PHL joins London’s World Travel Mart anew

MANILA — The Philippines will again be joining the prestigious World Travel Market (WTM) in ExCel, London, United Kingdom slated next week, the Department of Tourism (DOT) said Friday.

According to the Tourism Promotions Board (TBP), the marketing arm of the DOT, the event will take place on Nov. 7 to 9.

The Philippines’ pavilion will highlight the greatest offerings of the country – from the renowned hospitality of its people to its natural wonders and world-class facilities.

The event will also be a venue for business-to-business meetings to strengthen linkages with industry counterparts in Europe and other key travel and tourism markets of the world that catalyze new tourism business and tourist arrivals for the Philippines.

TPB said that among the activities lined up was a mini fashion show to celebrate the exemplary beauty and rich culture of an island group in the Philippines least known to foreign tourists – Mindanao.

The show will also look into the rich canvass of Mindanao culture, as featured on weaves, ethnic tribes and beautiful vistas with a fusion of music, video, dance and neo-ethnic fashions from the atelier of noted Filipino fashion designer Renee Salud,.

The Board, meanwhile, expressed confidence that the Philippines’ participation in WTM 2016 will help sustain the growth momentum of the country’s tourism industry.

It also vowed to continue to market the Philippines as an irresistible destination for both first time visitors and those who have already experienced our unique brand of hospitality.

The strong Philippine delegation for the WTM 2016 will be led by DOT Secretary Wanda Corazon Tulfo-Teo together with top tourism industry stakeholders in the Philippines namely Amorita Resort, Annset Holidays, Atmosphere Resorts & Spa, Baron Travel Corporation, Batanes Wakay Travel and Tours, Inc., Blue Horizons Travel and Tours, Inc.;

Crimson Hotels and Resorts, Discovery Shores Boracay, El Nido Resorts, Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa, Flyeast Philippines, Golden Phoenix Hotels, Henann Group of Resorts, Huma Island Resort & Spa, Intas Destination Management Inc., Janddy Tours, Inc., Luxus Pacific Travel & tours, Inc., Marsman Drysdale Travel Inc., Mithi Resort and Spa; and

Philippine Airlines, Plantation Bay Resort and Spa, Rajah Tours Philippines, Regent Travel Corporation, Shangri-la Hotels and Resorts Philippines, Sharp Travel Services, Sheridan Beach Resort and Spa, Shroff Travel, Southwest Tours Boracay, Inc., T.R.I.P.S Inc., The Lind Boracay, The Manila Hotel, TravelExperts, Inc., Travelite Travel and Tours Co. and Viva Ilocos Travel & Hospitality Services Inc.

WTM London 2016 is the leading global event for the travel industry players to meet industry professionals and conduct business deals. Azer Parrocha/