DAVAO CITY — Marco Polo Davao’s new general manager, Colin Healy, is aiming to strengthen the hotel’s position in the meeting, incentive, conference, exhibition (MICE) market by hosting more big events.

“We are more into MICE and we have great food, great facilities and we can let guests explore. We can host business events and we have enough experience,” Mr. Healy said in an interview last Friday.

Marco Polo, one of the first high-rise and high-end hotels in the city, has six function rooms, two ballrooms, and 245 rooms and suites.

“At the moment I need to know the team. There is always competition in town. I told the team not to worry about the competition because it is how we take care of our clients and that is how we will attract them,” said Mr. Healy, who started his career in the hotel industry as an executive chef.

Mr. Healy has previously worked across Europe and Asia with various international hotel chains, including Marriott International and Double Tree Resort by Hilton.

He said Marco Polo has built its reputation on showcasing the arts and culture of the city with warm Davaoeño hospitality for over 20 years, and hosting prestigious meetings and events.

The Easter season launch was also intended to raise funds for charity as part of the hotel’s corporate social responsibility program. — Maya M. Padillo