DOT holds successful first PHL int’l dive expo

Philippine International Dive Expo 2019

Manila, Philippines — Senate Committee on Tourism chair Senator Nancy Binay headlined the opening of the Philippine International Dive Expo (PHIDEX), the country’s first and only international dive expo, held last Sept. 20-22, at Conrad Manila, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.

DOT ASEC Verna Buensuceso, DOT USEC Bong Bengzon, Senator Nancy Binay, ?Hall of Fame Diver & Photographer Lynn Funkhouser, Michael Albaña of Conrad Hotel ?sever the eco-friendly recycled paper ribbons at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the ?first-ever Philippine International Dive Expo.

Reinforcing the Philippines’ esteemed position as a topnotch dive travel and dive business destination in the world, PHIDEX gathered dive travel and trade stakeholders, equipment manufacturers, as well as world-renowned dive experts, scientists, marine conservationists, underwater photographers and videographers to present innovative ideas, network with leading dive operators, and impart their knowledge and ideas about sustainable diving practices.

The first-ever Philippine International Dive Expo featured business-to-business talks ?and discussions between dive buyers, stakeholders, investors and more, one of the ?highlights of the three-day event that set it apart from other dive shows and events ?in the country. International buyers from DOT-identified markets include countries in ?Europe – Netherlands, France, Russia, Belgium, Italy and Denmark – the Middle East, the US ?, and Canada. They were joined by companies from Asia – Korea, Thailand, Indonesia, ?China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and Israel. These companies specialize in worldwide ?diving holidays, dive travel and accommodations, dive instruction, diving equipment sales, ?and resort operations; many of which promote the Philippines’ diving destinations.

Guinness World Record holding scuba divers Ahmed Gabr and Faisal Jawad Hashim Al-Rubaye was joined by more than 20 renowned international and local dive speakers and advocates to share their expertise on new and creative approaches in the areas of sustainable diving, marine science, and responsible underwater photography and videography in a series of interactive seminars and presentations.

Panel discussions with marine and ocean conservationists, the academe, government stakeholders and non-government organizations also tackled marine conservation and provide viable solutions to combat plastic pollution, including a screening of professional mermaid Odessa Bugarin’s plastic pollution music video Gunaw and mermaid instructor Yolanda Yao’s underwater movie Snake Sisters.

PHIDEX’ dialogue on Sustainable Marine Tourism ends on a high note, discussing ?a wide array of issues about our oceans that divers, environmentalists, and ?conservationists wish to address, especially in the Philippine context.

Over 40 international dive buyers from DOT-identified markets such as the United States of America, Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, Russia, Netherlands, the Middle East, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan, Italy, Israel, Indonesia, India, France, Denmark, China, Canada, and Belgium attended the three-day dive expo to conduct business meetings with Philippine dive stakeholders.

Cementing the country’s image as a must-experience, diverse dive destination in high-yielding dive markets around the world, the two-day business-to-business (B2B) meetings between the international dive travel trade and Philippine dive operators happened 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.

Inspirational talks on diving, photography, oceanic conservation and other topics led ?by ocean citizen John Thet, mermaid, and actress Yolanda Yao, ADEX marine conservation ?ambassador Hidy Yu, food sustainability expert and spearfisher Valentine Thomas, director ?and scriptwriter for GUNAW Odessa Bugarin, and Guinness World Record holder Ahmed Gabr.

PHIDEX also showcased trade and educational seminars and diving exhibits, including a 270-square-meter Philippine pavilion which featured 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.
For more information regarding PHIDEX, please visit the official event website –

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