Up to 70% OFF on travel packages, flights, and accommodations
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Manila, Philippines — Itching to try new adventures again? Well, you’re in luck because the 2019 Philippine Travel Mart is happening from August 30 to September 1 at the SMX Convention Center MOA. This will be the perfect time to discover exciting places in the Philippines through various exhibits, tour packages, and more surprises this year.
We want to focus on promoting community-based tourism programs, Just like what we witnessed in Once Islas in Zamboanga City, PHILTOA's advocacy is to promote destinations that not only provide jobs to locals but also allow them to realize the importance of protecting their own environment while showcasing the beauty of their place.
The Philippine Travel Mart is known to be the longest-running and most interactive Travel Expo that focuses on Philippine Destinations for 30 years now.
The Travel Mart started as an exhibit initiative under the Department of Tourism during the time of DOT Secretary Mina Gabor. It has already built a reputation of trust among travelers for partnering with reputable agencies.
This 2019, the Philippine Travel Mart has no less than 250 exhibitors ranging from tours and travel agencies, hotels/resorts, theme parks, airlines, provincial and regional tourism offices to occupy the 4 halls of the venue.
But most of all, the tourism fair also goes high-tech, as this year’s theme of “Fostering Sustainable and Inclusive Tourism”, is supported by the use of high-definition electronic billboards as replacement of traditional tarpaulins. Now, you can scan the QR codes of exhibitors to find their locations as well as to conduct paperless transactions.
Sale Ng Bayan
Thanks to the Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA) — the organizer of the Philippine Travel Mart since 1989 — the exhibits and packages presented by the LGU and industry partners are well-curated to highlight different destinations in the country and in other Asian countries. This also includes products that keep sustainable tourism and community engagement in mind.
What more can we expect at the Sale Ng Bayan
- This year, expect up to 70% off on travel packages, accommodations, and airfare. Travelers can now fully enjoy a Palawan stay, with connectivity activations for El Nido, San Vicente, and Puerto Princesa.
- The roll-out of a tour for Tawi-Tawi and Zamboanga, as it will also promote Camiguin as a Sunrise to Sunset destination, with a plethora of full day of activities bringing closer to nature through the seaside and terrain attractions of the island.
- Tour packages available for SouthEast Asian countries with easy access to exotic locations such as Bali, Siem Reap, and Ho Chi Minh. Packages are likewise available for popular destinations in Japan, China, and Korea.
Zones To Visit at The Venue
The Yellow Zone will host MICE and Entertainment products, while the Blue Zone focuses on Beach, Cruise, and Marine Sports offerings. The Green Zone highlights exposures in Cultural and Farm Tourism, while the Pink Zone has Health and Wellness as well as Culinary packages that have become very popular with budding foodies through the years.
Experience Proudly Pinoy Culture
Aside from the festive exhibits, the Philippine Travel Mart 2019 is known to host various activities that promote Filipino culture and indigenous products from the different regions of the country. This year, there will be a school-based competition in Eco Chorale, Himig ng Kundiman, Patimpalak ng Kasuotang Pilipino, Cultural Dance, and the Philippine Tourism Quiz Bee Finals.
To show off the local apparel and handmade products, there will also be a fashion show to be staged in honor of the banig weavers of Basey, Samar and a dance presentation from the Leyte-based Kalipayan Dance Troupe which will have its first major performance at the PTM as it recovers from the effects of Typhoon Yolanda.
If you’ve enjoyed YouTuber’s Kulas of Becoming Filipino, then here’s more reason to visit the tourism fair, as he will be giving a talk on his experiences and what he loves most about traveling in the country. He will be joined by other advocates in sustainable and inclusive tourism from among the government sector at the PTM opening.