For a stronger Philip­pine tourism

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Hun­dreds of in­ter­na­tional travel and tourism pro­fes­sion­als re­cently gath­ered at the Mar­riott Ho­tel Manila to take part in the coun­try’s most im­por­tant an­nual travel trade event — the Philip­pine Travel Ex­change ( PHITEX) 2016.

Pre­sented by the Tourism Pro­mo­tions Board ( TPB) and the Depart­ment of Tourism ( DOT), PHITEX serves as a venue for busi­ness- to- busi­ness ses­sions be­tween in­ter­na­tional buy­ers and lo­cal sell­ers. The event aims to broaden the chance of in­ter­ac­tion, as well as en­cour­age in- depth dis­cus­sions on tourism and trade op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Tourism Sec­re­tary Wanda Co­ra­zon Teo, to­gether with Tourism Un­der­sec­re­tary Ben­ito Beng­zon Jr., As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Ricky Ale­gre, TPB COO OIC Joselito Gre­go­rio, deputy COO for in­ter­na­tional pro­mo­tions Mari­con Bas­coEbron and PHITEX deputy sec­re­tary gen­eral Su­sana del

Mundo, wel­comed the in­ter­na­tional del­e­ga­tion to the event. Teo said, “PHITEX will only grow stronger and more com­pet­i­tive through the com­ing years with the con­tin­ual com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion of ev­ery­one — our part­ners, buy­ers, sell­ers and ex­change vis­i­tors. Your im­mea­sur­able sup­port only fu­els us to push and go fur­ther. I be­lieve that through our cu­mu­la­tive ef­fort, we cre­ate and be­come the greater na­tions.”

On top of the ses­sions, buy­ers, who got to ex­pe­ri­ence the coun­try’s world-fa­mous hos­pi­tal­ity, en­joyed Filipino del­i­ca­cies such as puto bum­bong and bib­ingka. The tal­ent of the Pi­noys was also high­lighted through the ex­cel­lent per­for­mances of the 36-year- old fes­ti­val dance com­pany Bu­ganda Dancers and Drum­beat­ers; multi- awarded bal­let dancers Candice and Carissa Adea, World Cham­pion vi­o­lin­ist Juleous and Asia’s Got Tal­ent Sea­son 1 fi­nal­ist, Ju­nior New Sys­tem.

Buy­ers also joined fun and ex­cit­ing tours that in­cluded in­spec­tion of ho­tels, en­ter­tain­ment and con­ven­tion venues and fa­cil­i­ties around the coun­try’s cap­i­tal and top tourist at­trac­tions and des­ti­na­tions such as In­tra­muros, Ta­gay­tay and Batan­gas, Vi­gan, Laoag, Palawan, Bi­col, Bo­hol, Cebu and Davao.

Now on its 15th year, PHITEX has gained pop­u­lar­ity and recog­ni­tion in the global tourism mar­ket. By mak­ing the event big­ger and bet­ter, TPB is giv­ing for­eign trav­el­ers more rea­sons to visit the Philip­pines again.

Asi­aven­ture Ser­vices op­er­a­tions man­ager Ar­lene Gianni with Depart­ment of Tourism di­rec­tor for the Amer­i­cas, Europe and Mid­dle East Verna Buen­suceso and di­rec­tor for tourism stan­dard and reg­u­la­tion Rica Bueno.

Tourism Un­der­sec­re­tary Ben­ito Beng­zon Jr. and As­sis­tant Sec­re­tary Ricky Ale­gre.

Ju­nior New Sys­tem. Guests are treated to per­for­mances by some of the coun­try’s mul­ti­awarded tal­ents like Bai­hana, Bu­ganda Dancers and Drum­beat­ers, Candice and Carissa Adea, Sin­daw Philip­pines Per­form­ing Arts Guild and Whiplash.

PHITEX deputy sec­re­tary gen­eral Su­sana del Mundo and Tourism Pro­mo­tions Board Deputy COO for in­ter­na­tional pro­mo­tions Mari­con Bas­coEbron.

Annabelle Daokaew, Paul Phorn­prathipdeva from Thai­land and Margie Log­a­rta.

(From left) Ya­suhiko Yokoyama, Ku­ni­aki Takaku, Hi­toshi Abe and Masaru Oka­hashi from Ja­pan.

Franzisk Drif­tus and Sab­rina Sei­bold from Ger­many with Shahjhan Sayed from In­dia.

(From left) Con­nie Chong from Malaysia, Svetlana Ga­furvo and Boris Kolokolov from Rus­sia and Yun Wang from China.

Hanh Cuong Tran, Tu Thi My Hanh and Dreu Thuy Vie from Viet­nam.

Mar­riott Ho­tel Manila’s Ce­cile Quidric and GM Bruce Win­ton with Marco Polo Or­ti­gas Manila’s Su­sanna Lopez.

Tourism Se c r e t a r y Wanda Co­ra­zon Teo.

Juleous.

Neha Mehra and Bhawana Gupta from In­dia.

Jo­hannes Haerl and Ger­hard Dress from Ger­many.

Di­a­mond Stars’ Kishore Jeth­mal and Handy Events’ Tony Handy.

Shroff Travel’s Ar­jun Shroff and Jpark Is­land Re­sort’s Ron­ald Roy Mar­quez.

Raniella Gue­varra.

The Pep­per Mill by PEP­PER TEEHANKEE

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