The Davao MICE Execom is eyeing to surpass the MICE (Meetings Incentives Conventions Exhibitions) Conference (MICECON) 2013 record that gathered 500 delegates excluding the foreign speakers and other guests.
This year the group is targeting 600 delegates for the upcoming MICECON 2020 slated in Davao City despite the Novel Corona Virus 2019 (COVID 2019) outbreak.
“Davao City still holds the highest record of attendees in the past decade,” said Mary Ann Montemayor, who is handling the socials committee.
The city won over Clark to host this year the largest gathering of MICE professionals and industry players in the country scheduled in October this year.
Montemayor said the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) was impressed with their presentations of the facilities where plenary and breakout sessions will be held and other places where the delegates would be brought.
“The team from TPB PHL was here yesterday and did some inspections of the facilities and the places where we intend to bring them. They checked the other facilities where we intend to bring them for different socials. They were very happy with the presentations,” she said.
TPB PHL is an attached agency of the Department of Tourism (DOT) tasked to market and promote the Philippines domestically and internationally as a world-class tourism and MICE destination.
Preparations for the upcoming MICE continue and the Execom is hopeful that the 2019 COVID 2019 outbreak will be over soon.
In line with the recent pronouncements of Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio banning events in the city that would attract mass gathering, City Tourism Operations Office (CTOO) head Generose Tecson said they will be making adjustments like instead of setting up welcoming dancers in the Davao International Airport, the execom will put taped recorded music and decorate the arrival area.
“The mayor’s pronouncements today are actions to deter the spread of COVID 2019. If may still be lifted later on, who knows. If ever it won’t be, then we have to comply with it. Not a problem,” said Ken Kapulong, Davao Mice Execom co-chair.
The convention, which is slated in October, is a highly-anticipated educational event for travel and tourism professionals, as well as MICE practitioners for its range of topics, renowned speakers, and themed events.