ICCA Congress 2020 Philippines

59th ICCA Congress

The ICCA Congress is the must attend event in the meetings industry annual calendar. This year, ICCA will held its 59th ICCA Congress in Kaohsiung, Taiwan on November 1-3 in collaboration with Maritz Global Events.


The ICCA Congress will have a hybrid format (clear example of adaptability during the times of changes). The event will be available in both options physical and virtual to engage their members and the global community. The program and speakers will be announced over the next few weeks.


The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA) is the global community and knowledge hub for the international association meetings industry founded in 1963 by a group of travel agents to exchange information on international congress and conventions. ICCA has 1167 member companies and organizations in 92 countries.


For more information: www.iccaworld.org


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DOT Guidelines for MICE Organizers

DOT Guidelines for MICE Organizers, venues and third party suppliers.

Department of Tourism (DOT) presented the health and safety guidelines for MICE organizers, venue facilities and third party suppliers.


The guidelines calls to all parties involved for the completion of health declaration forms, implementation of the policy “No Face Mask, No Entry” for all guests and participants, body temperature checks at the entrance of venue by trained personnel, keep social distance, supply with solution alcohol or alcohol-based hand sanitizers and Health Safety Reminders shall be installed in visible areas.


Here some important points that you should know:


Venue Facilities:

  • The total number of participants shall be limited to 50% of the maximum venue capacity.
  • MICE facilities should implement physical distancing measures, cleaning, sanitation, disinfection and ventilation of all areas of the venues.
  • Room seating arrangements, at least one meter between participants during the event, including during meals and other interactions and activities. Depending of the conference set-up and break out rooms, distance of one to two meters between seats and a maximum of two pax at each 6 ft
  • Directional signages, floor markings and ushering shall also be provided to create a logical traffic flow and avoid bottlenecks.
  • Venue Operators should submit a Safety and Sanitation Plan covering pre-event, event proper and post-event safety and sanitary measures.


MICE Organizers:

  • MICE organizers are required to formulate an emergency preparedness plan for the prevention of the spread of infection at the event. Including a comprehensive documentation of contact details of all MICE organizers, suppliers, exhibitors and all other participants at the event to be shared with local public and health authorities if any participant becomes ill with a suspected infectious disease.
  • Designate an isolation room or area where persons who feel unwell at the event may be brought to before referral to the doctor on duty, to the nearest hospital, or to the Barangay Health Emergency Response Team. Those with body temperature exceeding 37.5 degrees Celsius and those exhibiting flu-like symptoms shall be refused admission.
  • The protocols encourage to maximize the use of online tools and technology to be more practical, promote less physical contact and minimize gadget handling and physical transfer of materials. For example, cashless method of payment, QR Codes for registration, etc.
  • Exhibit layouts are required to have wider aisles (recommendable size 3m).


Third party suppliers:

  • Food and Beverage Services or Caterers
    • Pre-packed individual meals and drinks shall be the standard means of food packaging throughout the duration of the event.
    • Buffet service is no longer available and self-service is prohibited.
  • Supply Handling
    • Suppliers shall sanitize all equipment and materials (e.g. booths, booth shells, lifting and setup equipment, and all other miscellaneous supplies prior to unloading at the loading bay or delivery to the venue).
    • Customized booths shall be 70% complete prior to ingress to minimize working time inside the venue.
  • Exhibition Booth Set-up
    • Booths 3m x 3m, aisle 3m with the addition of two-way traffic, recommendable 2m for one-way traffic.
    • Maximum of two pax per booth to accommodate one guest per 9 sqm booth at the time.


The protocols apply for those areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) for guidance and strict compliance. Any violation may subject to fines and penalties including revocation of the DOT accreditation.


The MICE Industry plays an important role in the recovery of the tourism industry in the Philippines. As any other sector and business, we can enable safe events.


DOT Guidelines here: https://www.facebook.com/notes/department-of-tourism-philippines/guidelines-on-the-operations-of-mice-organizers-and-venues-or-facilities-under-a/3790031484357029/


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MICECON Philippines

MICECON goes online

The first ever MICECON goes online this year. The Philippine MICE Conference is the biggest and most anticipated event for the industry. Organized by the Department of Tourism (DOT) and Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) for professionals, stakeholders and tourism practitioners in the country.


Less remember that Davao City won the bid as a host destination for the MICECON 2020 conference, as a result of the pandemic this event will be reschedule to a later date but the dates for MICECONline has been announced for October 26-30, 2020.


Past MICECON Conference:

  • MICECON 2010, Subic
  • MICECON 2011, Cebu
  • MICECON 2013, Davao
  • MICECON 2014, Clark
  • MICECON 2015, Manila
  • MICECON 2018, Bacolod


MICECON serves as a platform providing educational programs, great connections and the most important showcase the host destinations as world class destinations for MICE Events integrating all sectors involved in the industry.


The MICE Industry is a contributor to the economic growth of every country. We cannot wait to meet again but in the meantime we are looking forward to this online event.


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Travel and Leisure

Travel + Leisure Awards 2020

Travel + Leisure is the most trusted travel publication in the world based in New York City sharing tips and information about the best destinations, hotels and restaurants.


T+L annually recognize the World’s Best Awards since 1995 via survey where readers are invited to participated and rate on the following: Airlines and airports, car-rental agencies, cities, cruise ships, destinations spas, hotels and hotel brands, islands and tour operators


This year, Philippines have two locations ranked in the top 25th Best Islands in the World. The number 1 spot scored with 94.83 is Palawan and in 14th place Boracay scored 88.22.


The Province of Palawan is an archipelagic of the Philippines that is located in the region of Mimaropa. Boracay is a small island located in the Western Visayas. It is worth mentioning that Boracay was awarded as the 2012 Best Island in the World by T+L. Both destinations known for their amazing wildlife sanctuaries, the incredible diving experiences, gorgeous beaches, delicious food and most assuredly the Filipino hospitality.


Other category is the 25th Top World’s Best Cities 2020, where eleven cities in Asian are considered the best cities this year. As you know we have some roots from Mexico but we are based in the Philippines so we would like to take the opportunity to congratulate Oaxaca, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico City and Merida for being recognized on the 25th Top World’s Best Cities this year.


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Travel Philippines

The Philippine Travel Survey 2020

The Department of Tourism Philippines in partnership with Guide To The Philippines (GTTP) and Asian Institute of Management (AIM) published the summary and analysis of the “The Philippine Travel Survey Report: Insights on Filipino Travelers’ Sentiments on the New Normal”, the report focus to help Tourism enterprises and stakeholders understand the domestic travelers behavior in order to build strategies, adapt products and services, plan for the future and collaborate with stakeholders.


Total of 12,732 Filipino travelers and foreign residents of the Philippines answered the survey with respondents from 81 provinces.

Normally, an individual spend approximately P3,000-P6,000 for 2-3 day leisure trip, the domestic travel is in groups of 2-5 pax either with family, friends or coworkers.


Key Insights of the survey:

  1. Domestic leisure travel will lead Philippine Tourism recovery.
  2. Majority of travelers expect a reduction in income and travel budget.
  3. Health and safety is the primary concern of the travelers.
  4. Travelers prefer reduced contact activities once leisure travel restrictions are lifted.
  5. Travelers prefer online and digital channels for convenience and contact reduction.
  6. Travelers plan to travel closer to home.


Top Ten Domestic Destinations plan on visiting first once leisure travels restrictions are lifted:


  1. Boracay (13.70%)
  2. Siargao (9.21%)
  3. Baguio (9.21%)
  4. Metro Manila (8.50%)
  5. Cebu (7.17%)
  6. El Nido (6.75%)
  7. Coron (6.28%)
  8. Batangas (5.49%)
  9. Bohol (4.59%)
  10. La Union (4.20%)


Local tourism and domestic travel are fundamental for the recovery of the Philippine Travel and Tourism. Travelers have shown a preference for traveling to destinations closer to their place of residence once restrictions are lifted but health and safety are a top priority.


For more information please check here philippines.travel and guidetothephilippines.ph


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