London, 9 November – The Philippine Embassy in London reported to the Department of Foreign Affairs that Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo inaugurated the Philippine Pavilion at the 2016 World Travel Market (WTM) at ExCeL London last 7 November.
DOT Secretary Wanda Corazon Teo, joined by Philippine Embassy’s Chargé d'Affaires Gilberto Asuque and a delegation of Filipino lawmakers, opens the Philippine Pavilion at ExCeL London.
Secretary Teo led a delegation that included Senator Maria Lourdes ‘Nancy’ Binay, chair of the Senate Committee on Tourism and Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez, chair of the House of Representatives Committee on Tourim, and other Filipino lawmakers who oversee government’s support for the Philippine tourism industry.
The Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT) office in London collaborated with 33 Philippine travel agencies, resort and hotel owners, tour operators who participated in the annual travel marketing event in London.
Prior to the opening of the WTM, the Philippine Embassy hosted a Kapihan sa Pasuguan last 6 November where Secretary Teo, Senator Binay and Congresswoman Torres-Gomez presented the government’s programs and initiatives to support the tourism industry as a powerful engine of economic growth for the country. The event was attended by other delegates from Congress, Embassy officials, representatives of the Filipino community and media organizations in the UK. The Philippine officials encouraged UK-based Filipinos to help in promoting Philippines as a tourist destination within their immediate spheres of influence.
Secretary Teo addresses Filipino community in London at the Kapihan sa Pasuguan
Secretary Teo said that the UK remains the biggest source of visitor arrivals for the Philippines in Europe which translates to 117,500 UK arrivals to the Philippine with year-to-date growth rate of 14.5% from Jan to Aug 2016.
The three-day event included the media address of Secretary Teo who was joined by the Philippine Embassy’s Chargé d'Affaires Gilberto Asuque. This media event launched the The Tubbataha: A National Treasure coffee table book published by Marissa Floirendo with photos by Maria Teresa "Tet" Lara. It also included presentations of PDOT's partner organizations such as the Philippine Airlines, Dive Worldwide, Expedia, and Beautiful Destinations.
Ambassador Evan Garcia receives a courtesy call from Senator Lourdes ‘Nancy’ Binay and Congresswoman Lucy Toress-Gomez prior to the opening of WTM.
The Philippine Pavilion at the WTM also featured a fashion show themed ‘Mindanao Tapestry’ highlighting the rich culture and vibrant colors of southern Philippines. Works of the Philippines’ top fashion designers such as Rene Salud were presented at the show.
The WTM is the leading global event for the travel industry that is held annually in London. It is usually attended by over 50,000 senior tourism industry professionals, government officials, and international media representatives. The event, now in its 37th year, generates more than Php150 billion of travel industry contracts annually. The Philippines has participated in this popular tourism exhibition for more than 20 years since its inception. Tourism Attaché Gerry Panga reported that the current delegation has the biggest number of participants from both the government and the private sector in recent years. END