General information for participants

CITES Asian regional meeting

Manila, Philippines, 19-21 July 2004


1. Venue

Dusit Hotel Nikko, Makati City, Metro Manila Philippines

2. Dates

19-21 July 2004

3. Accommodation

Dusit Hotel Nikko
Ayala Center
1223 Makati City, Philippines
Telephone: (63) (2) 867-3333
Domestic Toll Free: 1-800 –1010 - DUSIT
Facsimile: (63) (2) 867-3888
E-mail: dusitmnl [at]


Centrally located at the heart of Makati Central Business District, which makes it easily accessible to the shopping and commercial complex. The first de luxe Makati hotel from the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) approximately 25 to 40 minutes by car.

8 kilometers (5 miles) from the World Trade Center and the Philippine International Convention Center

Room rate: The special room rate for this meeting is USD 65.00 net for a deluxe room (single/twin); corner deluxe USD80.00 net; Executive Club USD100.00 net and Landmark Suites USD140.00 net.

Rates are inclusive of buffet breakfast.

Please fill the Booking Form and send it to:

Ms Evelyn Vargas
Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources
860 Quezon Avenue, Quezon City,
1103 Philippines
Telefax: +632-3725056
Email: el_vargas2000 [at]

4. Visas

Nationals from countries listed below are allowed to enter the Philippines without visa for a stay not exceeding twenty-one (21) days, provided they hold valid tickets for their return journey to port of origin or next port of destination. The Philippines Department of Foreign Affairs regulations require that passports are valid for a period of not less than six (6) months beyond the contemplated period of stay. However, Immigration Officers at ports of entry may exercise their discretion to admit holders of passports valid for at least sixty (60) days beyond the intended period of stay.

Nationals from the following countries are allowed to enter the Philippines without visa:

  • Bhutan
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Cambodia
  • Indonesia
  • Israel
  • Japan
  • Lao People’s Democratic Republic
  • Malaysia
  • Mongolia
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Qatar
  • Republic of Korea
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Vietnam

For nationals who are required a temporary visa in visiting the Philippines, they are advised to apply in the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consulate Office abroad.

All passengers departing from the Philippine international airports are required to pay an airport tax of Php 550.00 approximately USD 10.00

5. Transportation

Dusit Hotel Nikko offers a USD14.00 per car/way with a maximum of three (3) persons per vehicle. Advance flight information (arrival/departure) is requested from the participants for transfer from airport to hotel.

6. Currency exchange

Besides the Philippine peso (Php), US dollar is the most accepted currency in the Philippines. There are a number of banks near Dusit Hotel Nikko. Official exchange is approximately Php 56.00 to USD 1.

7. Climate

June to October is rainy season in the Philippines, with temperature ranging from 23 0C to 28 0C (73 to 82 0F). Light clothing is recommended.

In Manilar, it is now: Click for Manila, Philippines Forecast

8. Field trip

A field trip for the participants from the Asian countries to visit Birds International, Incorporated in Quezon City, Metro Manila, will be organized on 22 July 2004.