Pan-Asian Regional Meeting, February 1999, info doc


Pan Asian Regional Meeting of the Convention on Wetlands
(Ramsar, Iran, 1971)
Manila, the Philippines, 22-24 February 1999


Programme for the meeting

Conference Venue

The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Manila located near the Rizal Park and the ruins of the historic walled city of Intramuros. Holiday Inn Manila is approximately 10.6 kms. away from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

Holiday Inn is a five star international hotel, equipped with facilities such as guest services, business conference and banquet, leisure facilities, dining and entertainment necessary for the conference. The contact address is:

Holiday Inn Manila
United Nations Avenue
Ermita, Manila, Philippines
Tel: (63-2) 526-1212
Fax: (63-2) 526-2552

Travel Agent

The organisers have engaged Rajah Tours Philippines as the agent for this meeting. The agent identified will make the necessary travel arrangements and hotel bookings. Ms. Loubelle M. Gili is in charge of matters related to your travel arrangements and hotel bookings. Ms. Gili can be contacted at telephone no. (63-2) 522-0541 to 48. Fax (63-2) 521-2831. E-mail

Official Language

The official languages are Filipino and English, with some 87 dialects spoken in the country. Filipino is the national language while English is the key medium for professional transactions.


The Philippines has a tropical climate with relatively abundant rainfall and gentle winds. There are three pronounced seasons, i.e., wet in the rainy season from June to October; the cool, dry season from November to February; and the hot, dry season from March to May.

The coolest month is January and warmest in May. Both temperature and humidity levels reach the maximum in April and May, but these are generally good months for aquasports and mountain trekking. Some of the most colorful festivals are held during these months. In February, rainfall averages 2.9 mm; temperature ranges from 21.2 – 31.2°C, relative humidity of 70% and cloud amount of 4 okta.


The unit of currency is the Peso (P). The following are the Banknotes: P5.00, P10.00, P20.00, P50.00, P100.00, P500.00, P1,000.00 while the coins are: P1.00 and 5, 10, 25, and 50 centavos.

As of January 15, 1999 the exchange rate is equivalent to PhP 38.20 to One (1) US dollar

Credit Card

International credit cards such as Visa, Diners Club, Bank Americard, Master Charge and American Express are accepted in major establishments.

The Central Bank of the Philippines supervises authorized foreign exchange dealers at the airport, hotels, major commercial establishments and all bank branches.

Business/Banking Hours

Government and private offices operate Mondays through Fridays from 8:00 in the morning to 5:00 in the afternoon with lunch break from 12:00 noon to 1:00 in the afternoon.

Some private offices are open during Saturdays from 9:00 in the morning to 12:00 noon.

Banks are open from Mondays through Fridays at 9:00 in the morning to 3:00 in the afternoon.

Most commercial establishments are open the whole week from 10:00 in the morning to 8:00 in the evening. Department stores are open from 10:00 in the morning to 9:00 in the evening daily except during holy days (Good Friday) and holidays (Christmas, New Year).


The electrical current is 220 volts, A.C., 60 cycles. However, most hotels in Metro Manila also have 110-volt outlets.

Package for self-sponsored participants

Net Rate per person 5 days and 4 nights

Single occupancy US $ 493.00
Twin-sharing US $ 373.00

The following are inclusions for the package:

Roundtrip airport transfers by seat-in-coach basis including meet and send-off assistance by the Airport Coordinator.

Accommodation for four (4) nights at Holiday Inn including prevailing taxes and services charge.

Fullboard meals from dinner on February 21 to breakfast on February 25

Morning and afternoon snacks during the convention i.e. February 22, 23 and 24


Self-sponsored participants are advised to coordinate directly with Ms. Gili for more details and queries. Deadline for confirmation of hotel bookings for self-sponsored participants will be on or before 13 February 1999, after which a cancellation fee will be levied.


All registered participants will be sent a letter of invitation to the meeting. Delegates must supply the Philippines consulate in their country with a copy of this invitation along with the visa application.

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