Cover story – Making space for MICE. Players say the Philippines needs larger venues to attract bigger meetings and trade fairs. Should MICE industry worry about drop in ICCA ranking? TPB and PACEOS argue that issues are technical.
Infograph – Meeting the competition. List of new meeting venues and MICE facilities in the Philippines and Asia-Pacific.
Development – Microtel eyes growth up north. Already strong with business travelers, Microtel’s North Luzon area is expanding room count and promoting nearby destinations to entice the leisure market.
Chef’s corner – Too good to eat. Marriott Manila’s chocolatier, Christopher Balane, is an emerging talent in the region’s chocolate showpiece competition scene.
Trends – Craft spirits take center stage at IFEX 2015. Distilleries of liquors made from traditional fruits and coconut bring their beverage to greater heights through techniques and packaging.
F&B – Fresh twist on food. After growing an herb garden for its all-day dining outlet, Taal Vista Hotel has rolled out a full-blown farm-to-table restaurant concept led by chef Jayme Natividad.
Career – City Garden Grand Hotel’s new GM. Interview with Laurence Pena, general manager of newly opened City Garden Grand Hotel in Makati
Wine Talk – Understanding the Nebbiolo grape by Sherwin Lao
Supplier – Nissan Philippines to push NV350 Urvan to hotels, transport operators
Fresh from the oven – The All-Filipino kinilaw by Dolly Dy-Zulueta
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