Conrad Manila expects to do well with MICE crowd

THE 347-key Conrad Manila expects to generate a “pretty substantial” one-third of business from MICE when it opens in March or April, said its general manager Harald Feurstein.

Business events will come naturally for the luxury hotel as it will be connected by footbridges to SMX Convention Center in the convention and exhibition hub within the Manila Bay area.

Feurstein said the facilities are complementary.

With the hotel’s proximity to the Arena sports and entertainment venue and Manila’s business centres and tourist attractions, as well as its two levels of upscale retail shops within, Conrad Manila is also expected to draw “other market segments”.

Feurstein remarked: “We can be all things – MICE, leisure and business (travel). We’re a little bit of everything but we’re really good in all of that.”

Conrad Manila will satisfy the need for a business-friendly luxury address in the Manila Bay area, which currently offers five-star hotels in the integrated resorts of Solaire and City of Dreams, which may appeal to a different type of travellers.

The hotel’s comprehensive facilities include a ballroom for up to 1,000 pax, a junior ballroom for 450 pax, seven meeting rooms, a boardroom that can seat 20 to 50 pax and the Verandah outdoor function space for up to 400 pax.

Dining options include the Sea Lounge Bar, China Blue which is led by Chinese master chef Jeremy Leong, and Brasserie on Three which offers healthy cuisine made with organic ingredients.

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