2020 NOVEMBER, MANILA – SMX Convention Center, the largest privately-owned meetings and conventions facility in the country since 2007, opens its 1st managed venue in the north, Olongapo City Convention Center. The 2,130 square meters of leasable space is located on the 4th level of the new SM City Olongapo Central in Olongapo City, a 1 hour and 15 minutes’ drive from Clark International Airport. It can hold a total of 2,400 guests on a regular setting and up to 1,900 guests with the new normal. Olongapo City Convention Center can accommodate any type of event set up from theatre, banquet to cocktail with 5 flexible Function Rooms, 7 Meeting Rooms, 6 Kitchens or preparation rooms, 1 car lift and 2 freight lifts and 1 passenger lift. Parking slots are available at the mall parking building. The new venue will provide its brand and quality of service to local professional event organizers, associations, corporate and government sectors and will address the demand for facilities that would cater to the meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (M.I.C.E) market.
“Olongapo City Convention Center will be the pillar of exciting events in the city and nearby. We can cater to a range of events – from small intimate gatherings, social events, meetings, incentives, and conventions to the biggest exhibition the city has to offer, said SMX Convention Center Vice President- General Manager, Agnes Pacis. We are looking forward to hosting events and sharing the SMX hospitality that we have built over the years to the city of Olongapo and to all the Olongapeños.”
Olongapo City Convention Center and the mall have put in place stringent preventive measures under the New Normal such as no face mask and face shield, no entry; temperature checks, foot baths and hand sanitizers at all entrances; frequent sanitation of high contact surfaces and physical distancing in all areas including restrooms, lifts and escalators. Guests’ and employees’ safety, security and wellbeing are its utmost priority and concern. Olongapo City Convention Center has also required its accredited caterers, contractors and event organizers to follow its strict regulations before entering the facility, #SMXsafespaces.
The other 6 SMX Convention Center properties are strategically located in key cities across the country – SMX Manila in Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City; SMX Aura on the 3rd and 4th levels of SM Aura Premiere in Taguig City; SMX Bacolod on the 3rd level of SM City Bacolod in Bacolod City; SMX Davao on the 3rd level of SM Lanang Premiere in Davao City; Sky Hall Seaside Cebu on the 3rd level of SM Seaside City Cebu in Cebu City and Megatrade Hall on the 5th level of SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City.
“Having more event venues in bustling cities like Olongapo, Clark, Laguna and Cebu will only reinforce our company’s commitment to having a presence in key Philippine gateway cities. With our continuous expansion, SMX Convention Center will continue to dominate the M.I.C.E. (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) segment and remain as the brand for eXciting events, eXtraordinary locations and eXceptional service.” said SM Hotels and Conventions Corporation Senior Vice – President for Operations, Walid Wafik.