POC plans to promote tourism, business during OCA Assembly

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While the Philippines is not among the major players that will take center stage in hosting key events in the region in the coming years, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) General Assembly this weekend will be a golden opportunity to showcase the country’s glowing image as a tourist and investments destination.


Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Jose “Peping” Cojuangco Jr. said during the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum yesterday that VIPs from the 45-member OCA and high-ranking officials from the Association of National Olympic Committees are going to experience the country’s famous brand of hospitality.

“Oftentimes I hear delegates from other countries asking what it is like to invest in the Philippines,” said Cojuangco, noting that government officials will also be on hand this Friday and Saturday to meet with OCA officials, many of them successful businessmen in their respective countries.

Stressed Cojuangco: “Tourism and business investment-wise, this is a big opportunity for the Philippines.”

“Let us not limit this event to just sports. This is for the country. This is a chance to display the resiliency of the Filipino people that despite what happened we are able to host,” he said.

Joining Cojuangco were POC first vice-president Joey Romasanta and IOC director for NOC relations Vinod Kumar.

The OCA, headed by Sheikh Ahmed Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah of Kuwait, will have its 32nd General Assembly at the Philippine International Convention Center on Saturday following its executive committee meeting on Friday at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza.

Cojuangco said it was the Sheikh who pushed for Manila’s hosting of the event despite the postponement last year owing to the devastation wrought by super typhoon Haiyan.


On the agenda during the two-day conclave are the hosting of multi-sporting events beginning with the Asian Games this year in Incheon, Korea, as well as the Asian Indoor, Asian Beach Games and Asian Youth Olympics in the coming years.