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The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MATTA FAIR -

THE Philip­pine Depart­ment of Tourism ( PDOT) once again joins this year’s MATTA Fair or­gan­ised by Malaysian As­so­ci­a­tion of Tour and Travel Agents with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of travel trade part­ners.

To at­tract more tourists, Depart­ment of Tourism and Tourism Pro­mo­tions Board is tap­ping per­son­al­i­ties from a wide range of sec­tors to pro­mote the Philip­pines and to speak about the won­der­ful des­ti­na­tions in the coun­try.

Filipinos abroad were called to help pro­mote the “Visit the Philip­pines Again” cam­paign of the Depart­ment of Tourism for 2016, invit­ing and wel­com­ing Malaysians to visit Philip­pines Again this year to ex­plore the new de­vel­op­ments of the coun­try.

New de­vel­op­ments in the coun­try in the last five years have opened new op­por­tu­ni­ties for the coun­try’s travel trade sec­tor.

The cul­tural sem­blances be­tween Malaysia and the Philip­pines and their prox­im­ity make the Philip­pines an ex­cel­lent leisure or busi­ness trip op­tion for Malaysians.

Also low cost car­ri­ers op­er­ate short- haul des­ti­na­tions di­rectly to the coun­try’s top tourist des­ti­na­tions such as Bo­ra­cay and Cebu.

Hos­pi­tal­ity, Life­style + En­ter­tain­ment, Sea, Sun and Sand are the hotspots of the Philip­pines.

This MATTA Fair, Philip­pine Tourism will con­tinue to pro­mote Bo­ra­cay as the “Favourite Beach Desti­na­tion” to the Malaysian mar­ket.

Travel and Leisure Mag­a­zine recog­nised it as the World’s Best Is­land in 2012.

Pow­der- fine sand, crys­tal blue wa­ters and mag­nif­i­cent sun­set are its draw.

But it’s an up­beat spirit that keeps peo­ple com­ing back for more.

This is­land is a cheer­ful and friendly place.

Sea, sun and sand dur­ing day­time, life­style, en­ter­tain­ment and shop­ping at night.

Three days, two nights ground ar­range­ment to Bo­ra­cay at just RM368 plus free Pocket Wi- Fi where you can share your beau­ti­ful pic­tures through so­cial me­dia im­me­di­ately.

An­other at­trac­tion is the “Bu­tand­ing En­coun­ters” – or en­coun­ters with the whale shark ( bu­tand­ing).

Con­sid­ered the largest fish in the world at more than 50 feet long, they are called the gen­tle gi­ant of the seas as they feed on fish and plank­ton; leav­ing you to swim, snorkel or dive in safety.

You can find whale shark in Os­lob, Cebu and Du­maguete, Ne­gros Ori­en­tal.

For four days, three nights, swim with the whale sharks at RM1,288.

To re­deem an ex­clu­sive sou­venir ( fold­able mat and bag, or an A5 memo drink­ing bot­tle) from Philip­pine Tourism, pur­chase a Philip­pine Tour Pack­age dur­ing MATTA Fair from March 11 to 13.

* Ac­tiv­i­ties at Philip­pine Pav­il­ion

Philip­pine Tourism will be hav­ing in- booth ac­tiv­i­ties such as:

> Filipino Live Band per­form­ing mix­tures of English, Chi­nese, Ta­ga­log and Malay songs.

> Bring­ing in the fa­mous Fresh Lumpia Maker from Ba­colod, Philip­pines, to demon­strate and make the fresh lumpia and other Filipino desserts and snacks.

> Fun games per­formed by Cebu Pa­cific Air. > Photo booths with Philip­pines props. Vis­i­tors are urged to visit the booths and join in the ac­tiv­i­ties for free food, mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment, and to par­tic­i­pate in the fun games to win prizes.

* Pro­mo­tions

> 3D/ 2N Bo­ra­cay Free and Easy, from RM368

> 3D/ 2N Manila Free and Easy, from RM388

> 4D/ 3N Palawan + Un­der­ground Rivern, from RM838

> 4D/ 3N Cebu + Swim with the Whale Shark, from RM1,288

Visit the Philip­pines Tourism Board at PWTC, Hall 3, Booth No. 3149 to 3158, call 03- 5638 7288, e- mail to pdotkul. info@ gmail. com or log on to www. itsmore­funinthep­hilip­pines. com. PLAN­NING an ex­cit­ing hol­i­day with your fam­ily and friends? Look no fur­ther and leave it to the trusted one- stop cen­tre travel ad­viser to make it an un­for­get­table trip. With more than 10 years of ex­pe­ri­ence in the in­dus­try, POTO Travel is a renowned bu­mipu­tra travel agent in Malaysia that pro­vides value- for- money group pack­ages world­wide, qual­ity Um­rah Pack­ages, Build Your Own Pack­age, Meet­ing, In­cen­tive, Con­ven­tions & Ex­hi­bi­tions ( MICE) for cor­po­rates, world­wide flight tick­ets, cruises and char­tered flight book­ings, car rental, world­wide ho­tel book­ing and many more travel- re­lated ser­vices.

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