The World Trade Center Metro Manila (WTCMM) housed the International Media Center (IMC) of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Manila, Philippines on November 18 and 19, 2015 (APEC Philippines 2015). This was the second time that the Philippines hosted the APEC, having played host in 1996.
The APEC, consisting of 21 member-nations, is the premier economic forum in the Asia-Pacific for sustainable growth and prosperity. Notable attendees of APEC 2015 are US President Barack Obama, President Xi Jinping of China, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev of Russia, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia and President Benigno Simeon Aquino III of the host country.
The IMC served as the headquarters for foreign and local media groups who provided global coverage for APEC 2015. Among the prominent media groups who were stationed in the IMC were CNN (Philippines), BBC, Reuters, Australian Media, Al Jazeera, Hokkaido Shimbun Press, Nikkei Inc., Chinese Delegation Media, and those from Chile, Indonesia, Hong Kong, China, among others. The IMC was the venue for major press briefings and press conferences related to APEC 2015, which were broadcasted live to different parts of the world.
The halls of WTCMM were set up for, inter alia, offices of various media groups, small briefing rooms, a 1,000-person capacity main press working room for press conferences equipped with desktops and printers, stand-up booths, a master control room, lounges, massage center, clinic, IMC secretariat and equipped with world-class high-speed wifi internet allowing video streaming and broadcasting by over 3,000 international media practitioners housed at WTCMM