As a management company of hotels and resorts, we at AHG value our membership with the ECCP. It is essential in the hospitality industry to grow our network and widen our reach outside our usual sphere of influence. With so many competitors all vying for a larger slice of the pie, we have to continuously grow our market share since this is key to our profitability. ECCP had networking events before the pandemic that helped us tap other audiences. Even now, they have provided ways to connect online and provide insightful webinars.
As a long time member of the ECCP when the COVID-19 lockdown began, it was challenging for us all to even think about how our membership would help us. Over the ensuing weeks, I began to rely on the regular updates about what was happening, trusting that the team had done their research. We used the data shared from the research team to assist us in making good business decisions and conversations with the teams in our company. Sharing the latest industry updates with our clients, in turn, helped them.
With the lockdown of Metro Manila in mid March, we at SAAB were faced with a situation where we had to close the office and key personnel had to leave Manila and the Philippines. With support from ECCP, I have now managed to address the situation with DTI and DFA. Hopefully I will receive a visa shortly that will allow me to return to Manila and support our local staff and customers in the Philippines despite that foreigners are not allowed to enter the country.
We have been a key member of the ECCP as we see a clear alignment of culture and goals. By taking part in some of its networking events, we were able to reach out to prospective clients and enhance working relationships with existing C-level customers in a relaxed way. The ECCP is a very friendly and active community. The trainings they provide are also relevant and useful to our business.
The ECCP has been instrumental in helping us cope with challenges during this pandemic, especially at the height of ECQ. Through its webinars, which were even offered for free to its members, it has provided us avenues to collaborate with each other, share our points of views and collective sentiments, and communicate and negotiate with relevant government stakeholders to find workable and mutually beneficial solutions for most of our pressing concerns. At a time when the world is suddenly hit by an unforeseen adversary, nothing beats collective efforts and the ECCP made this happen!
We are humbled and at the same time privileged to be an essential service during these times. Though the platform for networking, seminars, and meetings has changed, one thing that has continued is the ECCP’s community, of which we are proud to be a part. We are honored to be included in a collective of both international and national industry leaders who continue to learn from each other and work together to improve our economy, help boost the livelihood of our fellow countrymen, and create a more sustainable future for the Philippines.
Strong connectivity. This is the driving force of both FedEx Express and the ECCP. We share a common vision – to provide robust and unparalleled connections in and out of Europe. Even during these times, we truly appreciate the ECCP for staying committed and dedicated as advocates of resilience. We highly value our membership with the ECCP because it allows us to stay connected to the European business community as we seek to understand how we can continue to support our fellow members to navigate during these challenging times through optimizing their supply chains.
During these times, when there are dramatic and significant detrimental effects to the businesses and industries we belong to, belonging to an alliance that shares a common interest like the ECCP is beneficial. Representing diverse business sectors, knowledge sharing, insight exchanges and updates, being a channel for services and relevant offerings, advocacies, and stakeholder engagement, among other offerings, softens the impact of the crisis. In such a relatively short time of being an ECCP member, we have experienced and shared these mutual benefits.
We have always regarded the ECCP as an important partner. It is a consistent source of information on policies, business news, and potential alliances with other organizations. During the pandemic, our partnership with them grew from strength to strength, united by a common purpose: providing businesses with accurate and relevant information to help members make informed decisions. We will continue to collaborate with the ECCP in webinars about changing consumer attitudes & behavior, improving customer experience, and the socio-economic forces, sparking conversations with fellow members.
The ECCP not only provided a venue to expand our reach to the European community but also a platform to pursue collaboration with all types of businesses in the country. The ECCP consistently organized events and activities that supported the needs of our company. During the pandemic, the ECCP offered more proactive support by hosting valuable regular webinars and training programs. Their organization of the Aviation Committee is an exemplary initiative to push forward concerning issues to relevant stakeholders. The ECCP has always shown a strong passion in helping businesses grow and succeed.