WOW Philippines E-Newsletter - March 2009

This month, the Philippines Department of Tourism (PDOT) London continues to implement crucial trade shows in Spain, Scandinavia and UK. There is still time to participate with us during these shows so contact us as soon as possible if you wish to join.

Following the Travel and Trade Shows, DOT will be busy planning numerous projects such as Familiarization (FAM) tours to the Philippines for the media, photographers, birdwatching groups and tour operators.

In this issue:

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

Major Programs

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Upcoming First Quarter Travel Trade and Consumer Shows

PDOT London continues to participate actively in many trade and consumer fairs in all the markets under its area of coverage.
PDOT London wishes to know if you would like to participate in any of the upcoming events. This is a chance for you to establish new contacts and develop profitable business relationships specifically in the Spain, Sweden and UK.

Here are the upcoming events where the Philippines campaign will again be aggressively promoted. We look forward to welcome you at these shows:

1. Salon dela Cornella de Llobregat (Llobregat, Spain; 13 - 15 March 09) Spain's biggest dive show in Spain returns to Fira de Cornella in March. DOT London will be promoting the best diving destination in Asia for the first time at the Fira de Cornella.

Miguel Mercadal of "Trotamundos" and "A Toda Costa" radio programs will be giving an hour long talk of their recent seven-day dive trip to Palawan, Bohol and Dumaguete.

Dive operators along with representatives from luxury dive resorts in Bohol, Sorsogon, Puerto Galera and Dumaguete will be on hand to showcase the diversity of the dive sites in the country.

2. TUR (Gothenburg, Sweden; 19 - 22 March 09) Scandinavia's biggest tourism trade fair continues to be a crucial venue where exhibitors forge essential business partnerships and generate on-the-spot bookings.

Fil Travel, Badian Island Spa and Resort, Tropics Travel and Tours and Kasai village will be at the Philippines booth promote their Philippine packages to the lucrative Scandinavian corporate market.

3. London International Dive Show (London, England; 28 - 29 Mar 09) The Philippines' will once again have maximum exposure during the eagerly anticipated dive show in London in the form of a richly decorated 50 sqm booth. The huge space will allow for a significant number of private sector participation this year.

In addition, numerous promotional activities are being planned for the show including a raffle competition for dive enthusiasts.

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Top UK Twitchers to visit Philippine Birding Sites

After the successful international launch of the Philippines’ Birdwatching campaign last November 2008 in London, the Department of Tourism (DOT) is hosting the first-ever Birdwatching Familiarization (FAM) tour to the islands this coming March 1 to 15, 2009, as part of its year-round strategy to put the country on the map as a serious birdwatching haven in the UK market.

Birdwatching is the latest tourism product launched by the Philippines and is expected to boost tourism by drawing new sets of tourists to visit the country.

Philippines Tourism Secretary Joseph “Ace” Durano and Undersecretary Eduardo Jarque, together with representatives from the thirteen birdwatching sites also visited the London Wetlands Centre in Barnes last year and met with key personalities from the UK birding community to promote the nation as a new birdwatching destination.

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Destination of the Month

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Zamboanga

While Spain's three-century reign left its indelible imprint on the country, nowhere was its legacy perhaps so concentrated and embedded than in Zamboanga, which took for its native tongue, Chabacano, the delightful mix of 60% Espana and 40% native words.

During the 13th and 14th centuries, it was already a trading centre with a vibrant culture of its own, emblazoned against the horizon in the vivid colors of the native vinta sails that fluttered gaily off its shores. And when the Castillan flag of Spain first appeared in the horizon off Caldera Bay (now Recodo) in 1593, Zamboanga opened another epoch in its colorful heritage, one that would leave a legacy so rooted that from it would spring much of the city's romance and allure.

The best record of the Spanish era in Zamboanga is Fort Pilar, the coastal fort built in 1635 around which the city first grew. In time, it became a shrine to Nuestra Senora del Pilar de Zaragoza, especially after miracles that are now part of legends and Zamboanga folklore.

It was in Zamboanga that Christianity gained a foothold in Mindanao. The Archdiocese of Zamboanga covered all of Mindanao, except Sulu where Islam and the Tausug culture proved every bit as dynamic as Spain's influence.

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Package of the Month

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Kayaking and Trekking in the Philippines by Bamboo Travel

The first part of your adventure takes you on a trek through small villages and breathtaking scenery in the mountainous region of Luzon. From here you fly to Palawan to discover unexplored islands on a kayaking safari, which is suitable for all levels. This is a fantastic opportunity to visit the Philippines' last frontier and interact with the outstanding bio-diversity including rare and unusual marine life, flora and flora and of course the local geology. On safari, your support team transports your overnight accommodation (a luxury tent) from place to place and you set up camp on the beach as you travel around the coastal waters. All tents offer electricity, fresh linen and towels daily. Hot water showers are available and all food is freshly cooked and prepared by a professional chef. A great way to explore in style and comfort!

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Wedding Expo Philippines

The Philippines' biggest, most comprehensive, and longest running wedding fair opens its doors once again to soon-to-weds, their families, and entourage in what is guaranteed to be another landmark event for the local wedding industry. Slated on 7-8 March 2009 at The PICC Forum, CCP Complex, WEDDING EXPO PHILIPPINES brings together more than 300 of the country's most illustrious and well respected names in weddings in a 5,000 sqm wedding wonderland for a two-day grand display of anything and everything related to walking down the aisle or saying "I Do" in style.

Widely known as the launch venue of choice by the country's top rated wedding suppliers, soon-to-weds can expect scores of new ideas, products, & services, and even companies to be introduced in the latest edition of WEDDING EXPO PHILIPPINES. Both veteran and pre-qualified newbie suppliers will compete for soon-to-weds attention with eye-catching exhibits, never-before-seen portfolios, and exciting promos and discounts. Major Sponsors Fernbrook and Fernwood Gardens, Nice Print Photo, and Goldenhills Jewelry will provide fabulous displays and big discounts for their guests and potential clients.

In what has become a major crowd drawer in WEDDING EXPO PHILIPPINES, a grand food tasting session in elegant themed settings and featuring the most delectable selections of wedding cuisine for soon-to-weds on the lookout for banquet suppliers will be presented by Center Table Catering, Josiah's Catering, & Juan Carlo The Caterer, event Minor Sponsors. This grand food tasting provides convenience to busy soon-to-weds by letting them experience the caterers' menu, banquet set-up, and overall service in an ambiance that approximates actual wedding day grandeur.

For further details and inquiries, pls. call Themes & Motifs at (632) 413.7892 / (632) 409.2555, visit its website or its Makati Shangri-la branch (hotel corner along Ayala Ave.)

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