Philippines E-Newsletter - June 2009

The Department of Tourism Field Office in London continuously implements promotional activities and sales programs to project the Philippines as a must-see destination for international travellers.

Check out below the details of our ongoing sales and promotions efforts and see how you can take advantage and at the same time contribute to greater tourism growth to the country!

In this issue:

  Major Programs
  Destination of the Month
  Package of the Month
  DOT News

Major Programs


WOW Philippines UK Website Revamp

PDOT is thrilled to report that its WOW Philippines UK Website has undergone a major facelift and now features the hottest offers and holiday packages to the country on its front page.

The website has proven to be an instant hit with online users, providing them with quicker access to the most competitively priced packages from the leading tour operators in the market today. Arrivals to the site are at an all-time high since its launch back in 2007.

PDOT's online capability is also amplified by a highly successful Search Engine Optimization (SEO) strategy. Positions in search engines Google, Yahoo and MSN, have gone from strength to strength with a total of 31 top 10 positions from vital keywords in fields such as "holidays to Asia" and "diving".

Search for your next holiday NOW!!!

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National Advertising Campaign

The travel profile of the Philippines has been given a sharp boost in May with a series of prominent adverts in some of the most prestigious national newspapers in the UK.

The impressive adverts were launched by DOT London in the travel sections of such broadsheets as the London Metro, the Sunday Times and the Daily Telegraph. The message focused on recently-formulated and competitively-priced all-inclusive holiday packages to the Philippines' 7,107 islands - for only £710.70!

Market response has been amazingly positive with scores of inquires translating into actual bookings. The attractive price even led to a good number of interested travellers wanting longer and more luxurious holiday packages to the country.
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Philippines Travel Advisory

Through the constant networking efforts of the Philippine Embassy and PDOT London with the the Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO), the travel advisory to the Philippines - and particularly to the island of Mindanao - has been revised and given a more optimistic tone.

The travel advisory, which previously banned British citizens from travelling to any and all parts of the vast island, now no longer advises against travel to the eastern part of the Mindanao region. While the FCO continues to warn against travel to the southwest and the Sulu archipelago, the review and update of the advisory is a significant step forward in portraying the image of southern Philippines in a more positive light.

With this development, more UK travellers can enjoy the adventure and cultural attractions of Mindanao, such as birdwatching (jump-off from Cagayan de Oro), surfing in Siargao island (jump-off from Surigao), mountain climbing (Mt. Apo from Davao City) and interaction with T'boli and other ethnic tribes (Lake Sebu), among others.

Recently Concluded FAM Trips

DOT London continues to implement different familiariztion (FAM) trips from its source markets across Europe. Recently concluded media FAM trips from the United Kingdom and Spain include:

1. Mark Stratton, a free-lance photojournalist for Wanderlust who explored the Pan-Philippine highway and the attractions and festivals along the route;
2. 14 high-profile Spanish media representatives who covered Manila, Cebu, Bohol and Davao; and
3. Daniel Royo Lopez, a freelance photographer invited to take touristic images of the country. Mr. Royo will contribute his photographs to the DOT/PCVC for complimentary tourism promotional purposes.

DOT London is busily organizing in the visits of more photojournalists and film crews to the Philippines, among which are Teresa Ricart, Spanish free-lance adventure reporter, the Underwater Channel and the UK production teams of "By Any Means" (starring Charley Boorman) and "Last Woman Standing".

Destination of the Month


Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte, Mindanao

Siargao, a tear-drop shaped island facing the vast Pacific Ocean, is widely regarded as the "Surfing Capital of the Philippines" and draws massive waves of domestic and international surfers. It can be reached by a two-hour fastcraft service from Surigao City, or directly to the island via SeaAir or Asian Spirit flights. Other ferries are available from Cebu or other points in Mindanao.

The island's unique appeal is due to its outstanding location in between the eastern Philippine seaboard and the western Pacific Ocean. Land and sea clash in this remote part of the Philippines to create incredible surfing waves, the most notable being "Cloud 9" with its thick hollow tubes. Siargao is home to the Philippines' Surfing Cup, which takes place in September every year.

Siargao is also home to the largest mangrove forest reserves in Mindanao and boasts of wetlands populated by vast colonies of migratory birds. Its coastline is dotted by a succession of coral reefs and long stretches of white, sandy beaches. Siargao is also the jump-off point to the Philippine Deep, which was recently featured by Robson Green for deep-sea fishing.

Package of the Month


7,107 Islands Holiday Package

6 nights all-inclusive for £710.70

PDOT together with leading specialist tour operators, last month initiated the alluring £710.70 holiday package movement depicting the 7,107 islands of the Philippines. Holidaymakers now have the opportunity to select between a couple of 6-night holiday packages to Manila, Boracay, Cebu or Puerto Galera depending on the chosen tour operator.

Packages are incentive-loaded with perks ranging from free city tours to free spa treatments in the destination. These are all-inclusive including: return international airfare (London-Manila-London), required domestic transfers between the hotel/resort and airports, all accommodation in the country and breakfast with some meals as standard.
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DOT News


9th Philippine Travel Exchange 2009

The Philippines Department of Tourism is pleased to announce the staging of the 9th Philippine Travel Exchange (PHITEX), which will be held at the SMX Convention Centre in Manila on 02-04 September 2009.

PHITEX is the premiere business to business oriented travel fair in the Philippines showcasing the very latest and best tourism products and services in the country. The event provides a unique venue for buyers from all over the world to meet with Philippine sellers, and be introduced to a whole range of leisure and adventure activities, including resort holiday breaks, diving, glamping (camping luxury-style), birdwatching, spa and wellness, trekking and golf. It takes place over a period of two days and is followed by specially-designed post tour programmes and site inspection visits to some of the country’s top tourist destinations.

PHITEX is open to all tourism industry stakeholders interested in featuring the Philippines in packages and tours. Participation provides an excellent opportunity for you to expand your destination portfolio and learn more about the Philippines while developing business contacts and creating profitable opportunities for the future.

If you wish to be considered as a hosted byer for Phitex. please immediately email us at . We will include your name in a short list of potential hosted buyers from the UK, and henceforth keep you updated on developments. An on-line application will have to be filled, and final approval will be made by the organizing committee in Manila.

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