DTM show­cases PH un­der­wa­ter tourism

Manila Times - - Public Square -

TOURISM Sec­re­tary Berna Romu-

that in­ter­na­tional ex­po­sure will make the Philip­pines a glob­ally com­pet­i­tive div­ing des­ti­na­tion, ow­ing to the coun­try’s ma­rine bio­di­ver­sity, ac­knowl­edged by ex­perts as among the rich­est in the world.

“We have it all— from the rarest and small­est crit­ters to

reefs, and many oth­ers,” Ro­mu­loPuyat told vis­i­tors to the fourth edi­tion of Div­ing Resorts and Travel (DRT), held re­cently at SM Mega­mall, in Man­daluy­ong City.

The dive sites be­ing pro­moted in­clude Ani­lao, in Batan­gas, Puerto Galera ( Min­doro), Du­maguete ( Ne­gros Ori­en­tal), Bo­hol prov­ince, Mala­pas­cua and Moal­bal (both in Cebu), Siqui­jor Is­land, and South­ern Leyte.

Wel­com­ing hun­dreds of in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal div­ing en­thu­si­asts, Ro­mulo-Puyat said, “So, whether you’re look­ing for a re­lax­ing fun dive, hon­ing your pho­tog­ra­phy skills, do­ing tech­ni­cal or cave dives, or train­ing to free dive, we in­vite you to take on our dive sites.”

This year’s DRT at­tracted par­tic­i­pants from a num­ber of coun­tries, 45 lo­cal ex­hibitors and sell­ers, 58 in­ter­na­tional buy­ers, and 12 in­ter­na­tional me­dia or­ga­ni­za­tions. The event fea­tured the lat­est tech­nol­ogy in un­der­wa­ter pho­tog­ra­phy, snor­kel­ing and div­ing gears, and busi­ness- to- busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties for the sell­ers that, ac­cord­ing to or­ga­niz­ers, gen­er­ated 1,638 busi­ness leads.

“Through this ini­tia­tive, the de­part­ment aims to sus­tain the com­pet­i­tive­ness of our dive tourism prod­ucts through the con­tin­ued in­tro­duc­tion and de­vel­op­ment

of other seg­ments in our prod­uct port­fo­lio,” Ro­mulo-Puyat said, cit­ing free div­ing and tech­ni­cal div­ing, tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion the needs of es­tab­lished and new mar­kets.

Sec­re­tary Ro­mulo-Puyat makes a pitch for the coun­try’s dive sites

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