BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Megaworld subsidiary Global-Estate Resorts Inc. (GERI) is opening its Boracay Newcoast Convention Center (BNCC) this month, right within its expansive 150-hectare Boracay Newcoast development in the eastern part of Boracay Island.
The 1,200-seater convention facility is a modern tensile structure that can be divided into three smaller rooms, each with a capacity of 400 persons for theatre-type set-up and 250 persons for banquet-type set-up. Surrounding the facility is an open garden lawn which can be used as an extended amenity for event, Megaworld said in a statement it issued.
“A theatre-type setting will give us a capacity of around 1,200 persons, while a banquet set-up will allow up to 750 persons. With a view overlooking the Sibuyan Sea, the Boracay Newcoast Convention Center is perfect blend of a modern MICE facility and a tropical haven, right at the heart of our 150-hectare tourism township,” Cleofe Albiso, managing director, Megaworld Hotels & Resorts, the operator of the BNCC, said.
Albiso also said that the BNCC will be fully-airconditioned and will be equipped with a 100 percent back-up power supply. The convention facility will also be equipped with WiFi internet access, fixed video screens and motorized projector screens with sound system. The facility will also have its own service kitchen, ensuring smooth banquet services for MICE events.
“We will also have a high ceiling of up to nine (9) meters, which event organizers prefer so they can be flexible with their designs and program performances. We carefully took into consideration the major requirements of events, not just for conventions and conferences, but also for weddings,” she added.
Savoy Hotel Boracay and Belmont Hotel Boracay, the two hotels already operating inside Boracay Newcoast, will handle the banquet requirements of the BNCC.
The new convention facility will also have a close proximity to the beach area of Boracay Newcoast. The beach area currently offers WiFi services and other lounging facilities perfect for ‘workcation,’ a term that caters to the trend among travelers who want to enjoy the beach while working.*