DAVAO CITY – The Clark Freeport will be next year’s venue for the annual Meetings, Incentives Travel Conventions and Exhibition/Events Convention (MICE Con), the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) announced.
During this year’s MICE Con farewell dinner on Friday (March 8) at the Waterfront Insular Hotel here, the annual corporate event was formally turned-over to CDC President Arthur P. Tugade, who readily accepted the challenge of hosting the 2014 convention.
In his speech, Tugade cited MICE Con’s advantage in forging better business opportunities for tourism stakeholders:
“I understand that yesterday (March 7) his Excellency, President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III, no less, together with the secretary of tourism and the speaker of the House of Representatives, Speaker [Sonny] Belmonte came here.”
“Their presence…underscored the importance of MICE Con. Today, the full and entire management of the Clark Development Corporation is here if only to underscore the importance MICE Con,” Tugade said.
Tugade opened his speech by thanking all MICE Con delegates who attended the farewell dinner and afterwards accepted the challenge and opportunity, in behalf of the state-run Clark Development Corporation and the Clark Freeport, to host next year’s convention.
“On behalf of the management of the CDC and on behalf of the Clark Freeport, we accept the opportunity and the challenge to host the next MICE Con this coming 2014. This is a single honor as it is a privilege and a golden opportunity,” the CDC president further said.
He added: “Thank you very much, ladies and gentlemen, for the opportunity. Just to show you how important it is [to us] today we have the chair of the Board of Directors [of the CDC] Eliseo Santiago, the president of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) Atty. Arnel Casanova, and of course, the president of the Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) Chichos Luciano.”
Tugade also assured MICE Con participants that Clark is now one of the perfect travel destinations in the North Philippines.
“We welcome you all to Clark and I hope you can all come to witness the sights and sounds of Clark. We hope you can all come to see the smiling people of Clark. We hope you can all come to experience the food, the hospitality, and the wonders of Clark as it is said for any reason whatsoever come to Clark – it’s more fun to do it all in Clark!”