The feast goes on at Madrid Fusion Manila 2018


MANILA – Madrid Fusion Manila sets its 4th staging at SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia grounds on April 19-21 with another Michelin star-studded list of participating chefs from all over the world.


Department of Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo signed the Memorandum of Understanding together with Undersecretary Benito Bengzon, JrMadrid Fusion director Lourdes Plana, and business director Iñigo Iribarnegaray yesterday at Manila Peninsula Hotel.


In her speech, Secretary Teo thanked all their sponsors and partners, including media, in making the MFM, the most awaited culinary event in the region for the past years. Again, she enjoined all players to work together once more to ensure another banner year.


“DOT and travel industry partners hope to develop and promote culinary tourism and spur tourism arrivals. DA and entrepreneurs and farmers hope to create an awareness and demand for agriculture in the provinces, the DTI and the business sector hope to promote trade and business partnership in the food industry and tourism, the academe wishes to expose their students to the latest gastronomic trends and learn from the knowledge imparted by the great chefs in the world, and our media partners are chronicling all these exciting developments in food gastronomy and tourism. This project will bond all these sectors together, we are rallying behind one common goal of establishing the Philippines as the center of gastronomy in this part of the world. We ask for you to continue your support MFM 2018, International Gastronomy Congress, The Fusion Manila International Gastronomy Expo, and the expanded Flavors of the Philippines festival that will run the whole month of April and possibly expand to June countrywide, “she declared.


With the theme Innovating Traditions, the confirmed participating chefs for MFM 2018 are: Javier Estévez (La Tasqueria Madrid); Iñigo Lavado (Singular Irun); Roberto Ruiz (Punto MX, Madrid); Pepe Solla (Casa Solla, Pontevedra); Diego Gallegos (Sollo, Málaga); Paul Qui (Kuneho, Austin Texas); Matt Abergel (Ronin, Hong Kong); Mingoo Kang (Mingles, Seoul); LG Han (Labyrinth, Singapore); Aitor Jerónimo Orive (Iggy’s, Singapore); Hajime Yoneda, (Hajime, Osaka); and Curtis Duffy (Grace, Chicago).

Hotel Suppliers Show goes all out for its 8th year


Annual three-day trade expo brings in international speakers and presents opportunities for hospitality stakeholders


Hotel Suppliers Show, considered the Philippines’ biggest hospitality trade fair, will take place on September 21 to 23, 2017 at the SMX Convention Centre Manila, Mall of Asia Complex. The show is now on its 8th year and is set to feature even more of the industry’s leading manufacturers, suppliers, and service providers looking to meet buyers and distributors in the Philippines’ growing market of hotels, restaurants, and resorts.


“We’re very excited to hold the eight year of the show,” says Patrick-Lawrence Tan, Chief Executive Officer, Global-Link Exhibitions Specialist. Inc. “Since we launched it in 2010, this has slowly but surely gained a reputation as an ideal platform for hospitality operators to source quality products from leading suppliers and network with some of the top industry players in the country. Building on the success of previous years, we are looking forward to presenting fresh programming and new developments from the product and service sectors for hospitality.”


The Hotel Suppliers Show is organized by Global-Link Exhibitions Specialist, Inc. in partnership with the Chamber of Furniture Industries of the Philippines (CFIP) and is a must for hotel and restaurant operators, property developers, specialists in retail, F&B and spa, as well as architects and designers seeking a dynamic showcase of the highest quality hospitality products, technology, and services.


Last year’s show gained outstanding feedback from both exhibitors and visitors. Over 7,755 square meters of exhibition space was packed with more than 250 participating companies. The show was attended by 7,500 trade buyers and visitors, breaking its own records in the previous years.


Five engaging symposiums will also be happening alongside the trade fair. This year, the highly influential trend forecaster Cécile Poignant, editor of Trend Tablet, will be presenting The Future of Travel and Hospitality exclusively to participants of the show. The report highlights major lifestyle trends that will shape travel for years to come. As a trend forecaster, Poignant has worked and consulted with many international brands including Nissan, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE, Philips, Estée Lauder, L’oréal, and Jacobs Douwe Egberts for market studies that have influenced their strategic product developments and innovation processes. When she is not travelling the world to speak at international conferences in front of experienced professionals, Poignant teaches Innovation at Parsons Paris, and Trend Forecasting at ESCP Europe and Institut Français de la Mode (IFM) Paris.


Happening at the same time will be the National Building and Property Management Summit, a conference for business and trade professionals from the property and construction sector; the World Hospitality Market featuring Mr. Matteo Grigolini, an Italian hospitality market expert, will tackle the latest trends in the furniture and furnishing aspect of the industry; Management Essentials for Hotels and Resorts: Purchasing, Labor, and Finance by Y&S 1847 Hotel Investment and Development; and a Continuing Professional Development conference by the Philippine Institute of Interior Designers.


From the front desk to back of the house services, F&B to housekeeping, design and décor to technology, the all-encompassing event will feature a comprehensive showcase segmented into the three areas including Design & Décor Philippines, Food & Beverage Suppliers Show and Furniture, Fixtures & Equipment Philippines. This event is sponsored by Hafele Philippines, Inc. and Harle Philippines, Inc. For more information on the Hotels Suppliers Show 2017, follow us on Facebook and Instagram: @HotelSuppliersShow or register at to get your visitor pass to the show.

HSMA Virtus Awards

VIRTUS Awards 2016. Margie Munsayac, HSMA President (leftmost) and Rose Libongco, Virtus Awards Chair (rightmost) flank the 2016 Virtus Awards winners (left to right) Marivic Recio of The Bellevue Hotels and Resorts (Leader category), Ma. Trixie Ong of Best Western Hotel La Corona Manila (Associate category), June Kelly Ichinomiya of The Bellevue Hotels and Resorts (Manager category), and Ann Olalo of Radisson Blu Cebu (Marketing Campaign category). –  (Photo by


The Hotel Sales and Marketing Association’s (HSMA) quest to award its 80-strong member-properties for creativity, innovation, and excellence continues with the 3rd Virtus Awards to be held in November this year.

The multi- category competition offers a unique platform among hotel sales and marketing professionals in the country to tell their stories of excellence and success that resonate well beyond the hotel and resort industry. It acknowledges customer and business-focused strategies as well as innovative and creative programs that bring about measurable results and return on investments to their properties.

Launched in 2015, the Virtus Awards grants three individual awards and one corporate award annually. The individual awards for Associate, Manager, and Leader are in the categories of room sales, events management, catering, reservation, public relations and communications, and revenue management.

“The Virtus Awards has propelled the HSMA into another level of advocacy and raised the bar in the delivery of its objective of motivating and encouraging excellence among its ranks,” declares Rose Libongco, Chairperson of the Virtus Awards.

“We hope to ignite the passion and drive of hotels and resorts through their all-important sales and marketing team to excite the market, deliver vigorous business, make hearts beat a little faster, and yes, shake our world,” she adds.

According to HSMA President Margie Munsayac, the steadfast support of the Department of Tourism as well as a stellar cast of industry leaders and influencers as judges will enable HSMA to continue its celebration of excellence in hotel sales and marketing.

“The HSMA will continue to forge ahead to make the Virtus Awards leave a mark and the winners will be true exemplars of the tourism and hospitality industry, she states.

Meituan-Dianping will host speed-dating event during ITB China


Berlin/Shanghai, 6 April 2017 – Meituan-Dianping will host a speed-dating event on the first day of ITB China (10 to 12 May 2017), the new marketplace for the Chinese travel industry, to meet destinations, travel service and travel technology provider from all over the world to seek potential partnership. The event will enable buyers to establish valuable links with Meituan-Dianping in the shortest possible time. With the synergy of its hotel and tourism unit and its catering unit, Meituan-Dianping aims at working with top-ranked travel service providers to become a one-stop full-service app for China’s consumers. Via this one-to-one meeting platform, global destinations, travel service and technology providers from all over the world can have a direct talk with Meituan-Dianping representatives to seize a long partnership.


The Networking event will take place on 10 May 2017 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm in Meeting Room 1 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Conference Center and will be limited to 100 suppliers. Interested exhibitors of ITB China 2017 can register online at:


Meituan-Dianping’s data reflect the continued robust growth of China’s outbound travel in 2017. The company’s apps draw hundreds of thousands of overseas users daily and its DaZhongDianPing app has become one of the most popular lifestyle service apps for Chinese nationals when they are overseas.


Meituan-Dianping’s hotel and tourism business unit announced on February 13, 2017 that the company has set up overseas accommodation service on its Meituan app and DaZhongDianPing app, providing users with more than 120,000 properties in over 5,000 cities worldwide for booking.


ITB China will take place from 10 to 12 May 2017 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Conference Center. The event, an international offshoot of one of Messe Berlin’s most successful trade fairs, will take place annually and focus on the Chinese travel industry. Its co-organiser is TravelDaily China, a leading online news portal and organiser of travel industry conferences in Asia’s largest country.


Also of interest:  Europe is the official Partner Destination for ITB China 2017


JinJiang International Hotels become the Official Hotel Partner of ITB China

Berlin/Shanghai, 3 April 2017 – JinJiang International Hotels announces that it has become the official hotel partner of the first ever ITB China, which will take place from 10 to 12 May 2017 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Conference Center. 


“We welcome JinJiang International Hotels as the Official Hotel Partner of ITB China and look forward to working with them. JinJiang will provide our exhibitors, buyers, trade visitors and media representatives with high-level hospitality and services during ITB China 2017,” David Axiotis, General Manager ITB China, said in a statement.


Mr. John Li, Vice President, JinJiang International Hotel Management Co., Ltd gave a speech on the ITB China press review on 2 March 2017. He presented the long history and culture of JinJiang Hotel, how it has actively explored the international development and how it works closely with ITB as a brand. According to Mr. Li, in 2017, JinJiang International Hotels will continue to strengthen the internationalized construction of the information platform, set up the sharing platform of WeHotel global hotel with the means of the industry and the Internet on the basis of loyalty members worldwide. So as to promote transformation and upgrading of the traditional service industry, boost the cross-border integration and development of the hotel industry, and jointly build a travel service ecosystem with hotel as the core.


Travelers can visit to learn more details about JinJiang International Hotels’ collaboration with ITB China.


ITB China connects brand new products and innovative services of tourism with the best industry experts in one place. More than 600 top Chinese buyers as well as 10,000 professional visitors are expected at its premiere in Shanghai. They will be meeting round about 600 exhibitors, senior tourism, hospitality and media professionals from global tourism destinations, tourism agencies and organizations coming from all over the world.


ITB China will take place from 10 to 12 May 2017 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Conference Center. The event, an international offshoot of one of Messe Berlin’s most successful trade fairs, will take place annually and focus on the Chinese travel industry. Its co-organiser is TravelDaily China, a leading online news portal and organiser of travel industry conferences in Asia’s largest country.

Also of interest:  Europe is the official Partner Destination for ITB China 2017
Also of interest:  Meituan-Dianping will host speed-dating event during ITB China

Europe is the official Partner Destination for ITB China 2017

Mr. Eduardo Santander, Executive Director European Travel Commission and Mr. David Axiotis, General Manager ITB China

First Partner Destination ever – official announcement of partnership between European Travel Commission and ITB China on 31 January in Brussels

 Europe as one destination:  Europe is the Official Partner Destination of ITB China 2017. A corresponding agreement was signed on 31 January 2017 by Mr. David Axiotis, General Manager ITB China and Mr. Eduardo Santander, Executive Director European Travel Commission. The three-day business to business travel trade fair focuses exclusively on the Chinese travel industry and takes place from 10 to 12 May 2017 in Shanghai.

David Axiotis, General Manager of ITB China: “We are delighted to announce Europe as the first ever partner destination for ITB China. China is the driving force for growth in outbound trips and Europe as a continent remains a dream destination for many Chinese tourists. Europe as partner destination will help to better understand the needs of Chinese visitors within the European Tourism Community, especially in the view of the 2018 EU-China Tourism Year (ECTY).”

Eduardo Santander / Executive Director at European Travel Commission: European destinations acknowledge the need to remain competitive in China. It is only through deeper cooperation with the Chinese authorities and the support and commitment of the European tourism sector to engage in joint public-private marketing initiatives, like this partnership with ITB China, that Europe will succeed in fostering sustainable tourism growth from China”.

A dedicated Europe Pavilion at ITB China will be showcasing the multitude of European tourism products and destinations among which are confirmed national presences of Czech Republic, Belgium, Hungary, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Serbia. In addition to the Europe pavilion, ITB China will show strong individual presences of other major European destinations such as Portugal, Finland, Greece and Austria.

The European presence on the show floor is flanked by The World Bridge Tourism project (WBT), which is co-located with ITB China 2017. The WBT is a project jointly organized by the European Travel Commission (ETC) and the European Tour Operators Association (ETOA) matching 150 European tourism suppliers from all over Europe with the corresponding number of Chinese travel product buyers. Besides its pure B2B character the event is supported by an extensive program of research and webinars aimed at increasing the understanding of the needs of Chinese visitors within the European Tourism Community.

Tom Jenkins, CEO of The European Tour Operators Association says: “We are looking forward to working together with the European Travel Commission and ITB China. China’s desire to travel abroad remains unbroken and European interest in accommodating Chinese visitors is growing. This initiative is designed to help European suppliers understand the needs of the Chinese market and deal directly with the main players.”

Both initiatives the Europe Pavilion at ITB China and the World Bridge Tourism have the support of the European Union.

ITB China will take place from 10 to 12 May 2017 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Conference Center. The event, an international offshoot of one of Messe Berlin’s most successful trade fairs, will take place annually and focus on the Chinese travel industry. Its co-organiser is TravelDaily China, a leading online news portal and organiser of travel industry conferences in Asia’s largest country.

Congress, Meeting and Event Industry will come alive with “ACE of M.I.C.E. Exhibition by Turkish Airlines”




The world’s third-largest MICE (Meeting, Incentive, Congress, Events) exhibition ACE of M.I.C.E. Congress, Meeting and Event Industry Exhibition will take place in February 22-24 in 2017 for the fourth time at Istanbul Congress Center – ICC sponsored by Turkish Airlines. The exhibition to host industry professionals from Turkey and all over the world is expected to bring qualified hosted buyers from oversea markets to our country, which will inspire MICE tourism.


Organized by Tourism Media Group since 2014, ACE of M.I.C.E. Exhibition, one of the most important meetings of the congress, meeting and event industry continues to take steps to contribute to the growth of MICE tourism in real terms. ACE of M.I.C.E. Exhibition by Turkish Airlines which will take place between 22-24 February 2017, will host industry professionals, corporate executives and heads of associations organizing congresses, meetings and events around the world in Istanbul.


ACE of M.I.C.E. Exhibition by Turkish Airlines will last for 3 days with the motto “We get together with all our colors”. It will bring together MICE sector professionals with network activities, sessions for sector professionals, ‘AMEzing Party’ and colorful events will also be organized. Among the highlights of the exhibition are: MICE Professionals are Gathering to Build the Future, a session of sports events, a meeting of communication societies, and a session of interest from last year’s MICE’s Genies.


More than 15 thousand visitors are expected this year to the fair which welcomed a total of 14 thousand 496 visitors from Turkey and the world last year. For this year, an intense business cooperation network is expected to be established at AME 2017, which was visited by a total of 750 buyers from domestic and 39 countries in the previous year. Within the scope of the fair, it is aimed to have a positive effect on the Turkish MICE market with 200 buyer company authorities to be hosted in Istanbul for four days. Furthermore, MICE professionals from EMEA region will be welcomed and new cooperation will be provided.


Tourism Media Group President Volkan Ataman said that we aim to bring together all the actors of the MICE industry by ACE of M.I.C.E. Exhibition by Turkish Airlines : ”With the congresses, meetings and events (MICE) continuing all year around, our objective is to compensate the losses in tourism because of the negative developments which we have experienced in the last years. Considering all these, MICE fair we are organizing has greater importance. We have contributed to establish trade cooperation network of industry professionals in various sectors with our fairs we have realized so far. MICE tourism and the country’s contribution to the promotion of the four of this event in 2017 sponsored by Turkish Airlines and because of that our power will increase.”


Turkish Airlines Vice General Manager (Marketing and Sales) Ahmet Olmuştur said that: ”The MICE industry is a fast-growing industry in our country in the past 10 years. As Turkish Airlines, we are aware of the importance of the MICE and with this awareness our products are constantly being improved in line with the feedback from the sector. Turkish Airlines has decided to become a name sponsor for the ACE of M.I.C.E. Exhibition in 2017, the only fair for the MICE industry in our country, successfully organized in the past years in order to increase the support we have given to our sector. We believe that the impact of the ACE of M.I.C.E. by Turkish Airlines will be great as the positive trend that Istanbul has captured in the sector in recent years has continued. At the same time, the fair also has an important place in the introduction of Istanbul, our hub and the emergence of new business opportunities. Thanks to ACE of M.I.C.E. Exhibition by Turkish Airlines, we have no doubt that we will be able to show our country, our city and our services to the invited buyers from all over the world for the first time and welcome those in the best possible way in Istanbul.

CCA, Manila to hold ‘The Future of Food’ on Nov. 23


Michelin-Star chefs Alvin Leung and Christian Tetedoie


Underscoring the increasing relevance of understanding and predicting key trends impacting the food and hospitality industries, the pioneer culinary arts institution in the country, the Center for Culinary Arts (CCA, Manila), invites current and aspiring leaders to take part in an international conference entitled “The Future of Food: Business Directions for Hospitality & Culinary Leaders” on Nov. 23, 2016, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the UP Auditorium in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.


The one-day conference offers timely analyses and dynamic panel discussions to be led by a powerhouse cast of food authorities and culinary experts who will talk about the most pressing issues facing us today and in the near future.


Leading the speakers’ line up is Senate Committee Chairman on Agriculture Senator Francis Pangilinan who will deliver the Keynote Address, “The State of Food Security in the Philippines.” This will be followed by the “Food and Dining Trends in Asia Pacific Region” talk by Disciples Escoffier International Chairman Master Chef Robert Fontana and “Dining Trends of Today’s Generation in the Philippines” session by award-winning communications strategist at McCann Erickson Worldgroup Philippines Eileen Borromeo.


Also top-billing this year’s conference is Michelin-starred French Master Chef Christian Tetedoie with his talk entitled “Synergizing Traditional and Modern Techniques”. Tetedoie, the current President of Maîtres Cuisiniers de France and recipient of the prestigious Meilleur Ouvrier de France recognition, is also a regular visiting guest Master Chef at the Institut Culinaire Disciples Escoffier of Hong Kong.


Another event highlight is the expert talk by globally renowned 3-Michelin starred Chef Alvin Leung who will share his insights on “Modernizing Cooking Techniques”. Leung, the self-proclaimed “Demon Chef”, is one of the rare self-taught chefs to have a 3 Michelin-star establishment, Bo Innovation.


A collaborative panel discussion on “The Social Responsibility of Sustainability: Issues and Challenges from Movement Advocates” will be headed by Christian Schmidradner of Meliomar Inc.;  Chit Juan of Slow Food Movement and Philippine Coffee Board member; and, Amy Besa of Purple Yam and founder of Ang Sailing Atin Culinary Heritage Movement.


Global and domestic restaurant owners and kitchen pop-ups purveyors will also share their insights on entrepreneurship and the Filipino cuisine in their respective talks: Gallery Vask’s Chef Chele Gonzalez (“Applying Sustainability Principles in the Food Business”); Nicole Ponseca, owner and CEO of Maharlika Filipino Moderno and Jeepney Filipino Gastropub (“Filipino Cuisine: How Did We Get There and How Do We Stay Relevant”); and Filipino Kitchen’s co-founder Maria Natalia Roxas (“Pushing Global Recognition for Filipino Food: Challenges and Opportunities”).


Capping off the international conference is the session entitled “The Business of Sustainability and Food Entrepreneurship: Best Practices from Restaurateurs, Educators, and Trade Suppliers.” Featured panelists are Dr. Christina Aquino (President, Asia Pacific Council of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education), Weizel Gulfan (owner, Coco Green), Gejo Jimenez (farmer/entrepreneur and owner of Malipayon Farms), and Chefs Steve and Cristina Carl (owners of Grind Burger).


Apart from open discussions, participants also get to interact with the guest speakers, as well as connect with key personalities and top enterprises that can help them leverage new opportunities for their businesses. Truly, an event that should not be missed!


Registration fee (P4,500 Professional Rate/ P3,500 Academic Rate) for the whole day seminar is inclusive of buffet lunch, AM and PM snacks, seminar kit, and CCA certificate.


“The Future of Food: Business Directions for Hospitality & Culinary Leaders” conference is powered by Courage Asia and supported by Kenwood Kitchen Appliances, JOLLY Mushrooms, Good Life, Nestle Food Service, San Remo, Tabasco, ScanPan, Fronen and Hershey’s Kitchen.


For more information on CCA, Manila’s 20th anniversary event lineup and conference ticket details, contact Grace Cipriano at 0995-4565579, You may also call 218-8566 or 426-4825 or do an online registration at

SMX to launch second Culinaire event

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The SMX Convention Center plans to launch another Culinaire, The Magical Food Journey, on Monday, October 10, 2016 at the SMX Manila. After the huge success of the first Culinaire of the year in May, a number of inquiries on its next schedule have been received.


This time, a more exciting and spellbinding theme will be witnessed by SMX Convention Center’s top clients from the corporate, association, education and government segments as well as the professional event and meeting planners, members of the media and VIP guests.


Stages Production Specialists Inc. will be conceptualizing and organizing the event just as it had done last May. The recently opened Conrad Manila will be a new addition to the list of participating caterers who will add magic to the night. Each caterer will showcase a mouth-watering array of dishes presented in a way where one can enjoy a wider and more satisfying selection of food samplers and a medley of flavors. To cap the evening, a big reveal towards the end of the program will make the Culinaire experience a lot sweeter and delightful for everyone.


Under the flagship of SMX Manila are SMX Aura, SMX Bacolod, SMX Davao and two Trade Halls namely, Mega Trade Hall and Cebu Trade Hall and the soon-to-open SM Seaside Cebu Sky Hall.

Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo graces Hotel 101 Manila opening

FullSizeRender-2Hotel 101 Manila, the newest hotel brand in the Philippines, had Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Tulfo Teo as guest of honor in a simple ceremony attended by corporate, travel trade, and media guests last night.


“We must thank you in helping fulfill the vision of 5,000 rooms. We hope you will build more in the next three years,” Secretary Teo said in her opening remarks.


The hotel has 518 standard rooms with a queen bed and single bed set-up, offering ample space and comfortable accommodation.


“We envision Hotel 101 to be one of the most relevant hotel brands in the Philippines. The Hotel 101-Manila will be one of the most significant projects among our future portfolio of hotel and resorts in different parts of the country,“ Edgar “Injap” Sia II, chairman of Hotel of Asia Inc., the hotel’s owning company.


While Hotel 101 is a homegrown brand and the flagship of Hotel of Asia, the company has also entered into a franchise agreement for the JinJiang Inn brand from Jin Jiang International, the largest hospitality conglomerate in China, and 5th largest in the world. Hotel of Asia presently stands at four properties —Injap Tower Hotel in Iloilo, and JinJiang Inn Ortigas and Makati.


On the other hand, Lei Policarpio,  Hotel 101 Manila general manager , revealed that there are three other projects in their pipeline—BGC (Hotel 101), two in Boracay (Jinjiang and Hotel 101) and a recently signed development in Cavite. “We are targeting a total inventory of 5,000 rooms by year 2020 and as we launch Hotel 101 and our future projects, we hope to be able to build fruitful partnerships with each and everyone one of you.”

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