Iloilo readies tourism sites, food for APEC 2015

ILOILO CITY is ready to serve the food needs of delegates of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) ministerial meetings in 2015 as well as the tourism sites the delegates wanted to see in the city, said city tourism officer Benito Jimena.

The tourism officer said the city is going to host two top level meetings, one in September 21-25, 2015 for the SME Ministerial Meeting with an expected 700 delegates. The other meeting is slated on September 28 to October 6, 2015 for Food Security Week, a high level dialogue on food security and the Blue Economy and other related meetings with an expected 900 delegates.

Jimena said that an ocular inspection team from the APEC national organizing council will here on July 30, 2014 to see the vital sites or the hosting especially construction of the Iloilo Convention Center as main venue of the meetings, hotels for accommodation of the delegates, and road networks among others,

He said the city is capable of hosting a big international event and the existing hotels have a combined 2,000 rooms. Moreover, two high end hotels of Megaworld Corp. are being constructed just beside the convention center to accommodate the international delegates.

Regarding the food being served to the delegates, the city and province of Iloilo are capable of providing authentic raw materials for the halal foods for the Muslim delegates, Jimena said.

The Department of Tourism is going to conduct training programs for restaurant chefs especially in the preparation of halal foods and other targeted food outlets within the city.

Ilonggo cuisine will also be served to the delegates for them to get a taste of the authentic Ilonggo food such as tinuom, grilled chicken, pancit molo, batchoy, kadios with langka and meat, and others.

Jimena said the security and safety is a must in the city tourism sites such as the hospitals, Calle Real, Iloilo River and Esplanade, bridges connecting to the city proper, public markets and others.

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