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07 December 2011

Subic remains a favorite venue for MICE events

The biggest gathering of certified public accountants in the country again proved that the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center (SBECC) can deliver on its touted claim as a most ideal venue for all types of meetings and conferences.

According to Manuel Mapoy, chairman of the 66th Annual National Convention of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA), the success of their group’s convention, which was concluded recently, was largely due to the attractiveness of the Subic Bay Freeport as a venue.

“The 66th Annual National Convention is the biggest event the PICPA has ever held,” Mapoy said, noting that some 3,000 certified public accountants who are either employed in the government or private corporations from all over the country joined the convention at the SBECC.

In particular, Mapoy said that the natural environment of Subic, including the lush forests, pristine beaches and clean surroundings, was a bestseller among PICPA delegates.

Moreover, the natural attractions are complemented by first class tourism facilities and quality services, he added.

Mapoy also told the PICPA delegates during the opening ceremonies at SBECC’s Plenary Hall 1 that the Subic Freeport is one attraction that the whole Central Luzon can be proud of.

For his part, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman Roberto Garcia described the SBECC as “the Pearl of the Freeport” as he welcomed PICPA delegates led by its national president and regional (Central Luzon) chair Josefina Chua.

“We are honored that you have chosen SBECC to be your venue for this annual convention, and we thank you for giving us the opportunity to become part of the achievements that you are to accomplish here,” Garcia said.

Garcia added that the SBMA constructed SBECC to comfortably sit up to 5,000 delegates in a bid to become a major destination for corporate meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) at any period of the year.

Considered as one of the biggest convention centers in the country today in terms of floor area, the fully air-conditioned SBECC boasts of a 2,456-square meter main convention hall, a 3,992-square dining hall, an indoor trade/exhibit area that can accommodate 64 booths, an administration building, and a large parking area.

Most importantly, Garcia noted, SBECC is located at the heart of the Subic Bay Freeport where most of the facilities, such as duty free shops, restaurants, hotels and health care centers, are no more than ten minutes’ walk from each other. Meanwhile, beaches, theme parks and other recreational and eco-tourism parks are just a short drive away.

Garcia said that these SBECC features fulfill the requirements for an ideal MICE venue — a one-stop tourism destination that has the capability to host local and international events that require indoor and outdoor venues to guarantee a remarkable for delegates to enjoy during their stay. (SBMA Corporate Communications)

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