THE Philippines’ efforts to get back into the MICE loop are paying off, judging from the sharp increase in the number of exhibition and event organisers coming in.
Marisa D Nallana, chair, Philippine Association of Convention/Exhibition Organizers and Suppliers (PACEOS) said that foreign groups have started mounting events and fairs here during the past few years.
Among these are three Singapore-based Conference & Exhibition Management Services of Singapore, APAC Expo, and Terrapinn; UBM Exhibitions Philippines, which is a member of the UBM Asia Group of Companies; and AMB Exhibition of Malaysia.
Nallana said: ‚ÄúSome foreign organisers and mergers & acquisition companies are in the Philippines to set up a representative office, team up with local organisers for shows/events, buy local fairs to add to their list of exhibitions, and tie up with local organisers for international exhibitions.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúThai organisers have come to check out the major venues here. They are looking into possible collaboration for certain exhibitions.‚ÄĚ
NTOs are also making their enthusiasm known.
‚ÄúThailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau is open to collaboration with PACEOS and major industry associations. Likewise Singapore Tourism Board and Taiwan External Trade Development Council,‚ÄĚ she said, adding that these developments prove the Philippines‚Äô image is improving.