BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Global-Estate Resorts Inc. (GERI), a subsidiary of Megaworld, is opening its Boracay Newcoast Convention Center (BNCC) this month, within its sprawling 150-hectare development at Boracay Newcoast in the eastern part of the island of Boracay.
The 1,200-seat convention center is a modern tensile structure that can be divided into three smaller rooms, each with a capacity of 400 people in a theater-style configuration and 250 people in a banquet-style configuration. Surrounding the facility is an open garden lawn that can be used as extended equipment for the event, Megaworld said in a statement it released.
“A theater type configuration will give us a capacity of around 1,200 people, while a banquet configuration will allow up to 750 people. With a view overlooking the Sibuyan Sea, Boracay Newcoast Convention Center is a perfect blend of modern MICE facilities and a tropical haven, right in the heart of our 150-hectare tourist township,” said Cleofe Albiso, General Manager of Megaworld Hotels & Resorts, the operator of BNCC, said.
Albiso also said that the BNCC will be fully air-conditioned and will be equipped with 100% backup power. The congress center will also be equipped with WiFi Internet access, fixed video screens and motorized projection screens with sound. The property 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 in their designs and program performance. We have carefully considered major event requirements, not only 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 BNCC banquets.
The new convention center will also be close to Boracay Newcoast Beach. The beach currently offers Wi-Fi services and other relaxation facilities perfect for “workcation”, a term that responds to the trend of travelers who want to enjoy the beach while working.*