Manila, officially known as Metro Manila, is one of the top-rated Asian cities for hosting business events. This city has not only the best of tourism products and services with vast opportunities for business, but also boasts of a persistently developing domestic economy which successfully attracts a number of investors to build and support a lucrative MICE infrastructure.
Back in 1976, Manila’s 10,000-square-meter Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) was the only one of its kind on the entire continent--even inspiring neighboring countries to build their own convention centers. Another grand facility in Manila is the SMX Convention Center which also features more than 10,000 square meters of meeting space across 24 contemporary meeting rooms. The center can host all types of exhibitions, local trade events, conventions, and corporate functions for up to 10,000 guests. World Trade Center Metro Manila is also a convenient option for organizing conventions and exhibitions. The center provides more than 16,500 square meters of gross floor area, consisting of 11,300 square meters of adjacent indoor space at the ground level and 8,200 square meters of outdoor space.
With international and local MICE organizers discovering the capabilities of Manila to host large-scale events, the city has its event calendar full of global meetings and conferences. Recently, the city welcomed about 3,500 foreign delegates for the Federation of Asia Pharmaceutical Associations Congress 2018, held this month. Many other events are scheduled for 2019, which include the 7th Conference of the Union Asia Pacific Region (expecting about 1,500 attendees), and the Asia Pacific Stroke Conference Manila 2019 (with 1,300 attendees expected to attend).
While Manila is known for its noteworthy MICE facilities, the city also offers an array of tourist spots and recreational activities. The edgy art galleries, cafes with the lively indie music scene, vibrant lounge bars, artisan markets, and single-origin coffees highlight the very best of the city’s offerings for MICE travelers on a "bleisure" trip. Truly, Manila is strategically positioned on the juncture of international trade and commerce in the Asia Pacific region.