Madrid Fusion Manila is pushing through this year after the initial move to shelve the event was met with backlash.
The popular gastronomy congress will be held from September 25 to 29, according to Department of Tourism (DOT) spokesman Frederick Alegre, as reported by BusinessMirror on Thursday.
“Marriott Hotel’s grand ballroom will be the venue,” Alegre said, adding that the event will be handled by a different organizer.
On Wednesday, Cesar Montano of DOT’s Tourism Promotions Board released a statement saying they might push through with Madrid Fusion Manila 2018 “in light of new developments.”
Days before the announcement, Montano told Philippine Daily Inquirer columnist Margaux Salcedo that the gastronomy congress is not happening this year because “the present administration did not really appreciate the project.”
The decision faced criticism, with many noting that the event helped put Philippine gastronomy in the global spotlight.
Originally slated for April this year, Madrid Fusion Manila is an event that showcases the shared history of the Philippines and Spain through talks and trade exhibitions, to name a few.