September 19, 2019
Public Affairs and Advocacy
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INT’L DIVE EXPO TO SHOWCASE PHL DIVE SITES
The Philippines’ premier dive sites are set to take center stage as the Department of Tourism (DOT) hosts the the 1st “Philippine International Dive Expo” (PHIDEX slated on September 20-22 at the seaside complex of Conrad Manila luxury hotel.
The PHIDEX expects to draw renowned dive experts, scientists, marine conservationists, international dive buyers, influencers and underwater photographers and videographers to share their expertise, present innovative ideas, network with leading dive operators and lend their knowledge on sustainable diving practices with key stakeholders in the Philippines.
“We are staging the PHIDEX to solidify the Philippines’ position as a topnotch travel and business center in the global diving industry. At the same time, we envision PHIDEX as a platform to promote sustainable tourism among dive beginners, underwater enthusiasts and free divers,” said DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.
The 270-square-meter Philippine pavilion will feature the country’s foremost dive destinations including Anilao, Batangas; Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro; Coron and Tubbataha, Palawan; Malapascua and Moalboal in Cebu; Balicasag, Bohol, and Southern Leyte.
The DOT chief said the dive expo will highlight a dive conference to be conducted with at least 30 renowned local and international dive speakers and advocates invited to share their insights and expertise on new and creative approaches in the areas of sustainable diving, marine science and responsible underwater photography and videography through a series of interactive seminars and presentations.
Also slated are panel discussions with marine and ocean conservationists, the academe, government stakeholders and non-government organizations to tackle marine conservation and provide viable solutions to combat plastic pollution.
Sec. Puyat said at least 60 international dive buyers from DOT-identified markets signified their attendance, including United States of America, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Israel, Middle East, India, China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand are also slated to attend the three-day dive expo to conduct business meetings with Philippine dive stakeholders.
Sec. Puyat pointed out that a two-day business-to-business (B2B) meetings between the international dive travel trade and local dive operators will be held simultaneously with the dive conference to enable international dive buyers to directly establish business linkages with the country’s premier dive resorts and dive centers.
Aside from the main conference and business meetings, the three-day dive expo will also showcase trade and educational seminars and diving exhibits in the 1,500 square-meter ballroom of Conrad Manila.
Sec. Puyat said that the Philippine pavilion will accommodate 60 dive partner-sellers, and registration is still open for all DOT and Philippine Commission on Sports Scuba Diving (PCSSD)-accredited dive establishments from all over the country.