Manila launches hospitality event


SINGAPORE, 29 January 2016: Sphere Conferences hosted its inaugural Hospitality Investment Conference Philippines (HICP), 27 to 28 January in Manila.

Focusing on the Philippines’ industry overview, branding and marketing, development trends and considerations, the event attracted a packed house at the Fairmont Makati, Manila, Philippines.

Department of Tourism backed HICP 2016 with the intention of making it the archipelago’s leading platform to address opportunities and challenges facing the burgeoning hospitality industry in the Philippines.

inside no 6HICP 2016 successfully facilitated dialogue among hotel owners, operators and managers, developers, investors and architects over the two-day networking and business matching platform.

Undersecretary of the Department of Tourism Benito Bengzon shared his insights on Philippine tourism in his keynote address this morning.

He said: “The Philippines is becoming an eminent player on the global tourism stage and the inaugural Hospitality Investment Conference Philippines 2016 is a key event that showcases the Philippines as an attractive investment destination to our neighbours in the region.”

There was a strong presence representing the key hospitality brands such as Accor, Ayala Land Hotels & Resorts Corporation, BLINK, Commune Hotels + Resorts, Filinvest Hotels, IHG, Melia Hotels International, Microtel (Philippines), Moevenpick Hotels & Resorts , Pertlink Limited (HKG), Oracle Hospitality, Plateno Group, QUO, Raffles and Fairmont Makati, Resorts World Manila, SM Hotels & Conventions Corp., Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Tajara Leisure & Hospitality Group, TIEZA, Tiger Resort, Leisure & Entertainment, UBIQ Global Solutions Sdn Bhd, Vanguard Hotels, YWS Design and many more.

Sphere Conferences general manager, Patricia Cheong, said: “We deeply appreciate the support given by the Department of Tourism. The Philippines is increasingly becoming one of the most-talked about destinations in the region and this is evident from the overwhelming response we have received for this event. We are excited to be a part of its growth in the tourism arena. Apart from the Philippines, we also have our eyes on the buzzing emerging markets of Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar and the Indian Ocean.”