Cebu – Positioned as MICE destination

Far from being just a leisure destination, Cebu is one of the best-positioned M.I.C.E. (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, and Exhibitions/Events) destinations in our country, not only because of its capability to cater to the business traveler's needs, with its improved facilities and the presence of an international airport, big hotels and convention halls of international standards, but more so because of its enthusiasm and determination to be one of the best meeting, incentive, convention/exhibition and event destinations in Asia. It is that same Cebuano spirit and attitude towards M.I.C.E. which we hope will spread all over the country. While some other sectors are still questioning the wisdom of investing in the M.I.C.E. industry, and wondering why Cebu is so bullish about it, we know exactly why. That is because Cebu “gets it”. Cebu understands that M.I.C.E. is a niche market that brings in large numbers of people that help stimulate economic activities, generating not only immediate economic revenue, but also international goodwill and positive publicity for the host destination. M.I.C.E. is a lucrative market segment in the Philippines primarily because of our competitive advantage in terms of convenient location, a friendly English-speaking people, low cost labor, and world-class natural attractions.

170 Russians on incentive tour in Cebu

A CONTINGENT of close to 200 Russians is now in Cebu for a three-day incentive tour. This was disclosed by Russian Federation Consul Armi L. Garcia, […]

Seafarers to tackle HIV/AIDS

THE Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) are among the major problems plaguing Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) including seamen today. A recent report by the Department of Health said 178 cases have been recorded for the month of June this year – a 63 percent increase considered to be the highest for 2011. Only 109 cases were reported in the same month of last year. Of the 178 cases, 22 were found to be from OFWs with 18 of them males and most of them seamen or sea-based personnel. All of these 22 OFW cases were acquired through heterosexual intercourse with 10, bisexual contact with seven, and homosexual intimacy with five. Given the new cases reported, there are now 1,016 Filipino HIV victims and 18 full-blown AIDS cases in the first five months of 2011. Because of this concern, HIV/AIDS has been listed among the priority topics to be tackled on in the 1st International Seafarers Family Convention and Exhibit on August 4-5 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City.

Vis-Min seafarers urged to join 1st Int’l confab

SEAFARING individuals and their families based in the Visayas and Mindanao are enjoined to take part in the 1st International Seafarers Family Convention (ISFC) and Exhibition on August 4 and 5 at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City. “To help them strengthen their ties with their families and deal with the problems related to their maritime careers, we are inviting our seafaring brothers and sisters in the Visayas and Mindanao to participate in this first-ever international conference along with their families and relatives,” said Marissa F. Oca, chief organizer of the two-day convention. “Families have many ways of coping with the absence of their seafarer parents or kids,” Oca said. “And through the years, many issues have cropped up in relation to this. But we should all be aware that not only the family, but also the government, ship owners, employers, NGOs, and many others have a stake in keeping the families of seafarers together.” The convention, with the theme: “The Bonds of Families, the Success of the World,” is also aimed at heralding the contribution of the maritime industry to the Philippine economy as well. Topics to be discussed in the convention are Maritime Piracy (A Humanitarian Response Program), HIV/AIDS, and Coping Styles to Loneliness and Separation, among numerous others.