Philippines E-Newsletter - August 2010

The Philippines Department of Tourism London Field Office (PDOT London) is proud to present its 42nd consecutive monthly e-newsletter!!!

Begun in March 2007, the monthly e-newsletter is one of the longest-running achievements of the PDOT London office. This medium has served to effectively communicate the promotional messages of Philippine tourism, to an audience that has now ballooned to nearly 10,000 subscribers!

Yet, improvements can still be made and PDOT London is humbly committed to this task. We thank you all for your continuing patronage and support!

In this issue:

  Major Programs
  Destination of the Month
  Package of the Month
  Article of the Month

Major Programs


British International Birdwatching Fair 2010

The Philippines will be present in this year's edition of the British Birdwatching Fair (Birdfair), to be held in the Egleton Nature Reserve at Rutland Water, England on 20-22 August 2010. This event provides PDOT London an opportunity to aggressively promote the country's wildlife offerings to some 25,000 UK birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts in attendance.

Birdfair is the biggest gathering of birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts in the world. In Europe, birdwatching is a market niche peculiar to the United Kingdom, where estimates place the number at some 2 million leisure and hardcore individuals. Birdwatchers are keen to travel to a wide range of international destinations to observe and appreciate these winged wonders of creation. The Philippines, with 200 endemic species of birds like the majestic Philippine Eagle and the rare Cebu Flowerpecker, is highly regarded among birdwatching circles for its combination of rare exotic birds and various other tourism offerings and attractions.

Visit the Philippines' exhibit at Birdfair (Marquee 4 Stand Number 48-49) and receive copies of "Birdwatching in the Philippines" Volumes 1 and 2 Guidebooks, Birdwatching Maps and various packages from Bird tour operators.

Find out more on Birdwatching in the Philippines click here

Philippine Travel Exchange 2010

Fiesta Pavilion, Manila Hotel; 01-03 September 2010

The Philippine Travel Exchange (Phitex), scheduled on 01-03 September 2010 at the Fiesta Pavilion of the Manila Hotel in Rizal Park, is the country's premier business-to-business travel trade fair, providing a venue for foreign hosted buyers to meet and negotiate with local suppliers offering the latest and best travel products and services in the Philippines.

Now on its 7th year, Phitex is highly anticipated by members of both local and international tourism communities. The event allows foreign tour operators a glimpse of the what the country is all about as a holiday destination, while the local counterparts get a chance to showcase the finest that Philippine tourism has to offer.

As part of the post-Phitex experience, buyers are given the opportunity to visit some of the top attractions of the country, such as Cebu, Bohol, Davao, Boracay, Legazpi, Palawan and Northern Luzon. In some cases, the inspection visits will be thematized and tailor-made to suit special requirements, such as diving, golf and/or medical tourism.

Destination of the Month



Davao City is a modern metropolis bursting with life, verve and coulour. Consisting of a land area of 244,000 hectares, it counts among the largest cities in the world. Teeming with a vibrant populace, Davao City is a bustling hub for business, investment, commerce, education, arts, culture and tourism for the entire southern Philippines.

The city is the most culturally diverse urban center in the country, where differences in culture and tradition are nurtured and easily assimilated. Davao is home to various colourful minorities inlcuding the Bagobo, B'laan, Mandaya, Mansaka, Manobo and T'boli.

Davao is very close to the country's highest peak - Mt. Apo - and is a perfect staging point for nature adventure programs such as mountain-climbing, birdwatching and the like. Davao also boasts of a number of quality business hotels as well as resorts offering white-sandy beaches.

Package of the Month


Remote Philippines Tour by Bird Tour Asia

27th February - 20th March 2011

Join one of UK's most prominent bird tour operators for this once-in-a-lifetime experience of seeking out some of the rarest endemics not usually found on regular bird tours.

This program will allow birders a chance to visit the slopes of Mt. Apo, where a selection of rare Mindanao endemics such as the Whiskered Flowerpecker and Mindanao Lorikeet can be sighted. Other destinations to be included in the tour are Sablayan and Mount Halcon in Mindoro and Panay Island.

Photo: Whiskered Flowerpecker by Ivan Sarenas
For more info click here

Article of the Month


Tourism can help bring Filipinos to the Promised Land

We share with you an interesting article from William Esposo of the Philippine Star entitled "Tourism can help bring Filipinos to the Promised Land"

If the goodwill and popularity of President Noynoy Aquino’s (P-Noy) ascendancy can be properly utilized to promote Philippine Tourism, then the Filipino could well be on the way to the Promised Land. If the good governance which is expected of P-Noy materializes, then a lot of the disincentives hampering Philippine Tourism can be eliminated.

read more click here

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