Philippine Dive Sites Take Centerstage at the 1st International Dive Expo

1st Philippine International Dive Expo

The Philippines’ marine biodiversity and premier dive sites will take centerstage as the Department of Tourism (DOT) holds the country’s first and only international dive event dubbed “Philippine International Dive Expo” (PHIDEX), slated on Sept. 20-22, at Conrad Hotel, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.

Freediver Sardines photo by Jerome Kim

Solidifying the Philippines’ position in the world as a top-notch dive travel and business destination, PHIDEX will gather under one roof the world’s 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 about sustainable diving practices.

In the midde of Sardines by Jerome Kim

More than 30 renowned international and local dive speakers and advocates will share their insights and 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.

Tubbataha Reefs photo by Jerome Kim

Panel discussions with marine and ocean conservationists, the academe, government stakeholders and non-government organizations have also been set to tackle marine conservation and provide viable solutions to combat plastic pollution.

Tubbataha Whaleshark by Jerome Kim

An estimated 60 international dive buyers from DOT-identified markets such as 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.

Whaleshark and Diver photo by Jerome Kim

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 will happen 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.

Pescador Underwater photo by Jerome Kim

PHIDEX will also showcase trade and educational seminars and diving exhibits, including a 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.

Diver in Moalboal by Jerome Kim

The Philippine Pavilion will feature 50 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.

Sardines with a Lady Freediver photo by Jerome Kim
Tubbataha Barracudas photo by Jerome Kim
Divers swimming with a Whaleshark by Jerome Kim

For more information regarding the PHIDEX activities, interested parties may email the DOT Office of Product and Market Development at phdiveteam@gmail.com and may visit the official event website – www.divephilippines.com.ph/phidex.

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