REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES

DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM

Kagawaran ng Turismo

         

 

PST: October/21/2018 

Places and Events

 

Over 200 exhibitors offer more travel options at bargain prices for the 28th Philippine Travel Mart (PTM) at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City from 1-3 September.

Organized by the Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA) and co-presented by the Department of Tourism (DOT), the three-day travel fair with the theme "50 Shades of Fun at Visit ASEAN 50" occupies all four halls with a total floor area of 9,130 sqm.

"The theme '50 Shades of Fun' highlights the wide spectrum of attraction and activities that the Philippines has to offer. With the help of all tourism stakeholders, we have successfully diversified our tourism product offerings from the typical sun-sea-sand to ecotourism, cultural heritage tourism, food tourism, MICE, cruise, and more," said DOT Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo in her message during the opening ceremony read by Assistant Secretary Malou Japson.

Malou Japson

28th Philippine Travel Mart Ceremonial Ribbon cutting led by DOT Assistant Secretary Malou Japson (third from left), PHILTOA President Cesar Cruz (fourth from left), PHILTOA Officers and DOT Regional Directors

 

Malou Japson

DOT Assistant Secretary Malou Japson delivers the message of Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo commending the longest running travel trade exhibition in the country

PTM's Sale ng Bayan offers "book and buy" promotional holiday packages, one-time promotional deals on international and domestic airfares, accommodation and other tourism related services.

"More importantly, our continued partnership has enabled us to develop new tourism destinations, such as Batanes, Surigao del Sur, and Siquijor, which has become instrumental in spreading the economic and social benefits of tourism to the countryside," Teo added.

This year's PTM features Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) + 3 offerings with special air fares and vacation packages to any ASEAN destination + 3 namely China, Japan, and Korea.

"Allow me to also laud your initiative to twinning ASEAN destinations with your tour packages, in line with the 50th year anniversary of ASEAN, as this will allow us to grab a slice of the huge tourism market in the region," commended Teo who inked tourism agreements with ASEAN neighbors Thailand and Cambodia including China of the ASEAN + 3 Cooperation.

PHILTOA President Cesar Cruz said that they started offering ASEAN tours three years ago adding China, Japan, and Korea this year in support of the ASEAN cooperation with the three countries.

PTM also features cultural centerpieces with the Eco Chorale, Harana ng Kundiman, Patimpalak ng Kasuotang Pilipino, Cultural Dance Competition, and the Philippine Tourism Quiz Bee Finals.

 

Sec. Wanda Teo

PHILTOA with DOT officials officially opening the Philippine Travel Mart to the public

 

Sec. Wanda Teo

PHILTOA President Cesar Cruz supports the ASEAN + 3 integration with affordable tour packages to China, Japan, and Korea available at this year's PTM

 

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Cultural performances at the PTM opening

Sec. Wanda Teo

 

Sec. Wanda Teo

 


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