Boracay Convention Center

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Boracay Convention Center
General information
Type Convention Center
Architectural style Brutalist
Location Boracay Island,
Aklan,
 Philippines
Completed 2008
Owner Equinox Land Corporation,
Taytay sa Kauswagan Inc.,
7017 Islands Property Holdings
Design and construction
Main contractor Boracay Property Holdings, Inc

The Boracay Convention Center (BCC), also known as Boracay Ecovillage Resort and Convention Center, is the biggest convention center in Aklan, Philippines. It is a private ecotourism venue intended for trade events, industry conventions, corporate functions, concerts, and international exhibitions. It is one of the landmarks of the Island of Boracay, which was declared by the British publication TV Quick as the world's number one tropical beach and topped the 2007 Yahoo! Travel list of World’s Most Popular Beach.[1][2][3] Its building is located in Yapak, Malay, Aklan, Philippines, which is approximately 315 km (196 mi) south of Manila and 2 km off the northwest tip of the island of Panay in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines. The Boracay Convention Center was the venue of Miss Earth 2009, an annual international beauty contest promoting environmental awareness and one of the three largest beauty pageants in the world.[4]

Mandaluyong City-based Boracay Property Holdings Inc., the owner and developer of Boracay Eco Village Resort and Boracay Convention Center, is owned by Equinox Land Corporation, Taytay sa Kauswagan Inc., and 7017 Islands Property Holdings.[5][6]

Description[edit]

Puka Beach, Boracay where the rare Puka shells are found
Boracay's White Beach

The Boracay Convention Center is situated inside the Boracay Eco Village Resort, the only mountain resort in Boracay that allows to enjoy the white sand and turquoise water of Puka Beach as well as the rich nature of the island and its flora and fauna. It can accommodate 2,500 to 3,000 participants (theater type on the second level) and approximately 1,500 participants with tables on the ground floor.[4]

The convention center has the latest technology in multimedia equipment for power point and video presentation. It is equipped with high illumination LCD multimedia projectors that can be utilized in daylights settings with projections that can be simultaneously operated as a single projection or upon demand, and may project 3 separate presentations. The convention center is equipped with the state-of-the-art sound system using original JBL speakers and Yamaha digital mixers and amplifiers.[7]

The Boracay Convention Center consists of exhibit halls. The front hall is strategically designed to accommodate multi-level booths and heavy machinery. The main hall can be converted to a basketball court which complies with Philippine Basketball Association standards and a volleyball court and/or for badminton games as well. It has eight breakouts function rooms that are adaptable to any setup that an event may require. The meeting rooms are intended for board meetings, seminars, and even break-out rooms for plenaries in the function rooms.[7]

History[edit]

The Boracay Convention Center is part of the 79.21-hectare eco-village land in Boracay Island, which the Ayala group owned until June 2003.[6][8] In 2005 alone, Boracay Property Holdings Inc., has so far invested $6 million or about P336 million to put up the world-class hotel and facilities in the area.[5]

Philippine Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Cesar A. V. Purisima had endorsed the conversion of the eco-village project, into a Tourism Economic Zone (TEZ) to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who issued the presidential proclamation. The Trade department noted the rise in tourist bookings in beach resorts nationwide following the tsunami devastation in Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Maldives, India, and Sri Lanka.[5][6][8]

The Boracay Ecovillage Resort, which includes the Boracay Convention Center, is now a Philippine Tourism Economic Zone entitled to fiscal and nonfiscal incentives from the government.[6][9]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Boracay coastline beckons vacationers". Bangkok Post. 2004-02-19. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  2. ^ "Yahoo! Travel Listed Boracay as World's Most Popular Beach". Philippine Tourism News. 2008-01-19. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  3. ^ "Best Beaches 2007". Yahoo! Inc. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  4. ^ a b Schuck, Lorraine (2009-09-01). "Miss Earth 2009 Beauty Pageant Venue". Carousel Productions, Inc. Archived from the original on September 9, 2009. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  5. ^ a b c Domingo, Ronnel (2005-01-11). "Ecozone status for Boracay project pushed". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  6. ^ a b c d Salvosa II, Felipe F. (2005-01-11). "Purisima recommends Boracay property as an eco-tourism zone". BusinessWorld (Philippines). Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  7. ^ a b Ramos, Duane (2009-09-02). "Boracay Convention Center is the Venue of Miss Earth 2009". Woman of the Earth Online Magazine and Community for Miss Earth. Archived from the original on 2009-09-08. Retrieved 2009-09-10. 
  8. ^ a b Cahiles-Magkilat, Bernie (2005-01-11). "Boracay project recommended as tourism zone". Manila Bulletin. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 
  9. ^ Online, PEZA (2008-01-01). "Boracay Eco-Village Resort Tourism Economic Zone". Philippine Economic Zone Authority. Retrieved 2009-09-18. 

Coordinates: 10°19′35.03″N 123°56′9.25″E / 10.3263972°N 123.9359028°E / 10.3263972; 123.9359028