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Mabuhay – and more meetings please!

Manila is host to this year's 31st ASEAN Summit. (Photo Credit: fazon1/Getty Images)
Manila is host to this year's 31st ASEAN Summit. (Photo Credit: fazon1/Getty Images)

 Having just concluded the hosting of a series of meetings for the Southeast Asia Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit, Philippines' meetings industry continues to look ahead with its several key wins in the bag.

The country's meetings industry is expected to continue its strong trajectory, building on a track record of 90 confirmed international association meetings since 2016, as recorded by ICCA. In the next three years, the country is gearing up to host international and regional conferences with subjects ranging from medical, geology to real estate.

In 2018, the country will be welcoming more than 4,000 delegates across five meetings: 

• 27 Federation of Asia Pharmaceutical Association Congress (FAPA)
Estimated delegates: 2074

• 11 Asia Pacific Orthodontic Conference
Estimated delegates: 905

• 14 Asia Pacific Regional Rotaract Conference (APRRC)
Estimated delegates: 619

• 4 Asia Pacific Coral Reef Symposium
Estimated delegates: 460

• 11 Congress of the Asia Pacific Society of Atherosclerosis and Vascular Disease (APSAVD)
Estimated delegates: 380

The country has secured even larger meetings for 2019, which expects to draw almost 6,000 delegates:  

• 29 Scientific Meeting of the Asia Pacific Association for the Study of the Liver (APASL)
Estimated delegates: 3960

• 23 Asia Pacific Congress of Cardiology
Estimated delegates: 1880

In 2020, the Philippines will be hosting the 68 World Congress of the International Real Estate Federation FIABCI with its estimated 840-strong delegation.

To further accommodate the associations segment, major developments of world-class meeting facilities will be expanded across the country. According to a report by TOPHOTELPROJECTS, more than 10,000 rooms for 37 hotels projects are to be constructed in the next five years. In 2019, two SMX Convention Centers will open in Cebu and Clark, while several hotel groups will continue to develop their properties all over Philippines.