Philippines E-Newsletter - March Issue

It is the start of another exciting month for tourism promotions for the Philippines with no less than five high-profile events across Europe. The Philippines will also be heavily featured in advertorials in consumer and travel trade magazines in the UK and Ireland.

A thrilling first week sees the Philippines Department of Tourism (PDOT) London promoting the country's top attractions at the Destinations Show in Birmingham and the Dive Travel Show in Madrid. We will also be bidding to host the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Cebu in 2013 at Istanbul.

PDOT London will then engage British travel trade buyers at the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Exchange on 14 March and will round up tourism promotions at the London International Dive Show at the end of the month.

Finally, keep an eye out for massive Philippine features on Selling Long Haul magazine and Travel Bulletin this month. Both magazines each go out to more than 16,500 travel trade readers in the UK and Ireland. The magazines will contain a comprehensive review of the destination and keep agents up-to-date with the latest hotel, flight and tour operator news from the country enabling them to sell the Philippines more effectively.

In this issue:

  Major Programs
  Destination of the Month
  Featured Property of the Month
  Package of the Month

Major Programs


Destinations Holiday and Travel Show

PDOT London will be bringing the Philippines marketing campaign to the British midlands during the Destinations Show in Birmingham. The Philippines' initial participation at the one of the largest annual consumer shows in the country will seek to attract greater numbers from this affluent region who are passionate travellers, adventurers, holiday-makers and honeymooners. PDOT London will be promoting its potent campaigns, diving, adventure, birdwatching, cultural experiences, spa, luxury and leisure.

Look out for attractive holiday show offers to the Philippines from partners Audley Travel (Stand AP6), Chameleon Worldwide, Naturetrek (Stand A6) and Senses Holidays (Stand AF10).

Join us at Stand AP5 at the NEC Birmingham. To book tickets for the Show click here

Dive Travel Show

5-6 March, Casa De Campo Centro de Convenciones Madrid, Spain

The biggest names in diving catering to the Spanish market are set to promote their products and services at the forthcoming Dive Travel Show in Madrid. Currently on its third year, the show has grown in stature and popularity and will be staged over two days at the Casa de Campo Convention Centre.

Diving has always been one of the Philippines' strongest promotional campaigns especially in Spain. Again the only Southeast Asian destination at the event, the Philippines' participation expands to an impressive 20sqm booth this year ideally located for maximum exposure. PDOT London will be joined at the stand by its partners Sirangan Beach Resort in Sorsogon, Buceo Filipinas and Asia Holidays.

The Philippines' presence will be also be strengthened by other tour operators and resorts offering holiday packages to the country. Atlantis Dive Resorts, Sub Explor Viajes de Buceo, Abando Dive - Viajes Iberia, Solplan Buceo and Ultima Frontera will all have individual stands of their own.

* image by Atlantis Dive Resorts
For more info click here

PATA Exchange

The Philippines will be participating at the 2011 PATA Exchange for the first time this year to establish and renew vital partnerships with the UK travel trade. The forum provides a unique venue for sellers from the Asia Pacific Region to meet important local buyers in efficient 20-minute meeting sessions.

Interest for the country is clear as PDOT London's schedule is already fully booked two weeks before the event. Tour partners such as Audley, Chameleon Worldwide Travel, Complete India and Asia, Emerald Global, Holiday Treasures, Sunset Faraway Holidays and Silverbird have all arranged to meet up. Key discussion points will be new Philippine attractions, properties, experiences; as well as the prospect for joint projects and promotion campaigns. PDOT London will be also be seeking to develop new partnerships with mainstream operators in the industry specializing in leisure, student and MICE Travel. Prominent names who PDOT London will be meeting include: Crescent Associates, Expedia, Lotus Dial a Flight, New Horizons, Shell Seekers, Southern Cross Travel and STA Travel.

The day is free to attend for buyers and travel journalists. Register here click here

London International Dive Show

26-27 March, Excel London, UK

PDOT London is busy preparing for the dive promotions at the London International Dive Show (LIDS) later this month. Celebrating its 10th year anniversary, LIDS is an excellent venue for the booming UK dive population.

One of the most important destinations at these UK dive shows has always been the Philippines, with its 40 sqm front-row stand consistently attracting great crowd interest. Prominent dive operators at LIDS namely Scuba Travel, Ultimate Diving, Dive Worldwide and Worldwide Dive and Sail.

Expected to join PDOT London at the Philippines booth are Atmosphere Resort in Dumaguete, Marco Vincent Dive Resort in Puerto Galera, Sirangan Resort in Sorsogon, Atlantis Dive Resorts in Puerto Galera and Dumaguete and liveaboard specialists, Expedition Fleet.

* Image by Aaron Wong
For more info click here

Destination of the Month



Cebu lies in the heart of the Philippine archipelago and serves as the ideal gateway for tourists to more than 7,107 fascinating islands of the country.

A visit to Cebu presents a pleasant discovery of its rich history, multifaceted culture and captivating people. It provides a glimpse of the country’s glorious past, with a number of preserved historic relics standing until today.

Apart from its popular heritage sites, Cebu is endowed with a wealth of inviting natural attractions that engage visitors in various activities. It boasts of white sand beaches, pristine waters and rich marine life fit for diving and snorkeling, as well as verdant mountains, mysterious caves and challenging trails for mountain trekking, spelunking and other outdoor sports activities.

Cebu is also home to a vast array of products that are at par with the world’s best. But more than these, Cebu offers distinct warmth of the people that sets it apart from other tropical destinations.

Cebuanos, known for their hospitality, friendliness, industriousness, resilience and deep sense of patriotism, are gracious and friendly hosts. Come and experience life in Cebu, the Queen City of Southern Philippines!

View Cebu's promotional video here: click here

Featured Property of the Month


Alegre Beach Resort and Spa

Alegre Beach Resort & Spa is a Triple A, five-star property located in Sogod, Cebu. It is located some 75 kms. away (90 minutes by car) from Mactan Cebu International Airport.

Alegre Beach Resort & Spa has a total of 38 rooms -- a haven for those who want privacy, tranquility and being close to nature. Rooms are very spacious, with a veranda overlooking the gardens and the sea. The main restaurant is the Pavilion, which includes a bar with a fantastic view of the ocean. On the beach, there is “Cliff Seafood BBQ and Bar", of which a wide selection of drinks, snacks and full meals are served during the day; and a full BBQ with the freshest seafood are served nightly. Meals are served on widely spread out tables along the beach with candle light, accompanied by live music by a trio. This definitely is the perfect setting for a romantic evening.

The Aqua Sport department offers a whole range of activities like jet skiing, snorkeling, fishing, island hopping trips, banana boat rides and diving. Their fully-equipped dive station, with professional instructors, will introduce you to the underwater world.

Every afternoon, the resort arranges a sunset cruise on one of its boats. During which, dolphins and even whales can be seen on most days.

Alegre is indeed a beach resort not only known for its natural beauty, quiet luxury and clean waters; but also for its friendly, warm and well-trained staff ready to create a perfect honeymoon or vacation.
For more info click here

Package of the Month


Sharks and Reefs - Malapascua and Panglao Island

Operated by Sea Explorers, this itinerary offers divers the chance to see Thresher Sharks in Malapascua and the pristine reefs of Panglao Island, Bohol. A great mix of exhilarating diving and a relaxed tempo exploring some world class vibrant reefs teeming with marine life.

Guide Itinerary:

Day 1: Depart the UK for Cebu (via Singapore or Manila).
Days 2 - 8: Transfer to Malapascua. Road and boat transfer to Malapascua, 7 nights.
Days 9 - 15: Transfer to Pangalao. Road and boat transfer to Panglao Island, 7 nights.
Day 16: Transfer to Tagbilaran. Depart for UK.
Day 17: Arrive UK

The above itinerary is a guide only. Dive Worldwide tailor holidays to suit your requirements.

Return flights from the UK, daily breakfast, all local transfers.

Resorts - 14 nights.

12 days diving (24 dives), tanks and weights.

Inquire Now click here

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