PH in Tourism Spotlight Again as DOT Hosts Expo for World Divers in August – Manila Bulletin

The Philippines is once again in the tourism spotlight as at least 100 divers and journalists from various parts of the world are expected to attend the three-day Philippine International Diving Expo (PHIDEX).

Department of Tourism Undersecretary Woodrow C. Maquiling, Jr. said foreign participants will experience new dive sites in the country, apart from the popular Anilao dive sites in Batangas; Bohol; Camiguin, Coron in Palawan; Dumaguete in Negros Oriental; Puerto Galera; Malapascua, Moalboal, Southern Leyte and Ticao Island.

PHIDEX is the nation’s largest platform for the diving community and the expo will run from August 19-21. It aims to continue the narrative of conservation, community and convergence within the diving community through the theme “Back to the Blue: One with the Sea”.

“At least 100 local and international dive buyers and media from the Philippines, USA, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Korea, Japan, Thailand and Singapore are expected to attend the ‘exposure,” Maquiling said.

“The exhibition will also show the Philippines’ willingness to welcome dive tourists from all over the world, bringing together local and international dive industry experts, dive tour operators and partner dive companies to share ideas and their experiences,” he added.

PHIDEX is the only dive show in the world that combines in one event a Dive Travel Exchange (TRAVEX), a business-to-business (B2B) meeting program for

international dive operators, dive conferences and seminars, and familiarization tours to the most popular and emerging dive destinations in the Philippines.

Exhibition stands will feature resorts and dive centers in different destinations, as well as top-notch diving gear and equipment.

Maquiling expressed optimism that the activities will translate into good economic activities in the coming years, saying the Philippines remains a top diving destination.

He said they expected more divers to come as the country had closed its borders for the past two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The arrival of international travelers is a welcome development that will lead to the growth of the travel and tourism sector, the restoration of jobs and the generation of much needed income for tourism-related businesses and communities,” Maquiling said.

“The DOT hopes to encourage divers to practice sustainability every time they dive

preserve the country’s seas. Sustainable dive practices are a big part of why dive destinations across the country continue to operate despite the challenges posed by the

pandemic,” he added.

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