Team Out of Town Blog Hub (Outoftownblog.com) – The Philippine delegation for the 2022 World Travel Market, led by Tourism Secretary Ma. Christina Garcia Frasco, was welcomed with high demand from international buyers with 211 reported business leads made from November 7-9 at ExCel London.
Led by the Department of Tourism (DOT) and its marketing and promotions arm, the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Philippines, the team was supported by 17 Philippine and UK-based private sector companies composed of tour operators, hotels, and resorts that conducted B2B (business-to-business) meetings with international buyers mainly from Europe and Asia during the 3-day total travel trade event.
“It’s an exciting time to travel to the Philippines given how we continuously open new circuits and more tourism developments spearheaded by the tourism department,” said TPB Chief Operating Officer Maria Margarita Montemayor Nograles. “We see increased interest in the country which comes at the wake of continuous awards and recognition for the country from reputable travel publications and organizations. We look forward to making our presence in the World Travel Market bigger and better with the support of our locorregional government partners, private stakeholders and industry associations.”
For this year, the Philippines was recognized as the Best Beach and Best Dive Destination at the 2022 World Travel Awards. In the same award giving ceremony, Intramuros won as Best Tourist Attraction in Asia. Conde Nast Traveler echoed the sentiment as it named Boracay as the Top Island in Asia and Palawan on the eight spot. At the Incentive Travel, Conventions and Meetings Asia (ITCMA) 2022 in Thailand, renowned international travel publication TTG awarded the Philippines as Destination of the Year for 2023.
Beyond the business meetings conducted, the country showcased a 3-day cultural performance at the venue’s Entertainment Boulevard and conducted a networking activity at “The Retreat,” a health and wellness area sponsored by TPB where visitors were treated to the traditional Philippine “hilot” massage. The Philippine booth, designed with sustainability in mind, also gave visitors a glimpse of the white sands of Boracay, sobresaliente festivals like MassKara, and some of the country’s culinary offerings.
The Philippine delegation entered WTM 2022 to communicate the Filipino brand across all markets, collaborate with international stakeholders, showcase the country’s quality destinations, and sustain a strong and distinguished presence in the total tourism industry.
About the Tourism Promotions Board Philippines
The Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Philippines is the marketing and promotions arm of the Department of Tourism, whose mandate is to promote the Philippines, domestically and internationally, as a leisure, MICE, and investment destination. The agency fulfills its mandate through organizing, participating, or supporting tourism consumer or trade events; expanding media partnerships and advertising; continuing content development and distribution programs; creating thematic and strategic consumer activations domestically and abroad; facilitating familiarization tours for buyers, location scouts, and diplomatic corps members; and engaging its TPB membership program.
About World Travel Market
WTM London, the leading total event for the travel industry, is the must-attend three-day exhibition for the worldwide travel and tourism industry. The show facilitates business connections for the total (leisure) travel community. Senior travel industry professionals, government ministers, and international media visit ExCeL London every November, generating travel industry contracts.
Next live event: 6-8 November 2023 at ExCel London.