Philippines E-Newsletter - October 2010

This month, the Philippines Department of Tourism (PDOT) London firmly focuses its promotional efforts on the country's diving campaign with its participation at the Birmingham Dive Show.

The Philippines Dive Campaign has been one of the Office's strongest and sustained promotional activities. Way back in 2005, the destination was only found on specialist itineraries and only visited by the keenest dive enthusiasts. PDOT has since engaged on numerous relentless awareness projects to put the country in its rightful place as one of the best dive sites in the world. Initiatives include the launch of the popular dive brochure, entering into a 3-year partnership with the British Sub-Aqua Club and implementing numerous familiarization trips for the media and the travel trade among others.

Forward to 2010, almost all of the leading dive operators in the UK, Italy and Spain are currently featuring the numerous dive destinations of the Philippines in their holiday brochures with some even reporting that inquiries to the country occasionally lead their package offerings.

In this issue:

  Major Programs
  Destination of the Month
  Package of the Month

Major Programs

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Birmingham Dive Show

The upcoming Dive Show in Birmingham is the year-end milestone of PDOT London’s dive promotional campaign. The event will see the Philippines uphold its presence as the world’s premier underwater paradise.

This year marks PDOT London’s 6th consecutive participation at the DIVE Show with interest from the dive market being stronger than ever. More and more attendees to the show have already been to the country and are prepping to go back to explore more sites they have yet to experience or even return to their favoured dive haunts.

Expected to join PDOT London under the Philippines banner are Atlantis Dive Resorts, Asia Divers, Kasai Village and Sampaguita Resorts.

Join us at the Philippines in Stand Number 210 at the NEC Birmingham on 30-31 October!

Philippines Represents at the Taste of PATA


The Philippines was among the countries represented at the recently held Taste of PATA event in Borough Market on 29 September. The event featured a range of activities from various tourist boards catering to the highly eager travel trade.

The UK chapter of the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) recently held the travel trade event to showcase the region. The event provided a wonderful opportunity for the travel trade to get updated with the latest news and developments from the Philippines. They were briefed on the latest attractions and specific projects for special interest travel including diving, adventure sports, wellness and other activities.

Representatives from huge mainstream travel companies including TUI, Thomas Cook, Dial a Flight and STA all reported stark increases in inquiries on Philippine holidays and packages.

Destination of the Month

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Busuanga, Palawan

Busuanga's charms are found all along its rugged coastlines and surrounding islets. Some of the most beautiful islands and resorts are found just a few minutes offshore. The islands surrounding Busuanga offer some of the most diverse eco-systems in the country and are counted among the best diving areas in the Philippines.

The islands' claim to fame is the world-famous Coron Wrecks, which are mostly found in varying depths within Coron Bay. During World War II, the area served as a secure anchorage for the Japanese Fleet, but on 24 September 1944, a US Navy strike force of fighters and dive-bombers attacked the Japanese supply fleet of up to 24 ships. This resulted in one of the most condensed spectacular wreck dive sites in the world.

* Image by Beth Tierney

Package of the Month

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Sangat Island Dive Resort with Scuba Travel Tony Backhurst


If you want a secluded diving holiday in the Philippines that brings mind blowing wreck diving and sumptuous reef diving to your doorstep then look no further. The tiny island of Sangat lies on the north of Coron Bay in Palawan and is your gateway to a Philippines diving adventure like no other. Forget the Japanese fleet of Truk Lagoon! The aquamarine waters around Sangat are the resting place for World War 2 warships, sub chasers and supports vessels from the Japanese Imperial fleet. Like their sister ships, the wrecks are covered from bow to stern in corals and home to the myriad of fish that characterise Philippines diving. This is the creme de la creme of scuba diving holidays without a doubt!

There is no end of activities either at Sangat. Divers will instantly be drawn to the many varied wreck and reef dives. The famous Okikawa Maru and Irako Maru wrecks are a "must see" but do not over look the lavish coral gardens of Dynamite Point reef or speeding drift at Calumbuyan reef. The bio diversity is never ending and wreck or reef, diver or snorkeler, you can find grouper, tuna, lion fish and snapper. Sea snakes wiggle along the reef top. Follow the guide to see the miniscule macro life, brightly coloured nudibranchs, rare crustaceans and sea horses. Take a trip to the Barracuda lake to warm yourself on a dive in geothermal waters. Or spend a rest day touring the bay from the kayaks. At Sangat you can do as much... or as little... as you like. Book your dream diving holiday to the Philippines today and escape to another world.

Inclusions:
* 7 nights holiday
* 5 days diving
* Full-board
* International and domestic flights included
* Domestic transfers included

Tailor-made holiday option is available for those who wish to extend to a 14-day holiday for liveaboard, dive safari or island-hopping experience

* Image by Beth Tierney
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