Philippines E-Newsletter - July 2009

Presenting the July issue of your Philippines E-Newsletter. This month finds DOT London still preparing for upcoming Philippine Travel Exchange (PHITEX) in September, the country's premiere business to business travel mart.

In other news, we invite you to join us for the 25th year celebration of the Philippines Barrio Fiesta in London, the biggest celebration of Filipinos in Europe.

Lastly, keep an eye out for the broadcast of the annual "Celebrate the Sea" Festival on Underwater Channel, a free broadband channel dedicated to the underwater world.

In this issue:

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

Major Programs

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PHITEX 09

Buyer registration is still ongoing for the 9th Philippine Travel Exchange (PHITEX). Preparations are primed for the premiere business to business oriented travel fair in the country on 2-4 September 2009 at the SMX Convention Centre.

PHITEX will showcase the very latest and best tourism products and services in the country to over 200 foreign buyers. Hundred are expected from Europe, plus about 40 agents from Russia, Scandinavia and Turkey, a new potential source market.

Further details are available at the above website or by calling the PHITEX ’09 Secretariat with telephone numbers (02) 525-7320 and 525-9318 local 269/258.

See you at the Philippines booth at Barrio Fiesta in London

25th Barrio Fiesta in London


We invite you to join us in the Philippines Barrio Fiesta, the biggest and most widely attended celebration of Filipinos in Europe with total weekend draws of over 80,000. Now on its 25th year, the festival is set to be the biggest ever.

Stalls offering a sumptuous selection of Philippine cusine and dry goods are sure to entice anyone wanting a taste of the islands. Guests can also look forward to real-estate opportunities and other services while enjoying wholesome entertainment from Philippine-based celebrities. Bring your family and friends to celebrate with us the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the Filipino people in the UK.

Date: 18-19 July 2009
Venue: Lampton Park, Hounslow, Middlesex TW3 4DN
Nearest Station: Hounslow Central Station
Event Opening Times: 09:00 - 18:30

Destination of the Month

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Caramoan Islands, Camarines Sur

Regarded as one of the Philippines’ hidden paradises, the islands located off Caramoan Peninsula benefit from being isolated from the rest of Camarines Sur in Bicol Province. As a result, its white beaches, ancient caves, breathtaking scuba diving spots and overwhelming land masses all remain s unexploited from commercial tourism.

The islands' unique topography provide an ideal stomping ground for any adventure-minded enthusiast. Enjoy kayaking or scuba diving from any of the six Caramoan Islands. Its diverse marine life will surely captivate all aqua lovers, from hardcore enthusiasts to beginners alike. Its clear waters are testament to its well-preserved atmosphere. Hop from any of the six island paradises : Lahuy, Cotivas, Guinahuan, Luksuhin, Malibagon and Masag. Each giving you a unique adventurous experience. Scale limestone cliffs and rocky land masses and conquer the elevation of the vicinity, where one can enjoy the majesty of the entire landscape.

Package of the Month

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Island Tour of the Philippines

15 Days All-inclusive


Start by taking in the sights of the capital city Manila, where our experienced guide will take your party to some of the essential sites and help you truly get under the skin of this diverse buzzing destination. See the Banaue Rice Terraces (UNESCO World Heritage site), visit Sagada and Bontoc to witness tribal traditions and relax in the beach paradise that is Palawan. Crystal blue water and white sand beaches offer fabulous snorkelling and diverse opportunities for everyone. We also include a visit to the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River which features spectacular limestone formations.
For more info click here

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"Celebrate the Sea" Festival Broadcast on the Underwater Channel

Nicholas Claxton, founder of the Underwater Channel, visited the Philippines last month to film the prestigious Celebrate the Sea Festival. The special program will highlight the event together with interviews with some of the key players behind the Festival including the Minister of Tourism and members of the PCSSD. The program will be broadcasted globally to over 153 countries and will be available 24/7 on the Broadband Channel.

“Celebrate the Sea” is the biggest and most prestigious event of the sea in the Asia Pacific region. First launched in 2002, it has evolved to be one of the most important international maritime events, with the worldwide participation of experts in marine conservation and bio-diversity. The 3-day festival comprises of seminars, trade shows/exhibits, film showing of the latest marine feature documentaries, a children’s painting competition, exhibition featuring international prints in competition, poster displays on marine environmental issues, etc.

One of this year's festival will focus on the conservation efforts of the all important coral triangle, believed to be the ancient heart of the ocean where all marine species have originated. Yearly expeditions off the basins of the Celebes Sea near Tubbataha Reef always yeilds new and rich discoveries. In a span of 10 days, the previous expedition discovered 1,600 specimens, most of it new species.

For more info click here

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