PHIDEX – The Official Dive Expo Of Diving Paradise Philippines

The Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT) is the host of the first (1st) Philippine International Dive Expo (PHIDEX)  held in the seaside complex of Conrad Hotel on September 20-22, 2019, from 10am to 7pm. PHIDEX continues to have the participation of dive travel and trade stakeholders, equipment manufacturers, and National Tourism Organizations (NTO). PHIDEX gathers distinguished VIPs, leaders, and influencers from across the globe such as renowned scientists, marine conservationists, and underwater photographers and videographers to meet, network, share stories, and exchange ideas.

PHIDEX is the go-to-hub for brands and people who are passionate for opportunities in the Philippines dive tourism. The public and trade visitors will also enjoy an exciting array of stage programmes by distinguished international speakers on topics that focuses on ocean-related conservation and economy.

For the first time, local and international speakers interacted with the live audience at a dive expo in the Philippines; Ahmed Gabr from Egypt, a Guinness World Record Holder In Scuba Diving 332.35M, Faisal Jawad Hashim from Kuwait, a Guinness World Record Holder for the fastest 10km Scuba Dive in 5 Hours & 24 minutes, David Strike from Australia, Lynn Funkhouser from USA, Prahlad Kakar from India, Cai Songda from China, Gina Li from China, Hidy Yu from Hong Kong, Valentine Thomas from Canada, Stan Gonia from Germany, Yolanda Yao from China, Stéphane Dugast from France and Aaron Wong from Singapore.

The local veteran speakers who showcased the pristine Philippine diving scene to the international audience in PHIDEX 2019 included Alex Santos, Bo Mancao, James Omac, Juan Naval, Noel Guevara, Odessa Bugarin, Ram Yoro, Roni Ben-Aharon, and many more.

PHIDEX Dive Travel Exchange (TRAVEX)

The PHIDEX Dive Travel Exchange (TRAVEX) program on September 21 and 22, 2019 facilitated Business-to-Business (B2B) Meetings for hosted international buyers to explore opportunities and partnerships with the Philippine dive tourism suppliers and 250 invited registered dive centres.

Find more information HERE.

Post-Event Familiarization Destination Tours

The Post-Event Familiarization Tours on September 23 to 27, 2019 brought interested buyers the best emerging destinations such as Anilao, Bohol, Camiguin, Coron, Dumaguete, Malapascua, Moalboal, Puerto Galera, Ticao, and Southern Leyte, where participants conducted accurate product research/updated on their preferred destinations.

Find more details HERE.

TRAVEX Program Registration

In regards to the PHIDEX Dive TRAVEX Program, the registration closed on August 29, 2019. All interested members were welcomed to kindly register online as a  Hosted Buyer through this link: http://www.bit.ly/PHIDEX2019BuyerReg.

Qualified buyers were sent a validation email from the PHIDEX Dive TRAVEX Committee to confirm their participation in the program.

Other information on the PHIDEX 2019 Programmes:

– PHIDEX 2019 Program of Activities HERE.

– Post-Event Familiarization Tour Destination Profiles and Tentative Itineraries HERE.

 

For further details, you may get in touch with Ms. Kat Patawaran at email: divephilippines@tourism.gov.ph or kpatawaran@tourism.gov.ph.