. In:Focus Centro de Congresos Príncipe Felipe The Principe Felipe Convention & Congress Center, located on the ground floor of the 869-room Auditorium Madrid Hotel, close to the Airport and the Juan Carlos I fairground (IFEMA) Centre offers an area of 15,500 sqm / 166,841 sq ft, this Center suitable for all types of events. Palacio Municipal de Congresos de Madrid. Campo de las Naciones The Madrid Conference Centre is a natural light marble and glass construction offering great versatility and functionality through its avant-garde design. Located in the “Campo de las Naciones”, Madrid’s financial center. the subway station linking city centre (10 minutes ride) and airport is just 2 walking minutes away. Beside it’s meeting rooms, it offers a multipurpose hall of 2.200+ sqm/ 23.680+ sq ft.and large exhibition areas Felipe II Campus are recently refurbished and offer 3,000 sqm / 32.292 sq ft of modular, fully flexible meeting space for groups from 10 to 1,200 persons. A selection of venues Madrid has literally uncounted venue options, but thanks to the great organization of the lovely staff of AlliedPRA DMC, we have visited some of them for you … Museo Nacional del Prado Convenciones y Congresos IFEMA Feria de Madrid The IFEMA Feria de Madrid is conveniently connected by subway to the Airport (3 minutes) and the city centre (10 minutes) and host’s 2 Convention and Congress Centres on its premises: The North Centre with an auditorium for 1.100 persons, 18 meeting rooms and a multipurpose entrance hall and the smaller South Centre – closest to public transportation offering an auditorium for 600 and 10 additional meeting rooms. Vast car and bus parking space is available at the IFEMA. Kinépolis Madrid Multifunctional spaces in an ultramodern environment for all kinds of events from 150 – 1,500 persons are the signature of Kinèpolis. Located 8 km from the city centre by highway and well connected to public transport. Centro de Convenciones Mapfre Located in the heart of AZCA, a strategic business area of Madrid with an underground station directly in front of the building and to the bus system, the Centro de Convenciones Mapfre is reached within 20 minutes from the airport. Its offerings are completed by exhibition halls of the Mapfre Foundation and surrounding hotels. The Moda Shopping Centre is nearby. Euroforum Euroforum is an option for those looking for a conference venue outside of Madrid. It is located in San Lorenzo de El Escorial, 45 minutes from Madrid and the Airport and consists of two of the most cutting-edge Business Campuses in Europe, exclusively for residential business training development. Infantes Campus and 12 - MICE Media Marketing - destination:MICE Available venue in the Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid Image Copyright: Martina Warter 2014 The Museo del Prado is among the Number of halls 3 world’s most important and Banquet 100 prestigious museums – and it is Cocktail 500 available for corporate events, Theater style 400 receptions or even dinners served within very unique settings. An Auditorium is available for private meetings and institutional or cultural events. The conference and event space is available after the public closing hours, and the museum expects that the venue and its spirit are well respected. Events may start one hour after the museum closes, but may start with guided tours of the museum while the event setup is prepared in parallel. My general impression on anything that is related to event customization requires very close coordination with the museum and all requirements related to it should be clearly communicated upfront. The museum reserves the right to approve all such items, including the extent to which the organizers brand or logos may be used. Musicians may be hired, but very close coordination with the museum is requested In:Focus because the museum reserves the right to refuse certain types of music. If you’re set for a string quartet no discussions may be expected, however the museum most likely will not accept rock or punk music. Food and Beverage also needs to be coordinated closely with and get approved by the museum. www.museodelprado.es/en or [email protected] The Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum The museum, located in the Palacio Number of halls 4 de Villahermosa in Madrid’s historic Banquet 300 centre, houses an important, Cocktail 800 remarkable art collection and opens Theater style 187 its doors privately for groups when the museum is closed. Guided tours through the permanent collections and temporary exhibitions may be followed by events in the Auditorium or one of the reception rooms: working sessions can be held in the Lecture Hall, small meetings in the Press Room, receptions in the Mirador, cocktails in the garden and large gala dinners in the Central Hall. The auditorium provides excellent acoustics and perfect visibility through the alignment of its 187 leather-covered seats. It is equipped with cutting-edge systems of video and audio projection as well as translation booths. The Central Hall at the entrance to the Palacio de Villahermosa with its 15 metre-high ceiling is presided over by a magnificent painting by Tintoretto. Combined with the Museum’s vestibule and the Temporary Exhibitions Hall, it offers an ideal space for cocktails and gala dinners. The Temporary Exhibitions Hall is a lobby providing access to the Temporary Exhibitions Gallery and a beautiful view on the museums garden. An ideal cocktail location at the end of a visit. The museum offers a range of additional options for events, find a pricelist on http://www.museothyssen.org/en/thyssen/ lista_de_precios www.museothyssen.org/en/thyssen/home or [email protected] Circulo des Bellas Artes The private cultural entity Círculo de Number of halls 7 500 Bellas Artes CASAEUROPA (CBA) is a Banquet Cocktail 850 renowned reference in European culture in a prime location in the Theater style 220 centre of Madrid. The spectacular Classroom style 500 building is listed as a Property of Cultural Interest in the Spanish heritage registry and the unique spaces with audiovisual media equipment and Wi-Fi may be 13 - MICE Media Marketing - destination:MICE used for Circulo des Bellas Artes, afternoon view from the roof-deck any kind Image Copyright: Martina Warter 2014 of event, be it dinners, receptions, conferences, training, workshops... Added value and high visibility through event promotion in the CBA’s own media - website, newsletter, press team is part of the CBA’s event services. The building (15.000 sqm / 161.459 sq ft) offers four exhibition halls, one floor of workshops, six multifunctional halls, two historical halls, a theater, a cinema and the large, well known café restaurant “La Pecera”. Ancillary services are available for organizers. www.circulobellasartes.com or [email protected] Casa de América (Linares Palace) The Palacio de Linares, headquarters Number of halls 4 of the Casa de América, is in the Banquet 300 centre of Madrid, in Plaza de Cibeles Cocktail 800 (between Paseo de Recoletos and Theater style 187 Calle de Alcalá). Building work on the palace began in 1877 by express command of the Marquis and Marchioness of Linares, José María Murga y Reolid and his wife Raimunda Osorio y Ortega, and was completed in 1900. The Palacios architects were Carlos Colubí, Adolf Ombrecht and Manuel Aníbal Álvarez (for the Casa de Muñecas – the dolls’ house, the marble garden staircase and the stables). While the palace was built with the distinctive, visible limestone, it is incredibly beautiful decorated with countless paintings of famous artists like Alejandro Ferrant, Francisco Pradilla and Manuel Domínguez. Beautiful tapestries, Parisian lamps, bronzes luxurious fabrics, precious ornaments, glass from Antwerp are beside marble, bronze, mosaics and incredible woodworks. The sculptor Jerónimo Suñol designed the facades decorative features such as angels, ornamental vases and worked the In:Focus Palacio de Cibeles Equally located in close neighbourhood to the Case de América on the Plaza de Cibeles is its most prominent building – and one of the most recognizable buildings of Madrid – the Palacio de Cibeles. Built in a cathedral-like style in 1909, it was previously referred to as the Palace of communications and hosted the post office, the postal services headquarters, was the home to the Postal and Telegraphic Museum and became the Madrid City Hall in 2007. Casa de América, available venue Image Copyright: Martina Warter 2014 coats of arms. The palace’s stately rooms are available for all kinds of events and corporate meetings in this gorgeous palace which headquarters today the Casa de America. The incredibly beautiful rooms, salons and the modern and functional Amphitheatre as well as the beautiful garden and terrace are a framework for unforgettable events. www.casamerica.es/en - [email protected] Tel:+34 915954807 or +34 915954841 Venues 4 Restaurant Cocktail Banquet 80 60 Terrace Cocktail 110 Cafeteria Cocktail Banquet 100 70 Chappel Cocktail Banquet 60 40 Palacio de Cibeles on Plaza de Cibeles. The Terraces are located on the roof, to the right and left of the middle tower. Image Copyright: Martina Warter 2014 On the buildings 6th floor you find the Restaurant Palacio de Cibeles with its marvelous terraces offering an incredible and unforgettable view of Madrid combined. In addition, Colección Cibeles offers two rooms on the building’s 2nd floor: the modern style Cafeteria and the adjoining Capilla (chapel).both may be rented and privatized for your events… hold . private dinners, product launches, presentations, press lunches, cocktails… these venues will suit. All suggestions are designed by Adolfo Muñoz and his team, seeking an excellence quality; and are mixture between traditional and latest culinary trends. www.adolfo-palaciodecibeles.com/events-and-celebrations-atpalacio-de-cibeles.html 14 - MICE Media Marketing - destination:MICE In:Focus Palacio de Neptuno 3 Originating from the turn of the 20th Number of halls century and an architectural Banquet 570 masterpiece of Madrid de los Cocktail 750 Austrias, Palacio Neptuno is a part of Theater style 400 the gardens and palace of the Duke of Medinaceli. Recently restored, preserving the essence of its old splendor this magnificient venue may accommodate groups from 50 up to 1000 (entire Palacio) guests for cocktails, presentations or banquets. Palacio Neptuno is currently regarded as one of Madrid’s most exclusive and important venue, in direct proximity of the Museo Nacional del Prado – and is with its modern infrastructure and design very much avant-garde. Three main lounges, an auditorium, the entrance hall, a VIP room and the open terrace are ideal event settings. www.palacioneptuno.com - or [email protected] Casino de Madrid Madrid in 1836, in the romantic era, Number of halls full of literary, artistic and social Banquet anxieties a select group of Cocktail intellectuals like Espronceda and Theater style Zorrilla, used to meet at the Café del Classroom style Príncipe in the Santa Ana Square, and decided to found the Casino de Madrid. 5 224 350 150 300 They created a friendly atmosphere in which everybody could talk about and discuss everything, within a spirit of tolerance, so the Casino of Madrid was never a place of game or gambling but a place of growth and culture, neutral and free to all ideas, in which the controversies never turned into bitter disputes. This spirit moved with the Casino de Madrid into its recent premises, making it a great venue for all kinds of meetings within a most extraordinary setting. The building was inaugurated on October 1st, 1910 and declared a Monument of Cultural Interest in 1993. Casino de Madrid is without a doubt one of the country’s most important and prestigious venues. There has been a notable increase in the cultural side, and the catering offered has flourished greatly. From the very hand of Ferran Adria (3 Michelin Stars), gastronomic assessor of the Casino of Madrid and his outstanding disciple Paco Roncero, head chef, come the best gastronomic delights served in the impressive halls and at our 2 Michelin Star restaurant La Terraza del Casino. The Casino de Madrid is a high level venue; jacket and tie are required for gentlemen. When considering an event in this venue, the event must have quite a long lead-time to ensure the availability. www.casinodemadrid.es or [email protected] Accommodation with MICE facilities During our visit to Madrid, we were invited to visit the listed Melia Hotels – and it is a pleasure to recommend them for their quality, service and facilities to you. In particular when organizing incentives, the ‘Level’ service is highly recommended. Gran Meliá Fénix Casino de Madrid Image Copyright: Martina Warter 2014 15 - MICE Media Marketing - destination:MICE Meeting Rooms 3 Following to their invitation, I was Banquet 100 honored to stay in the Gran Meliá Cocktail 110 Fenix Hotel in the heart of the city at Theater style 100 the Plaza do Colón… and it is Classroom style 80 undoubtedly one of the most beautiful, historic hotels you may find. It offers extraordinary service levels to their guests, so you may without hesitation house the most demanding clients in this wonderful property. In:Focus Located in the financial center, and at a short distance of the most exclusive boutiques and the well-known Prado, Thyssen for lunch and dinner and the “Café Saigon” serves delicious Asian cuisine. With its multiple possibilities to host any kind of events the Meliá Castilla is a remarkable hotel in Madrid. The vast conference and event area includes an extraordinary 511 seat Auditorium offering most modern, interactive conference technology on every seat. This allows real-time interaction between the speakers and auditorium as well as simultaneous translation and connectivity for electronic devices. www.meliacastilla.com or [email protected] Melia Madrid Princesa Gran Meliá Fénix, Lobby Image Copyright: Gran Meliá Fénix and Reina Sofia Museums, this hotel is distinguished for being part of “The Leading Hotels of the World”. Its 207 guestrooms are exquisitely decorated, combining classic elegance with avant-garde flairs and the latest technologies. A furniture with history shares space with plasma televisions, stereo music equipment and high-speed internet connections. Among others service, 24h Room Service and Business Center, Fitness Center, hairdresser’s or valet and porterage service are offered. An absolute highlight is the hotels DRY Bar by Javier de las Muelas, a worldwide reference in cocktail bartending. The excellent Epoque restaurant serves excellent dishes and the hotels hosts one of the most beautiful spa’s you may imagine. www.gran-melia-fenix.com or [email protected] Melia Castilla Strategically located in the city Meeting Rooms 32 centre, just a few meters from the Banquet 504 Paseo de la Castellana, 15min from Cocktail 700 the airport, the IFEMA Trade Fair or Theater style 511 the City Congress Center and close to Classroom style 511 the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium the 915-room Melia Castilla offers a comfortable environment surrounded by popular commercial streets and close proximity to public transportation. Organizers may choose from a wide variety of cuisines: the excellent “L´Albufera” invites you savour Spain´s exquisite rice paellas among its other fine food, ”La Brasserie” opens all day 16 - MICE Media Marketing - destination:MICE The luxury Hotel offers a Meeting Rooms 21 contemporary and cutting edge flair Banquet 310 and elegant interior design. thanks to Cocktail 400 its excellent location in the heart of Theater style 400 the city it is the perfect option for Classroom style 230 business and leisure travellers seeking a fully renovated property with extensive and comfortable facilities and the superb service quality. 274 Bedrooms & Suites and 21 Meeting Facilities will make of your stay a guaranteed success. Being located just a few minutes from Gran Vía, Plaza Mayor, Puerta del Sol and the main museums and cultural attractions such as the Prado Museum, the Reina Sofía National Art Centre and the Thyssen - Bornemisza Museum make it ideal to include some of the most stunning venues in your program. www.meliamadridprincesa.com or [email protected] ME Madrid Reina Victoria Meeting Rooms 9 The ME Madrid Reina Victoria is strategically located in the heart of Banquet 250 the city, with easy access to the Cocktail 300 major attractions such as the Prado Theater style 220 Museum, Thyssen-Bornemisza Classroom style 180 Museum and Reina Sofia Museum, Retiro Park, Congress building, Puerta del Sol, Plaza Mayor, the Royal Palace and the city’s shopping and business areas. the interior of the hotel was transformed by Keith Hobbs and his United Designers team to conserving the splendid beauty of the architecture and infusing it with the cutting edge spirit of ME by Meliá - with custom-made designer furniture, eclectic accessories and innovative works of art. The splendid bar ‘The Roof’ is a most extraordinary rooftop location for cocktails and banquet seating with a most splendid, extraordinary view over Madrid. The modern and eclectic In:Focus furniture and luxurious finishing of the ‘Ana la Santa’ restaurant is another highlight. The 7 meeting rooms equipped with the latest technologies and modern audiovisual equipment complete the Hotel facilities. Me Madrid Reina Victoria is a Biosphere Hotel running sustainability policies. InterContinental Madrid Parador de Alcalá de Henares The former Santo Tomás Dominican Meeting Rooms 15 Convent and School and its Banquet 310 magnificent seventeenth-century Cocktail 420 building have been transformed into Theater style 460 Parador de Alcalá de Henares. The Classroom style 315 hotel represents one of the city’s landmarks along with Hostería del Estudiante, in the former Minor School of San Jerónimo, founded by Cardinal Cisneros in 1510 and overlooking the beautiful Patio Trilingüe at the University of Alcalá de Henares. Together, these monuments form a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Parador opened in 2008 and won several awards, among them the second prize in architecture World Heritage Cities, granted by the Ministry of Culture in 2009. In addition the property was awarded by the “Grand Hotel” as best Meetings & Conventiones Hotel in Spain 2011. The meeting and event space consists of 12 meeting rooms some of which have a separate reception area - covering nearly 1,000 sqm / 10,764 sq ft. In addition it is possible to organize presentations, press conferences or inauguration/ closing events in Corral de Comedias Theatre of Alcalá de Henares. www.parador.es or [email protected] Hilton Madrid Airport Meeting Rooms Banquet Cocktail Theater style Classroom style 15 320 450 400 290 The hotel may adapt to your requirements with 1700 sqm / 18,299 sq ft of flexible space and a multifunctional area for exhibitions or cocktail receptions for up to 600 persons. The Isabela Ballroom offers 455 sqm / 4,898 sq ft and may accommodate up to 580 persons. 15 fully-equipped meeting rooms offer the latest technology and all meeting spaces have been awarded the prestigious 17 - MICE Media Marketing - destination:MICE The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle bus to / from all airport terminals and to the city center. www.hilton.com or [email protected] www.memadrid.com or [email protected] Hilton Madrid Airport is a first choice for organizers requiring airport proximity as it is located just 5 minutes from Madrid Barajas International Airport and 5 minutes from IFEMA trade fair venue. Hilton Meetings Qualified certificate, guaranteeing the highest standards of service. The dedicated Hilton Team Members are on hand to help with your details. One of the city’s most emblematic hotels is located in the Paseo de la Castellana, an exclusive upscale area of Madrid. Meeting Rooms Banquet Cocktail Theater style Classroom style 15 550 800 500 230 The property offers 302 guestrooms and suites, 15 versatile meeting rooms with natural day light and a team to guarantee the best service and tailored solutions. InterContinental Club offers a private lounge and special services to all superior room’s guests. The terrace garden is a unique venue to host any kind of events and the “El Jardin” restaurant serves fine gastronomy. www.intercontinental.com/madrid or [email protected] Ritz Madrid Meeting Rooms 4 At Ritz Madrid Castilian tradition Banquet 250 meets international panache in the capitals center. Located between the Cocktail 400 Prado and Thyssen museums, in the Theater style 250 fashionable Retiro district the hotel Classroom style 160 with its leafy garden, elegant terrace and sumptuous Goya Restaurant, is an oasis of tranquility and architectural splendour. As a magnificent example of the Belle Époque style, the Hotel Ritz Madrid has been entertaining royalty and heads of state since its inauguration by King Alfonso XIII in 1910. Today, with its individually designed rooms, superb cuisine and impeccable service, it maintains the standards of excellence that have placed it among the premier hotels in Europe. www.ritzmadrid.com or [email protected] Sheraton Madrid Mirasierra Hotel & Spa The new Sheraton Madrid Mirasierra Hotel & Spa offers 182 suites which places it among the most spacious in the city and makes it an ideal property for demanding groups and high level events. Meeting Rooms Banquet Cocktail Theater style Classroom style The property offers 1,800 sqm / 19375 sq ft of space for 10 560 800 750 460 In:Focus business, made up of 14 independent, naturally-lit rooms on two floors. The business center offers professional support and secretarial services. www.sheratonmadridmirasierra.com or [email protected] The Westin Palace Madrid The Westin Palace Madrid, built under King Alfonso XIII in 1912, was renovated recently to return its original splendour. Meeting Rooms Banquet Cocktail Theater style Classroom style 20 430 700 450 320 Located near the Prado museum and other notable art centres and historical monuments, this magnificent building has 467 rooms and suites. It is furnished and decorated in the sumptuous classical Belle Epoque style completed with modern facilities. The establishment stands out for its enormous glass dome, which has been the centre of Spanish society for a long time. Among the numerous amenities, there are 20 meeting rooms with a capacity of up to 800 persons, a fully-equipped business centre and 2 restaurants. Madrid Convention Bureau The Madrid Convention Bureau is ready to assist you in all matters related to your event – don’t hesitate to visit their website www.esmadrid.com/mcb_en/portal.do or email [email protected] MADRID CONVENTION BUREAU MADRID DESTINO. CULTURA, TURISMO Y NEGOCIO Municipal Department for The Artes, Sports and Tourism Madrid City Council Plaza Mayor 27, 2nd floor 28012 MADRID Telephone: (+34) 91 758 55 28 Fax: (+34) 91 541 42 25 [email protected] www.esmadrid.com www.westinpalacemadrid.com or [email protected] Madrid - City Impressions Image Copyrights: Martina Warter 2014 18 - MICE Media Marketing - destination:MICE In:Focus The Philippines - Vibrant Destination With Legendary Hospitality Eurasia meets the Pacific in the Philippines – and creates a magnificent collection of 7,107 islands – a tropical paradise of sandy tropical beaches with turquoise blue waters and modern infrastructure. Spanish influence may be felt in ways from names of towns or neighbourhoods to the paella found in restaurants and Catholic meet Islamic customs and animalist rituals – creating an utterly fascinating atmosphere Whether you’re looking to create an unforgettable incentive program for a small group or a convention for a very large group, the Philippine infrastructure will be able to support your needs offering highly competitive value for money and incredible preor post-meeting programs. Fort Santiago, Manila, Philippines Image Copyright TPB Philippines The country is home to nine UNESCO World Heritage listed sites, with a coastline twice as long as the USA, offering tropical jungles, mountains, active volcanos or natural hot springs. In this edition of MICE:destination, it is our great pleasure to shed light on this fascinating country and it’s predisposition for MICE events. Manila and its region Metro Manila is an exciting, colourful and complex metropolis made up of 16 cities and one municipality. It is the political, economic, social, cultural, and recreational hub of the Philippines. Playing host to the world is nothing new to Manila. From 1565, Manila was instrumental in the galleon trade between the Philippines and Spain, facilitating trade relations between the Americas, Europe, Arabia, China and India. Today, Manila is a premier business event destination in Asia, thanks to its world-class facilities, a globally oriented business population, and the friendliest, dedicated teams of support professionals. Home to nearly 12 million people, Manila has history, style and charm. It boasts a wide range of sightseeing possibilities for groups and offers cosmopolitan cuisine and superb entertainment. In this city that never sleeps, there’s a good night out for everyone. Travelling to Manila The Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila is the premier gateway. It is served by more than 30 airlines which fly to and from different cities around the world. 19 - MICE Media Marketing - destination:MICE In:Focus Conference Centres in Manila Center Location size sqm Size sq ft meeting Theatre Classroom Banquet Cocktail rooms Philippine International Convention Center Pasay City 20,600 221,737 SMX Convention Center Pasay City 17,292 World Trade Center Metro Manila Manila Bay Area 13,810 4,500 2,046 4,536 5,000 186,130 17 10,300 7,000 7,000 9,000 148,650 5 15,000 6,000 6,000 17,000 Capacities are maximum capacities in one single hall/space. Combined capacities may exceed the indicated ones. Philippine International Convention Center (PICC), Pasay City The PICC is located in the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex in Pasay. Opened in 1976, the PICC was Asia’s first international convention centre. Consisting of five modules, it is dedicated to bring people and nations together, providing a place to meet, discuss and exchange opinion peacefully. The centre offers modern conferencing equipment and facilities to its organizers and visiting delegates. The Plenary Hall, one of the most awesome modules of the centre is connected via a bridge through the tropical gardens and may easily accommodate 4,000 persons in theatre style. The Reception Hall, dominated by its humongous chandeliers 20 - MICE Media Marketing - destination:MICE and the red carpet is equipped with a permanent stage and dressing rooms and may host up to 2,500 guests for a seated dinner or up to 5,000 persons for a cocktail reception. The PICC Forum, a 4,000 sqm / 43,056 sq ft multipurpose hall is available to be customized to the organizers requirements: to host more than 200 standard exhibition booths or accommodate up to 3,000 delegates in theatre style. The PICC Forum also offers a VIP lounge and a secretariat room. The three story Secretariat Building houses meeting rooms; a banquet hall; a media centre; exhibition areas; a fine dining restaurant and a cafeteria. It complements the five story Delegation Building which offers twelve meeting rooms, two banquet halls, two corporate boardrooms office spaces, executive offices lounges and additional facilities. www.picc.gov.ph In:Focus SMX Convention Center, Pasay City run all events smoothly. The SMX Convention Center is also located in Pasay City and consists of four purpose-built halls suitable for a wide range of events including heavy machinery and equipment exhibitions and concerts. The halls’ construction allow easy adaptation to the organizers requirements. The centres’ fully equipped total floor space of 9,130 sqm / 98,275 sq ft with 9m / 29,5 ft clearance may be used entirely or partially. Beside the centers 11.300 sqm / 121,632 sq ft exhibition space, a multi-use pre-function Lobby of 1,200 sqm / 12,917 sq ft is available for various settings, for example exhibition registration counters, banquets or receptions. The vast indoor space is completed by 8,200 sqm / 88,264 sq ft of outdoor space available for all kinds of event setups. www.wtcmanila.com.ph The available meeting rooms – a total of 1,062 sqm /11,431 sq ft - accommodate all types of small-scale functions for up to 300 delegates and may be set-up to the specific needs. The Theater Room with elevated seating completes the offerings. The Ground Floor Pre-Function Lobby of 900 sqm / 9688 sq ft hosts the main information counter and is – as the rest of the centre Wi-Fi equipped. VIP and Press lounges complete the ground floors premises. The Second Floor Pre-Function Lobby (300 sqm 7 3,229 sq ft) is available as a venue for special events for corporate and social functions and hosts a concierge counter with three plasma screens for announcements gives access to 7.100 sqm / 76,424 sqft of function space. www.smxconventioncenter.com World Trade Center Metro Manila Located in minor distance from the Fort Bonifacio and Makati business districts at the Manila Bay area and easy accessible from international and domestic airport, Manila’s central seaport, shopping malls and first-class hotels World Trade Center Metro Manila welcomes event delegates. The facility is easy customizable and suitable of all types of events including being the countries only venue with the option to enter large aircrafts or machineries into the halls with their capacity for 640 standard size booths, customized booths with up to 3 stories or more than 500 vehicles for car or automotive shows. The halls may be divided into 3 fully soundproofed halls, allowing simultaneous functions or multiple conference paths for an event. Congresses, conferences and events for up to 15,000 delegates with stage and large size screens may be hosted in the halls while smaller meetings of up to 500 persons may be hosted in the fully equipped function rooms offering most modern conference technology on the mezzanine level. World Trade Center Metro Manila suits for any other type of event – be it private or business, leisure or MICE related. The highly flexible structure and customizing capacities are supported by the technical infrastructure and qualified staff to 21 - MICE Media Marketing - destination:MICE Accommodation with MICE facilities It is our pleasure to introduce some hotels with excellent MICE facilities to you. Makati Shangri-La, Manila The renowned five-star luxury hotel Meeting Rooms 8 is conveniently located in the heart Banquet 960 of Manila’s most prestigious 1,320 business, commercial and shopping Cocktail Theater style 1,540 district and a perfect property for Classroom style 990 MICE events with access to the city’s top malls and entertainment venues within easy walking distance. The Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal One is approximately 40 minutes away (13km from the hotel), while Terminals Two and Three are approximately 20 minutes away (8km and 7km from the hotel, respectively). Makati Shangri-La has the largest ballroom in the area, as well as a second ballroom suited for more intimate gatherings. All conference and function rooms feature state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment including complimentary wired or wireless broadband Internet access and projector screens. Upon request, simultaneous translation system and teleconferencing In:Focus facilities are available. Please note, we have indicated the hotel with only 8 meeting rooms; however please note that 4 of them are highly flexible and dividable rooms. If rooms are divided, the hotel provides up to18 meeting rooms and an additional separate dining venue. Hotel fact sheet at www.shangri-la.com/uploadedFiles/Shangrila_Hotels/Shangri-la_Hotels,_Makati/SLM-HotelFactSheet-EN.pdf www.shangri-la.com/manila/makatishangrila or [email protected] - +632 813 8888 Edsa Shangri-La, Manila The areas only deluxe convention Meeting Rooms 15 hotel with three ballrooms: two Banquet 720 ballrooms in the Tower Wing and one Cocktail 800 ballroom in the Garden Wing and Theater style 910 over 3,000 sqm / 32,292 sq ft of Classroom style 513 meeting space is embedded in lush tropical gardens creating a green oasis with constructive spirit for your events. All conference and function rooms feature state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment including complimentary WiFi in function rooms ( also in the guestrooms); wired, lapel and wireless microphones; portable and motorized screens; satellite and teleconferencing facilities, slide, overhead, high resolution LCD and direct projectors; Television sets (20” 21” 29” 34”), VHS multi-system and DVD players and upgraded audio mixer, turbo speakers and FCS equalizers. On request, simultaneous translation systems are available. The Ballrooms in the Tower Wing are dividable, so the Edsa Shantri-La, Manila may offer a total of 19 meeting rooms. www.shangri-la.com/manila/edsashangrila or [email protected] or +632 633 8888 New World Makati Hotel Situated in the heart of Makati – the Meeting Rooms 13 capitals financial and commercial Banquet 500 hub the world-class deluxe hotel is Cocktail 800 just a 30-minute drive from Ninoy 420 Aquino International Airport with the Classroom style fashionable Greenbelt Lifestyle Complex and Glorietta shopping complexes are just steps away. The property offers 2,000 sqm / 21,528 sq ft of flexible function space for conferences and meetings. It’s grand style equipment and state-of-the-art meeting space with modern audio-visual aids, presentation facilities and Internet access include the 675 sqm / 7,266 sq ft pillar-free ballroom, dividable 22 - MICE Media Marketing - MICE:destination into 3 separate sections, a 103 sqm / 1,109 sqft Gallery and an elegant Glasshouse for meetings and events plus its Business Center and places the New World Makati Hotel among Manila’s preferred venues for various kinds of events. http://manila.newworldhotels.com/en or [email protected] The Peninsula Manila The Peninsula Manila ranks among the most luxurious hotels in Manila and is also located in the heart of Makati City. It’s majestic fountain and falls are considered one of the city’s landmarks. Meeting Rooms Banquet Cocktail Theater style Classroom style 18 170 300 200 170 The property offers 16 board- and meeting rooms as well as 2 ballrooms with personalized service, equipped with the latest in audio visual technology to impress and enhance any event. Among its facilities are permanent and dedicated venues such as the Rizal Boardroom equipped with a high-tech computer and communication link conference table with built-in data ports for 24 computers and a television monitor. There’s also The Club Boardroom with the same equipment as Rizal but for a smaller group of 12. http://manila.peninsula.com/en or [email protected] Sofitel Philippine Plaza Located 30 minutes from Makati Meeting Rooms 14 City, Manilas central business Banquet 1,700 district, close to the Philippine Cocktail 2,000 International Convention Center Theater style 2,000 (PICC), the ancient Spanish walled Classroom style 1,600 city Intramuros, the Manila Cathedral, the renowned Mall of Asia and only 15 minutes from the international and domestic airports, the hotel offers spectacular views of the Manila Bay and lush landscapes and greenery. Minimalist interiors, breathtaking views and traditional touches of local décor make the muted elegance and luxurious detail of the hotel by the bay remarkable. Specialized staff is available to arrange everything required for events and fully equipped meeting rooms include exquisite interiors, state-of-the-art lighting and audio-visual capability and are completed with interactive, modular show kitchens stations, unrivaled flexibility in staging design and elegant set menus and buffet setups. www.sofitelmanila.com/en or [email protected] In:Focus Pre- or Post-Activities in Manila »» Visit Fort Santiago, San Agustin Church and Casa Manila in the ancient walled city of Intramuros »» Stroll along Roxas Boulevard and catch the famous Manila Bay sunset »» Visit the National Museum to see Juan Luna’s monumental painting Spoliarium, a national treasure »» Get a taste of local bohemian culture at Remedios Circle in Malate »» Catch a ride in a jeepney to experience flamboyant folk art on wheels. »» Bar hopping in Malate, Ayala Center, Rockwell or Fort Bonifacio »» Take a calesa (horse-drawn carriage) tour of Binondo, Manila’s Chinatown »» Pick up handicraft bargains in the market under the Quiapo Bridge »» Visit Marikina, the country’s shoe capital, which boasts more than 600 registered shoemakers »» Take a day trip to scenic Tagaytay or Pagsanjan Falls, or to historic Corregidor Island or Villa Escudero CEBU With its pristine beaches, crystalline waters and affordable luxury resorts, the island province of Cebu is the traveler’s fantasy of a tropical paradise come true. A unique blend of natural beauty, historic sites and urban living, Cebu City is never short on appeal. It is the country’s oldest city and the seat of Christianity in the Philippines, and it was here that Ferdinand Magellan first set foot in the Philippines in 1521. Today, it is known as the ‘Queen City of the South’, and is second only to Manila when it comes 23 - MICE Media Marketing - MICE:destination to urban buzz. In contrast to its bustling metropolis and glittering nightlife, the rest of Cebu’s 167 islets and islands are lined with serene white sand beaches where one can stare blithely out to sea for hours. Cebu is famous worldwide for its diving grounds, rich in spectacular coral beds and sea life. How to get here Cebu’s international airport services daily flights from Asia’s key cities. It is an hour’s flight from Manila and easily accessible from domestic destinations by land, air and sea. Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) The Cebu International Convention Center, CICC has suffered substantial, irreparable damages during the earthquake that hit Cebu and Bohol on October 15, 2013. The Center is therefore non-operational. Accommodation with MICE facilities Shangri-La Mactan Cebu Tucked in lush tropical landscape with a crystalline coastline, Shangri La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, Cebu is the premier, award winning deluxe Meeting Rooms Banquet Cocktail Theater style Classroom style 8 600 1,000 900 400 In:Focus resort property in the Philippines. Since its opening, it has won acclaim from both domestic and international travellers for its spacious and well appointed guest rooms and suites, the variety of dining, entertainment, sports and recreational activities offered in its paradise like setting and as home to CHI, The Spa at Shangri La, one of the largest spa villages in Asia. A quintessential modern day paradise, the resort is an exciting refuge for nature lovers and a favourite among holidaymakers, as it combines rustic surroundings, modern conveniences and genuine Asian hospitality that are distinctly Shangri La. Business definitely meets pleasure at the Shangri La’s Mactan Resort & Spa, with the perfect blend of state of the art business facilities and an environment that encourages rest and relaxation. Spacious guest rooms feature air Meeting Rooms conditioning, luxurious bedding, safe, Banquet mini-bar, modern bathroom and free Cocktail WIFI. Theater style The newly reinvented Grand Classroom style Ballroom, four meeting rooms and two boardrooms are perfect for social events and corporate functions accommodating up to 400 guests. 7 300 300 450 220 www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/cebph-cebu-city-marriott-hotel Pre- or Post-Activities in Cebu • See Magellan’s Cross, planted in 1521 by the famous explorer • Explore Fort San Pedro, the nucleus of Spanish settlement in the Philippines Visit Casa Gorordo Museum and find out how the genteel Filipinos lived Light joss sticks and have your fortune told at the Taoist Temple Spot amazing bird life at the Olango Wildlife Sanctuary Scuba dive in the coral islands of Mactan, Moalboal, Pescador and Badian, or swim with the whale sharks in Oslob Pack a picnic and trek to the Kawasan Falls in Badian Shop for exotic finds in the markets of Carbon and Taboan Browse the shops in Mandaue for fantastic furniture designs – one of Cebu’s specialties Pick up a guitar, ukulele or mandolin made by craftsmen in Mactan Enjoy a drink – and the view – at Blu Bar & Grill, named one of Asia’s best bars by Travel + Leisure Asia Two grand ballrooms, a fully air-conditioned tent and a choice of smaller function rooms are ideal for seminars and conferences. Whether you are hosting a business conference, conventions, exhibitions, seminar or a banquet, the resort offers the most idyllic and relaxed beachfront setting. All of the conference and function rooms feature modern audiovisual equipment, including complimentary broadband Internet access, Wi-Fi, slide, overhead, LCD and direct projectors www.shangri-la.com/cebu/mactanresort or [email protected] Waterfront Cebu City Hotel & Casino Situated in the heart of the city’s commercial and business district, only 30 minutes from the Mactan International Airport the hotel belongs to the elected 2015 nominees of the World Luxury Hotel Awards. Meeting Rooms Banquet Cocktail Theater style Classroom style 12 1,800 2,800 3,200 1,000 The properties 10 dining and wining outlets complete the hotels Convention Center with its flexible floor plan. 10 function rooms and 2 grand ballrooms offer a total seating capacity of up to 4,000 persons. www.waterfronthotels.com.ph/waterfront/waterfront-cebu-cityhotel-and-casino - [email protected] Cebu City Marriott Hotel Located in an upscale financial district with shopping, recreation and leisure activities at its doorstep, the hotel sits right next door to the Ayala Mall, a sprawling shopping and commercial complex, and just 10 minutes from downtown. 24 - MICE Media Marketing - MICE:destination • • • • • • • • • In:Focus Marco Polo Davao DAVAO Davao’s expansive landscape is one of the most picturesque in the Philippines. Exotic fruit plantations and orchid farms cover volcano-fed hills and valleys. Virgin forests nurture rare wildlife. Coral islands lie on mirror-flat water, and Mt. Apo, the country’s highest peak, magnificently lords over the hinterland. Just as enchanting is its community, a harmonious tapestry woven from the diverse cultural threads of its people. In Davao, the contemporary fuses with the traditional as migrant settlers from all over the country co-exist peacefully with numerous ethnic tribes who continue to live as they did centuries ago. How to get here Selected international airlines fly to Davao. Domestic carriers run regular daily flights from Manila to Davao (one hour and 35 minutes). Conference Centers in Davao Center Location size sqm Size sq ft meeting rooms Theatre Classroom Banquet Cocktail SMX Convention Center Davao Lanang, Davao 4,746 51,086 8 5,320 2,500 3,000 3,900 SMX Convention Center Davao The Centre’s 3 function rooms are fully carpeted and may be used individually or combined to seat between 700 and 5320 delegates for social or corporate events. The dedicated kitchen and storage area for F&B ensure smooth service and the PreFunction Lobby of 1,292 sqm / 13,907 sq ft hosts the facilities concierge area and may be used for event registration. Located only 20 minutes from the airport and in the heart of Davao’s shopping and business district, with 245 elegant guest rooms and suites, Marco Polo Davao offers all amenities you expect of a 5-Star hotel. Meeting Rooms Banquet Cocktail Theater style Classroom style Business travellers will find a well-equipped business centre in the hotel to help them stay connected and the hotel also serves as an ideal venue for meetings and functions. It has six function rooms and two ballrooms, which provide the ideal balance of versatility, technology and design. Our event planners are always at your service to help you organise events. www.marcopolohotels.com/en/marco_polo/hotels/philippines/davao/ marco_polo_davao or [email protected] Pre- or Post-Activities in Davao »» Discover exotic native tribes – the Manobos, B’laan and Bagobos »» See the skilled mat weavers of Sinawilan at work »» Marvel at the intricate creations of the T’boli handloomers »» At Hondo or Taluksangay, head out to sea in a colorful vinta – a traditional Filipino sail boat »» Catch the week-long Kadayawan sa Dabaw festival in August, celebrating the fruit and flower harvest »» Climb Mount Apo, the country’s tallest mountain »» Visit a banana or pineapple plantation or an orchid farm »» Sample the local delicacy – grilled tuna in native sauce »» Shop for brassware, ethnic trinkets and shellcraft »» Visit the Philippine Eagle Center – home of eagle conservation »» Play golf in an exotic new setting such as a lush fruit estate or coconut plantation The Centre’s Meeting Rooms are available for smaller scale corporate and social function and may also be used individually or combined to accommodate up to 230 delegates. The meeting rooms may also be used as break-out rooms combined with one or more of the function rooms. www.smxdavao.com - [email protected] Boracay 25 - MICE Media Marketing - MICE:destination 8 500 300 600 200 BORACAY The tiny island of Boracay is one of those places where you can stay happily marooned for a very long time. Known as one of the best beach destinations in the world, Boracay is the quintessential island paradise – dazzling beaches lined with palm trees, splendid sunshine, warm crystalline waters and no shortage of activities on offer. The ambience is undeniably laid-back and the island dress code is barefoot and informal. During the day, seaside massages under the shade of a coconut tree are a common sight. Luxurious spa treatments are also available in the high end resorts. From dusk to dawn, island life turns into one big party with everyone welcome to join in the fun. But there is plenty to do other than soaking up the sun on the beach or attending sunset parties. Diversions include windsurfing, sail boating and kayaking. There are 20 dive sites at last count. Horseback riding, trekking and mountain biking are great ways to enjoy scenic rocky cliffs, discover hidden beaches and stumble upon quaint villages. How to get here Kalibo or Caticlan is less than an hour’s flight from Manila. From Kalibo, Boracay is 90 minutes away by bus and a short boat trip; from Caticlan it is 20 minutes by boat. Accommodation with MICE facilities Crown Regency Resort & Convention Center Meeting Rooms Theater style 1,600 Well located at the heart of one of the most beautiful island-destination, the Crown Regency Resort & Convention Center turns the beach hub into the best possible place for conference delegates to enjoy. With a convention center that can house up to 1,600 persons, he resort has become a prime venue for conferences and 26 - MICE Media Marketing - MICE:destination large-scale gatherings. Boracay Crown Regency’s desired location in Station 2, within a 5-minute walking distance from White Beach. The Convention facilities may be split into 2 sections to accommodate 1,200 to 1,600 guests. The properties Ballroom can be divided into 3 sections that can hold up to 400 guests. www.boracay-crownregencyresort.com or [email protected] Pre- or Post-Activities in Boracay »» Find out why the four kilometer White Beach is one of the most photographed beaches in the world »» Start the day with a famous fruit shake at Jonah’s »» Take a sunset cruise in a paraw, Boracay’s signature sailboat »» Enjoy a hilot, the traditional Filipino massage, under the shade of a coconut tree on the beach »» Rent an outrigger or yacht and indulge in a little island hopping »» Take diving, sailing or windsurfing lessons »» Ask for ‘Mambo Number 5’ – a little bit of boating, diving, trekking, biking and golf »» Trek or mountain bike to the quaint interior villages »» Sample local favorites such as baby back ribs, chori burger, charbroiled chicken and halo-halo sandwich -- best enjoyed on the sand at sunset »» Witness the annual Paraw Regatta, an international sailboat race featuring native outriggers »» Take a golf break at the Fairways & Blue Water Country Club »» Catch the Mardi Gras-style Ati-Atihan Festival in Kalibo in January In:Focus Destinations to combine in your Conference program PALAWAN Voted as the world’s #1 island by Travel + Leisure Magazine, Palawan is a narrow archipelago of more than 1,780 islands and islets, Palawan is the undisputed final frontier of the Philippines. There’s plenty to do in this extraordinary group of islands, but the main activity is simply admiring nature’s handiwork. Palawan’s bewitching landscapes include storied lagoons and bays hiding ancient shipwrecks, uncharted mountains, mangrove swamps, hidden pockets of lush forest and deserted islets ringed by kaleidoscopic sea gardens as well as white sand beaches. Palawan is a wildlife haven, where giraffes, zebras and gazelles co-exist with exotic fauna such as the mouse deer, civet and scaly anteater. tropical marine life. With more than a hundred caves in its mountainous interior, Bohol is ideal for spelunkers and trekkers. For higher pursuits, there’s ziplining and an open-air cable ride at the Loboc Ecotourism Adventure Park. Bohol is also a historical and cultural destination. Its 16th century watchtowers and ancient coral-stone churches with gilded altars and priceless icons are amazing attractions. One hidden gem is the centuries-old Spanish for at Pamilacan Island, an eco-tourism destination that’s gaining a reputation for its dolphin and whale-watching tours and superb diving sites. How to get here Flights to and from Tagbilaran to Manila take around one hour and 15 minutes. Domestic and budget carriers have daily flights. Fast ferries operate between Bohol and Cebu regularly. Pre- or Post-Activities in Bohol »» Marvel at the unique panorama of over 1,200 ‘Chocolate Hills’, lush green in wet season, chocolate brown in dry How to get here Puerto Princesa airport is served by all domestic airlines, and is just a few minutes from the city. There are daily flights from Manila. Pre- or Post-Activities in Palawan »» See the astonishing seascapes of El Nido, one of the country’s premier tourist destinations. Take a dawn kayak ride around the limestone formations at sea, swim with the giant jackfish or get dropped off on a private island for a seafood picnic on the sand »» Watch the birds’ nest gatherers at work, scaling cliffs for prized finds »» Take an unforgettable subterranean river tour at the Puerto Princesa Underground River, a UNESCO World Heritage site and named as one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature »» Swim, snorkel or dive in one of the islets of Honda Bay »» Fall under the spell of the seven enchanting lakes of Coron Reefs BOHOL Bohol is one of the most beautiful island provinces in the Philippines, yet it is relatively undiscovered by the tourist crowd. Nature has blessed the island with a lush landscape of verdant hills, waterfalls, serene rivers, mangrove forests, undisturbed wildlife, luminous white sand beaches and picturesque islets. This enigmatic island is one of Asia’s finest diving destinations, boasting an undersea panorama of coral gardens vivid with 27 - MICE Media Marketing - MICE:destination »» Enjoy a fascinating boat ride in the serene waters of Loboc River »» Visit the Philippine Tarsier and Wildlife Sanctuary and get up close to the rare and tiny tarsier—the smallest primate in the world »» Bask in the sun on the white sand beaches of Bungan, Mantatao or Panglao »» Book a whale watching expedition from beautiful Balicasag Island »» Swim with a passing school of dolphins in Cabilao »» Catch a performance of the world famous Loboc Children’s Choir »» Check out the bamboo bridge in Candijay Mangrove Forest In:Focus World Heritage-Listed Banaue Rice Terraces BAGUIO & BANAWE For centuries, the northern mountain provinces of the Philippines have lured those escaping the heat of the lowlands— the cool climes, pine-clad hills and verdant valleys of Baguio and Banaue present a magical change of scenery. Baguio City, the summer capital of the Philippines, is nestled on a plateau 1,400 meters above sea level. It is the gateway to all the prime attractions in the cordillera mountains: the fruit and flower farms of La Trinidad, the Asin Hot Springs, the Mummies of Kabayan and the Malabisin underground river to name a few. »» Gaze at the spectacular World Heritage-Listed Banaue Rice Terraces, layered rice paddies that form a giant stairway to the sky. »» Discover the picturesque town of Sagada, popular with Manila’s bohemian crowd. »» Be mystified by the centuries-old mummies of Bontoc, some still in their ancient log caskets. »» In Batad, watch the jaw-dropping sunrise over the rice terraces, then enjoy a picnic lunch and bracing dip at the Tappiya Falls. Further north is Banaue, tucked in rugged terrain brimming with spectacular scenery—breathtaking mountain ranges, ancient pine forests, tumbling waterfalls and ferny glades. Carved out of the mountainsides by the Ifugao tribe folk more than 2,000 years ago is the World Heritage-listed Banaue Rice Terraces. Banaue is a popular base for adventurous forays into Ifugao country, idyllic Sagada and mountaineous Bontoc. How to get here Baguio is a 4-5 hour drive from Manila by car and 6 hours by bus. Banaue can be reached by air with a 45-minute chartered flight from Manila. Tourist coaches go to Banaue directly from Manila and Baguio City. Pre- or Post-Activities in Baguio & Banaue »» Tee off at Camp John Hay Golf Club in Baguio City, designed by Jack Nicklaus. »» Visit the Easter Weaving School and watch tribal women transform rainbow-colored threads into exquisite cloths. »» Jostle with the locals at the lively Baguio market, where the best indigenous crafts and souvenirs can be found. 28 - MICE Media Marketing - MICE:destination Penabenga Festival, Baguio VIGAN & LAOAG The historic town of Vigan, 408 kilometres northwest of Manila, has a 16th century townscape so well preserved and unique that it has been listed as a World Heritage site. In:Focus Aplace where time stands still, Vigan is famous for its historic houses, cobbled streets, horse-drawn carriages, and its unique architecture and culture and fuses Philippine, Chinese and European Influences. Also in Northern Luzon, 488 kilometres from Manila, is the bustling city of Laoag. Strewn with ancient landmarks, its old-world charm is renowned. Laoag is also the gateway to the region’s famous sand dunes and beaches. How to get here It’s a 45-minute flight from Manila to Laoag International Airport. Vigan is a 1 1/2 hour drive from Laoag. Pre- or Post-Activities in Vigan & Laoag »» Visit Vigan’s Calle Crisologo and its well-preserved ancestral homes. »» Watch local artisans keep the ancient craft of abel weaving, damili (terracotta), and burnay (earthenware) alive. »» Sample mouth-watering rice cakes and other delicacies of San Jose in Vigan. »» Marvel at Kapurpurawan rock formation and the Bojeador lighthouse, both in Burgos. »» Go off-roading on the sand dunes of La Paz. »» Learn about Saint William the Hermit while exploring the cathedral built in his honor in 1612. »» Check out the Bangui Windmills, said to be the biggest in Southeast Asia. »» In Laoag, make sure you sample Longganisa (local sausage), empanada (savory pies) and pinakbet (mixed vegetables in anchovy sauce). »» Tee off at the Fort Ilocandia Country Club. »» Visit the Museo Ilocos Norte, a unique heritage museum housed in a restored tobacco factory. The Philippines – Airport & Entry Information Airports The Philippines has twelve international airports, one in each of the key cities of Manila, Angeles, Davao, Cebu, Aklan, Iloilo, Ilocos Norte, South Cotabato, Negros Occidental, Palawan, Zambales and Zamboanga Del Sur. Airport Fees International airport terminal fee is Php 550.00 or its dollar equivalent. For local departure, domestic terminals around the country charge their own fee, preparing Php100-200 should cover it. Children under two (2) years of age, transit passengers are 29 - MICE Media Marketing - MICE:destination exempt from airport fees. Please note that fees may change without prior notice. Entry Regulations Starting August 1, 2013, nationals from 151 countries may enter the Philippines without a visa and stay for a maximum of thirty (30) days, provided they are holders of a passport valid at least six (6) months beyond the period of stay in the Philippines, and present a return or outward bound ticket to their country of origin or to a next country of destination. For the list of 151 countries, please click here (link to http:// itsmorefuninthephilippines.com/download/151_countries_ covered_in_30_days_visa_free_entry.pdf). Chinese Nationals, including citizens for Hong Kong and Taiwan, will need a special permit. TOURISM PROMOTIONS BOARD Find additional information on www.dotpcvc.gov.ph or contact the very competent MICE Department at +63 2 5251153 or email [email protected] In:Show ITE & MICE Hong Kong 2015 Travel Fair facilitates exhibitors Meeting MICE/Trade Buyers & Affluent FIT IITE & MICE, Hong Kong’s only international travel fair, is attended in the two trade days by 2,588 visitors from MICE & Corporate Travel and 6,522 from travel agents. In all, it draws some 12,000 buyers and trade visitors, with 74% from Hong Kong and 19% from China mainly its southern provinces like Guangdong! Its next edition, ITE & MICE 2015, co-locates the 29th ITE (leisure) and the 10th ITE MICE for synergy, as MICE trips often include leisure components and a significant number of travel agents engage in both types of travel. In trade days of ITE & MICE are Business Matching and around 20 seminars, some of which by exhibitors while others by the organizer in co-operation with trade associations such as the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) on Corporate Travel, and the Wedding Management Association on Overseas Wedding. Also, the organizer helps promoting exhibitor seminars by sending invitations for online pre-registration. Honeymoon & Overseas Wedding (HOW) is one of the trendy travel themes highlight, and survey held at ITE & MICE 2014 found their popularity with both trade and public visitors. (Table 1) Online survey held last year by the organizer found 83% of Themes popularity among Trade & Public Visitors the MICE and corporate travel trade visitors seek destination THEMES HOW Wellness Sport Cruise Travel information in ITE & MICE. Also, these buyers / visitors seek info & Medical Photography and suppliers of hotel and accommodations (52%), travel agents Trade Visitors 24% 14% 22% 29% 21% / DMC (44%), and Tourism Boards / Convention & Meeting Public Visitors 14% 12% 30% 34% 54% Bureau (38%). And they travel frequently for business, with 31% made two to four business trips and another 17% five times or Organized by TKS Exhibition Services Ltd, ITE & MICE 2015 more in past year. is supported by China National Tourism Administration, Hong The combined ITE & MICE features nearly 700 international Kong Tourism Board, Travel Industry Council of Hong Kong, exhibitors (85% from abroad) from around 50 countries and Macau Government Tourist Office etc. In addition, ITE MICE regions all over the world, and therefore offers more destinations, 2015 is supported by MICE industry associations in the region, products and suppliers thus more attractive to visitors! and several chambers of commerce / professional bodies help distributing invitations to members etc. The annual ITE & MICE will next be held from June 11 to 14, 2015 at Halls 1A to 1E of the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. Its first two days open only to trade, and the second trade day designated MICE / Corporate Travel Day. For more details of the Expo or trade visitor registration, please visit trade website of www.itehk.com. For exhibiting or general enquiry, please email to [email protected] or contact the Organizer, TKS by phone: +852 31550600. In:Show MITM Euromed Calpe, Spain - 6-8 May 2015 Trends, Developments and a Glance on the 19th edition of the Show An Interview with Charo Trabado, General Manager of G.S.A.R Marketing GSAR Marketing, part of the Convenco Group founded in 1973 with Convenco-Incentive Solutions, founded in 1981, is now in full organization of its 19th edition of MITM euromed, taking place from May 6-8 in Calpe, Spain. MITM Euromed is one of the oldest established closed door formats exclusively for the MICE market – a concept recently picked up by Reed exhibitions for some of its regional IBTM events. We talked to Charo Trabado, General Manager of G.S.A.R Marketing about past developments and – most important - the future trends about MITM Euromed. MICE:destination: Charo, MITM Euromed and MITM Americas are known as pioneers of B2B fairs in the MICE industry in their respective regions. From your perspective - what are the most important changes during the last years – and – most important – what are the challenges for the future? Charo Trabado, General Manager G.S.A.R Marketing: The first criteria of buyers that we realize, in the process of appointment selection that we execute in every fair we organize, is that they request principally CVBs/Destinations, followed up by hotels and thirdly DMCs. From my experience, I can clarify that the minor presence of DMCs is based, with the exception of the large DMCs that host large numbers of destinations and that have their own stands in large fairs, on the fact that smaller DMCs usually are placed inside a destination (either by an invitation, the extension of a small sum of money or as visitors). In MITM this procedure is not available, therefore their minor presence. Charo Trabado, General Manager G.S.A.R Marketing: When we first began with the introduction of this new concept, nobody fully trusted the initiative. Time has proven us right and now more and more we are seeing fairs utilizing this model. As for MITM Euromed and MITM Americas, there hasn’t been any kind of changes in their basic structure. We maintain our unique format of small fairs, quality oriented, where the difference in marketing and promotion opportunities between large companies and established destinations and the smaller and less well-known destinations is non-existent. And, where the exhibitors have the guarantee of direct contact with all the buyers, carefully selected based on their high business-making potential, and realize the value of their investment by avoiding ¨ the aisle sellers¨. Our objective for the future is the maintenance of the quality of our fairs based on excellent and clean organisation and a magnificent international promotion of the destination venue. MICE:destination: During the last MITM Euromed, many buyers told me about their need to meet more DMCs located in the destinations to support their events. How do DMCs react to this? Can buyers expect a stronger presence of DMCs at the upcoming MITM Euromed in Calpe? And may we already get some hints about attending exhibitors? 31 - MICE Media Marketing - MICE:destination MITM Euromed 2014, Cadiz Conference Centre Image Copyright: Martina Warter 2014 In:Show MICE:destination: Last year, MITM Euromed buyers were hosted in the beautiful Hotel Monasterio San Miguel in Puerto de Santa Maria and the fair took place in the Cadiz Conference Centre. This year the award winning AR Diamante Beach Hotel, Spa & Convention Centre **** will be both hosting hotel and venue. For the attending buyers, this is a most convenient situation as no transfers are needed. What can you tell our readers – beside this? Charo Trabado, General Manager G.S.A.R Marketing: Correct! In this process of decision-making for MITM destination hosts, this allows them to display the sites that they consider most important, not only in the choosing of the official hotel or the exhibition hall, but also for the venue for the social functions of networking. ideas for their clients. For MITM Euromed 2015, we selected the Hotel AR Diamante Beach, with its magnificent installations as the Exhibition Center, spa and hotel, which clearly facilitates the transfers’ management. Nevertheless the rest of the programme is focused on dazzling and distinctive sites situated in the city of Calpe. MICE:destination: MITM Euromed is not only known to be a pioneer in the B2B trade fair, but also for the beautiful networking events. Can we lure you in giving us a preview on these events? Charo Trabado, General Manager G.S.A.R Marketing: The purpose of an excellent networking programme is the facilitation for the potential client to discover and take notes of the unique features and wonders that the destination has to offer to their own clients. That is, and will always be, the best way to market any destination! The welcome reception will be hosted the Hotel Solymar (www. granhotelsolymar.com/index-eng.php) in their exclusive “Le Champ”, that will enchant us with a typical show of Moors and Christians. The Closing ceremony will be in the beach of the Hotel SH Ifach (www.sh-hoteles.com/en/ifach-hotel.html) with a themed dinner. Charo – as always, it’s a pleasure to talk to you – and I’m looking forward to meeting you in Calpe. Thank you for your time. My pleasure, Calpe is waiting for you! Thank you very much Martina. MITM Euromed 2014, Closing Event, Image Copyright: Martina Warter 2014 Last year we had an outstanding fair divided in two cities located in the province of Cádiz: the Port of Santa Maria as hotel venue in the Monastery of San Miguel, and the city of Cádiz as the fair venue in the monumental avant-garde Congress Palace. The participants had the opportunity to experience 32 - MICE Media Marketing - MICE:destination In:Country South Africa The Rainbow Nation is one of the most multicultural countries and home to a multitude of ethnic groups hailing from all over the world. Some of them are Europeans arriving during or after colonialism, but Indians, Chinese, Malays and many others are among immigrated groups. And while everybody had the chance to see the countries variety and hospitality during Soccer World Championship in 2010, but how much do you know about the country and its etiquette? What to do or to avoid to make your business event successful? We’re shedding light on this magnificent destination. Official languages in South Africa are manifold – the country has 11 official languages. English however is the Language of administration and spoken throughout the country. The other official languages in alphabetical order are Afrikaans, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Southern Sotho, Swazi, Tsongo, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa and Zulu. South African Society & Culture Looking at the diversity of the South African society, it is difficult to outline The Etiquette – simply because the different ethnic groups have their individual focus. We are trying to indicate some guidance, but please pay attention to customs of individual ethnic groups if you are dealing with a specific group. Their traditions may shift the focus significantly. In rural regions with traditional African society the tribes are very important and provide security on both, financial and emotional level. The extended Family is in these regions almost as important as the direct kin. In the larger cities, life is fast and – as everywhere – people tend to be proud of their hometown. In South Africa this is a very particular view in Cape Town. People are said to have a focus on family and long term friendship as well as social standing. Some say People from Capetown even think their city to be better than any other… Johannesburg people are sometimes confronted with the prejudice of being highly materialistic and to value persons for their property only – and to look at people of rural regions as less civilized. 33 - MICE Media Marketing - MICE:destination International Convention Centre,Cape Town, Western Cape Many rural communities are rooted in their heritage and traditions while urban black communities tend to combine their heritage with the urban living and influences around them. General Etiquette & Customs General Dress Code Wear your normal, urban style, neat clothes. In South Africa, people wear typical Western attire in urban regions. Sneakers or Shorts are exclusively for casual affairs, such as walks, beach or barbecue. Interior Cocktail Lounge, The One and Only Hotel, Cape Town Meet and Greet and Body Language Styles vary among the ethnic groups, but in general with foreigners a handshake with a smile and eye contact is the norm. In general, greetings include time for exchange of pleasantries and social conversation. When a man greets a South African woman, it is best to see if the woman extends her hand as handshaking with the opposite sex is not the norm in all ethnic groups. Greetings with a kiss to the cheek are common between women - it is best to follow the lead - or from men to a woman they know well. Keep your hands and arms loosely at your sides or folded on your lap when sitting. Don’t put your hands in your pockets, on your hips or cross your arms in front of you Respect distance and don’t stand too close to someone or touch someone’s arm. And – the very basic rules of western habits - do cover your mouth when yawning, don’t bite your nails, spit or chew with open mouth. Don’t sniffle audibly or pick your nose. Be aware of South Africa’s racial terminology. Preferred terms are Black for people with African ancestry and White for people with European ancestry. Never call Afrikaners “Dutchmen” they don’t consider themselves Dutch! In:Country Giving and Receiving Gifts with your table manners as they may vary from the above depending on your host’s ethnic group. of your home country or town, flowers, good quality chocolates, or a bottle of good South African wine to the hostess. For dinner invitations always be on time. Ask the hostess ahead of the time if you should bring something particular (such as a desert for example) and check the dress code with her. Unless you’re invited to a Muslim home, don’t take off your shoes. Follow the indicated dress code. If nothing is indicated, casual clothes are recommended and may include jeans or pressed shorts. Please note, that casual in Johannesburg is a little higher leveled as in other parts of South Africa – casual in Johannesburg does not include jeans or shorts unless you’re told so by the hosts. Offer a hand to the hostess with preparations or after the meal. At the Beach A gift should be limited to a value of maximum 50 USD, wrapping it nicely shows your respect. Tipping Always use both hands or your right hand to give or receive a gift, In restaurants check the bill to see if the tip has been already never use the left hand. Gifts are opened immediately when received. included. If not, tip 10-20%. Send a thank you note when receiveing a gift. It may be a handHotel porters do receive 3 South African Rands / bag written note or an email. Tour guides and Bus drivers are tipped at the end of the day. A common tip is 10 Rands per person for a day tour. Driver and If you are invited to a South African’s house If you are invited to a South African’s home, bring a nice present Guide will share the tip. Dinning and Table Manners Don’t sunbath nude except at designated nude beaches. Women wear a bikini, men a pair of swim trunks. Men might wear speedos but they might cause laughing reactions. Photo Etiquette Don’t take photos of government or military buildings or police stations. Beside this, ask for permission if you want to take a photo of people. Taking a Safari Do listen to the guide and respect their judgment and follow their recommendations – they are experts. Don’t smoke on a safari. Don’t feed the animals – it may be dangerous! Don’t imitate animal sounds, corner wild animals or throw objects on them. Reactions are unpredictable and dangerous! Don’t take anything you find on a safari. Don’t litter. It is disgusting and may be dangerous to animals. Whatever you bring, take it with you and find a waste bin. Rangers tips are 10 USD per guest and day, in private vehicles 20 USD per guest and day. Gifts are well received and in addition to the tip. All other safari staff members are tipped 5 USD per guest and day. Business Etiquette and Protocol High Tea at the Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town Don’t cut bread rolls, but break them in small pieces on the side plate. Put your napkin on your lap after being seated. When pausing during the meal put your fork and knife crossed on the plate to indicate you’re still eating. When you are finished do not leave food on your plate and place your for and knife parallel closely together. In general, keep in mind that you’re visiting the Rainbow nation which consists of a multitude of ethnic groups, so be flexible 34 - MICE Media Marketing - MICE:destination Relationships & Communication South Africans are business oriented, personal relationships are not a required part of conducting business, but networking and relationship building are important for long-term success and most business representatives are looking for long-term relationships. Business relationships are built in the office. While the countries values include egalitarianism, people in business respect senior executives and those who have attained their position through hard work and perseverance. If you represent an unknown company, a more formal introduction is helpful In:Country to reach out to decision makers. For the most part, South Africans want to maintain harmonious working relationships, so they avoid confrontations. South Africans like using metaphors and sports analogies to describe or clarify a subject. There are major differences in communication styles depending upon the individual’s cultural heritage, but most South Africans prefer face-to-face meetings to more impersonal communication mediums such as email, letter, or telephone. Business Meeting Etiquette Conference Room, Johannesburg, Gauteng Appointments are necessary and should be made as far in advance as possible. It may be difficult to arrange meetings with senior level managers on short notice, although you may be able to do so with lower-level managers. It is often difficult to schedule meetings from mid December to mid January or the two weeks surrounding Easter, as these are prime vacation times. Personal relationships are important. The initial meeting is often used to establish a personal rapport and to determine if you are trustworthy. After a meeting, send a letter summarizing what was decided and the next steps. Business Negotiations Schedule meetings about 2 weeks in advance, bring a gift to your business associates and use titles and last names when talking to them. Be rather five minutes early than late, South Africans are punctual and it is considered impolite and rude to be late. 35 - MICE Media Marketing - MICE:destination Exterior of the Johannesburg International Convention Centre It is imperative to develop mutual trust and understanding before negotiating. Don’t rush negotiations. Never use slang or bad language, don’t interrupt someone while he or she is speaking and respect that South Africans aim for consensus and win-win situations. In South Africa, women have yet to attain senior level positions. Women are likely to encounter some condescending behaviour and to be tested in ways that a male colleague would not. Start your negotiations with realistic figures as people in South Africa do not like bargaining. In contracts, include delivery dates. Deadlines are frequently regarded as fluid indications, not as firm commitments. Depending on company structures, decisions are made on top management levels and after consultations with subordinates. The process may be slower than you expect. Dress Etiquette For first meetings it is recommended to dress conservatively, even so business dress codes are tending to be more informal in many companies. The Hotel industry is not among those to be less formal on the supplier level. Dark colored, conserviative style business suites are recommended for men. At less formal meetings a sports coat without tie is possible. Women are Business people inside the Johannesburg Stock Exchange recommended to wear elegant business suits or dresses or smart casual clothes for less formal meetings. In:Venue Amsterdam RAI Enhances its Exhibitions with the InnovationLAB and profiled based on this crucial topic. The InnovationLAB is a generic concept that can be customised to suit any trade show.” SCooperation amenwerking AAmsterdam RAI has now officially confirmed its cooperation with TNO, 3TU Federatie and Accenture Innovation Awards. “The InnovationLAB will make innovations visible and tangible to a broad audience,” explains Esther van Zeggeren, Director of Marketing & Communications at TNO. “It will also serve as a bridge between people and knowledge, a vital precondition for more innovations. We call this ‘Innovation for life’.” Wednesday 11 March 2015 saw the official launch of the InnovationLAB platform by Amsterdam RAI and its external partners TNO, 3TU Federatie and Accenture Innovation Awards. The InnovationLAB is an inspiring environment designed to enable exhibitors and visitors to share their knowledge and experiences in the field of innovation. From now on, innovations will have their own clear and central place in the exhibitions organised by Amsterdam RAI. IJsbrand Haagsma, Secretary General of 3TU Generatie, comments: “ We see the cooperation with Amsterdam RAI as an excellent way to bring scientific technological developments closer to the public. The government expects us to work on valorisation as well as teaching and research; that is, we should create practical applications for the knowledge we develop. This is what we showcase in the InnovationLAB.” “Improving brand familiarity is one of the main goals of Innovation Awards participants,” adds Pieter-Paul van Oerle, initiative taker and organiser of Accenture Innovation Awards. “Our cooperation with Amsterdam RAI lets us meet this need even better in the framework of various appropriate concepts.” The next exhibition where the InnovationLAB will be deployed will be the AutoRAI in April 2015. Next, it will be the turn of Rematec, SSA and the BedrijfsAutoRAI, followed by the international exhibitions Aquatech Amsterdam and METS in November. Innovation is often given as one of the top three reasons to visit an exhibition. In response, Amsterdam RAI has created the InnovationLAB concept, creating places where ideas, innovations and news are given material form on both the exhibition floor and online. The advantages The InnovationLAB is a rich and inspiring platform that allows Amsterdam RAI to stimulate exhibitors to enhance the spotlight on their innovations. In addition, it gives knowledge centres, research institutes, innovation partners and the like a platform to market their innovations, further enriching Amsterdam RAI’s exhibitions. This, in turn, will help inspire visitors, as Ids Boersma, Director of RAI Exhibitions, explains: “The InnovationLAB is a platform where visitors can see and experience the innovations in their market, both online and in real life. In addition, the medium of exhibitions is distinguished 36 - MICE Media Marketing - MICE:destination www.rai.nl In:Centive Festivals, Parades & Events: Germany’s Living Traditions Looking for an extraordinary incentive destination? Have you thought about Germany’s Living Traditions? From Carnival through Christmas Markets to the Munich Beer Festival - the world’s largest fair - there are myriad traditional fairs to choose from. One of Germany’s best loved traditions is to celebrate its ancient customs and have a good time. Customs and traditions shape the authenticity of Germany’s rural regions and are still alive and relevant today. These “Living Traditions” are one of the three aspects of the campaign theme “Traditions and Customs” of Destination Germany which the German National Tourist Board (GNTB) will present in 2015. According to the GNTB Quality Monitor, the aspect “History and tradition” is a decision criterion for one in every five foreign travellers visiting Germany. Visitors particularly from high-volume source markets such as Spain, the USA, the Netherlands and Great Britain consider historic traditions important when choosing their travel destination. For overseas visitors, events which involve customs and traditional folk music showed the highest interest: more than 10% of visitors from China, India, Brazil and the USA visit events with traditional German celebrations and music. Around three million events per year offer a rich variety of entertainment for visitors. In 2014 alone there were 1,447 music festivals in all regions of Germany. Sports and cultural events, local festivities and exhibitions are also great opportunities to celebrate in a traditional way with visitors from around the world. A large part of these annual events take place in rural areas and offer great possibilities for visitors to experience the special features and traditions of individual regions. The top 10 source markets for travels to events in Germany in 2013 were from Europe, closely followed by the USA, ranking 11th. According to the GNTB Quality Monitor, events were one of the main reasons for around 25% of visitors in their decision on Germany as a destination. Visitors can experience Germans traditions throughout the year and in all regions: At the North Frisian Biike bonfires, winter spirits are dispelled with huge fires at the beginning of the year. Walpurgis Night, a large witch festival on Mount Brocken in the Harz mountains according to folklore, is nowadays celebrated in the cities 37 - MICE Media Marketing - MICE:destination as “Tanz in den Mai” (Dance into May). Numerous festivals, wine festivals and other festivities fill the events calendar in the summer months. Many of these are events of distinction. The world’s largest marksmen’s festival, for example, is celebrated in Hannover every year. The Munich Beer Festival may have innumerable copycats in the world, but the original “Wies’n” belongs to Bavaria and attracts more than six million visitors from around the world. The Alp to Valley Cattle Drove (Almabtrieb) in Upper Bavaria and Allgäu at the end of the summer and the atmospheric, regional Christmas markets are further popular attractions until New Year’s Eve. Then around one million visitors celebrate at the Brandenburg Gate in Cattle Drove in Königstein, Bavaria Berlin by seeing off the old year and welcoming the new one. Traditional customs are experienced differently in German regions: The traveller can experience the pagan tradition of ‘driving out the winter’ during the Swabian-Alemannic “Fasnet”, for example, in a completely different fashion than the Rhenish street carnival, which in turn is celebrated differently in Düsseldorf than in Mainz or Cologne, or at the historic parade in Wasungen, Thuringia. Many of these practised traditions are so original that the German states want them recognised as intangible cultural Cologne Carnival heritage by UNESCO. Examples include shanty music on the North Sea coast, the famous game of Skat from Altenburg and the widely spread marksmen’s festivals. Events and dates for “Traditions and Customs” can be found at www.germany.travel/tradition In:Search Increased Focus On Total Cost of Meetings and Trips Capita Travel and Events has revealed key trends in its UK meetings data with the publication of a benchmark report, Meetings at the Heart of Travel. With strategic meetings management growing in strength in the UK there is an increasing appetite for organisations to be able to compare their own meetings policy, delegate rates and other meetings trends with the wider market. Meetings at the Heart of Travel is the result of analysis of all of Capita Travel and Events’ meetings bookings from the last four years. Key findings of the report include: »» External venue bookings have increased by 61 per cent but for every one external venue booked, Capita Travel and Events has booked 10 meetings into customer office meeting rooms. This demonstrates the continued importance of better use of office space to control travel and meetings costs. »» 36 per cent of meetings are held not in venues or hotels but in purpose-built conference centres or unusual alternative venues. »» Meetings are getting bigger with more delegates per event, although the average meeting duration remains low compared with before the recession. 82 per cent of meetings currently take place within one day due to a continued bias towards non-residential meetings brought about by the economic downturn. This is a trend Capita Travel and Events expects to change in the next 18 months to two years as the market bounces back. »» Booking lead times have continued to shrink, with 42 per cent of meetings for up to 10 delegates booked a week or less in advance. »» 39 per cent of external meetings are held on a Monday or Thursday, with organisations benefitting from typically lower rates on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays, whereas internal meetings are more popular on a Friday. Sam Welch, Capita Travel Events’ director of consulting services for accommodation and meetings, will be speaking on strategic meetings management at the Institute of Travel and Meetings’ workshop on 23 March. She says: “Our findings show that within mature strategic meetings programmes, there is continued emphasis on the total 38 - MICE Media Marketing - MICE:destination cost, including items such as equipment and refreshments. But for companies that haven’t yet developed a meetings programme, savings opportunities are being missed.” “A good programme and policy encourages people to re-think how, where and when they schedule meetings, and whether they really need to travel, which reduces costs. Supported by online booking technology that reduces the resources and costs involved in booking company owned office space and external venues for small meetings, a good programme will far outweigh the investment required to get your programme up and running.” To read the full results you can download the full two-page report from the Capita Travel and Events website. Additional trends are illustrated in an accompanying infographic, also available via the website. To find out more about Institute of Travel and Meetings’ workshop on 23 March, visit the ITM website. 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