The biggest diving expo to date has begun. Calling all diver enthusiasts, marine conservation advocates and the general public, come and visit the DIVE RESORT TRAVEL (DRT) Philippines Show currently being held at the Megatrade Hall of SM Megamall in Mandaluyong. This 3-day dive and marine fair, started yesterday and will end tomorrow. I personally encourage everyone to go see it!
Truly, a much awaited 3 day travel expo that will further help you learn about marine life, how to further protect the environment, learn a lot from photography seminars and much more!
This fair is intended to encourage and promote commitment to strengthen the country’s position as a premiere dive and business hub in Asia as well as sustain global awareness of the country as having the richest marine biodiversity in the world.
There are all sorts of activities in this fair that one would surely enjoy. There are a series of seminars and workshops conducted by International dive experts covering topics such as Underwater Photography, Free and Technical Diving, Marine Life Education and Conservation, Dive Safety Education, and Marine Biodiversity in the Philippines.
Among the VIP presenters include International experts like Wolfgang Dafert (Austria), Alex Stoyda (Russia), Jonathan Sanchez (Spain), Wilfried Dickes (Germany), Tim Ho, Anuar Abdullah and Patrick Ong (Malaysia), Alex Tyrell (UK), Steven Surina (France), Isabella Maffel (Italy), Mike Bartick, Howard Hall, Beth Barklage Watson and Michele Hall (USA), and Pamupong Norasethkamol (Thailand).
Adding their own contribution to the expo are the rich experiences of our country’s very own pros like Scott “Gutsy” Tuason, Ivan Manzanares, Bo Mancao, Dennis Corpuz, Penn de los Santos, Reginald Reys, A.G. Sano, and Dr. Amel “AA” Yaptinchay.
Another component of the fair is the dive exhibit which features the country’s top dive destinations, dive equipment, dive resorts and destinations, centers/shops, apparel as well as participating national tourism organizations (NTOs).
At the Dive Travel Exchange (DIVE-TRAVEX), invited foreign buyers will find ease linking with their local counterparts at the business-to-business (B2B) meetings.
About 100 buyers are expected from Korea, China, Taiwan, Hongkong, North America, the Middle East, Australia, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, Scandinavia, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, Russia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore,Turkey and Thailand.
In this expo, participants will have familiarization tours with are hosted by invited buyers, VIPs and International media in top areas such as Anilao, Puerto Galera, Bohol, Malapascua, Moalboal, Coron, Dumaguete, Siquijor and Southern Leyte.
Organized by the Hongkong-based LX Development Group Limited (LXDG), this second installment promises higher booth visitation, greater sales turnover of tour products and services, and higher awareness among locals and foreign guests.
Co-organizers are Department of Tourism (DOT), Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), local travel trade associations, and the sports and underwater associations of participating countries.
Supporting organizations include the World Underwater Federation, scuba diving schools (CMAS, NAUI, PADI and SSI), the Divers Alert Underwater Network (DAN), sellers of scuba diving equipment, accommodation facilities and airlines.
About 30 International media outfits will join local media in creating much buzz about the event.
The show last yeart attracted 4,569 international visitors from 36 countries over the three-day period with 59 local and International companies taking up 111 booths at the exhibition area. At the Dive Travex, there were 65 International buyers and 35 local sellers.
For more information of this 3-day program of activities and list of specific topics for the event, you may view the DRT website www.philippinesdiveexpo.com. One may also communicate directly with Ms. Wen Sorioso of the DOT-Market Development Group in Makati City at telephone numbers (632) 459-5200 to 30, local 520 or through e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.