The 2022 Philippine Travel Exchange (PHITEX), touted because the nation’s greatest government-organized business-to-business (B2B) journey commerce occasion within the nation, kicks off as a hybrid occasion on the Marriott Grand Ballroom, Newport World Resorts, on October 19.
Spearheaded by the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Philippines, the advertising and promotions arm of the Department of Tourism (DOT), PHITEX goes hybrid with the theme “Embracing Responsible Tourism: Making better places to live in and better places to visit.”
During the opening ceremonies, TPB Chief Operating Officer Maria Margarita Montemayor Nograles highlighted the importance of sustainability within the resurgence of the tourism trade, “We must go beyond the money shot and think of ways to positively contribute to the betterment of the travel industry as a whole. Most of all, let us ensure that we not only come in as advocates of sustainable tourism; we must also embrace the regenerative tourism mindset which is to leave a destination better than it was before.”
Now on its 21st yr and third straight yr as a hybrid occasion, PHITEX welcomes 132 Philippine sellers and 119 international patrons onsite and on-line who will have interaction in a two-day hybrid Travel Exchange (TRAVEX) to strengthen the nation’s model by showcasing a wide selection of Philippine tourism packages whereas concurrently forging new enterprise connections.
Educational program highlights sustainability
This yr’s instalment commenced with a PHITEX Educational Program (PEP) Talk which featured an esteemed lineup of audio system from the journey and tourism trade who advocate for sustainable tourism practices, discussing a variety of matters to champion accountable tourism within the higher regular.
The PEP Talk started with a spherical desk dialogue on sluggish tourism as a quickest rising area of interest market participated by Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo; Nicky Gardner, Travel Writer of Hidden Europe Magazine; and Donalito Bales Jr., Founder of the Explore Next Level.
Moreover, Carlos Libosada of Pinoytourist.com introduced among the simplest methods by which key tourism stakeholders may handle Philippine tourism that meets the wants of the vacation spot and the group for higher vacation spot stewardship.
Completing the roster of distinguished audio system had been Arch. Felino Palafox Jr., Founder of the Palafox Associates, who shared his ideas on creating property residing in rural areas and empowering native communities via rural property improvement; Carlo Delantar of Core Capital who supplied an insightful speak on how the pandemic presents a chance to change the financial software program by shifting to a sustainable round economic system; Billie Dumaliang, Co-Founder and Managing Trustee of Masungi Georeserve Foundation, who tackled the idea of tourism social entrepreneurship and the way it can ship optimistic financial, social and environmental outcomes; and Sandra Carvao, Chief of Tourism Market Intelligence and Competitiveness of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), who elaborated on the importance of knowledge science for the tourism trade in forging a brand new means ahead.
PHITEX international patrons may also have the option to sustainably discover the Philippine locations via its hosted post-tours from October 21 to 25 within the regional vacation spot clusters of CALABARZON, Cebu & Bohol, Davao, Ilocos Norte, Negros Oriental & Siquijor, and Manila.
2022 PHITEX is made doable with the assist of Philippine Airlines as its official occasion companion. Whilst the Primer Group of Companies, Newport World Resorts/Holiday Inn Express Manila, Globe Business, Destileria Limtuaco & Co., Inc. and Hotel 101/DoubleDragon Corporation function official occasion sponsors.