Ambassador Sta. Romana invites Chinese tour operators and travel agents to explore

further opportunities the Philippines during the PH Product Presentation

and Business Matching Event on 19 April 2018 in Beijing (Photo by CRI).


Beijing – “When one door closes, another opens," Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago L. Sta. Romana said as he invited Chinese travel agents to explore other destinations in the Philippines to offset the scheduled temporary closure of Boracay, during the Philippine Product Presentation and Business Matching (B2B) Event held on 19 April 2018 at the Hilton Hotel in Beijing.

He said, “the temporary closure of Boracay will an impact on our economy… This closure, nonetheless, provides opportunities for the island's rehabilitation and improvement as a destination.”

Ambassador Sta. Romana further emphasized that the temporary closure of Boracay will also be an opportunity for the Philippines to promote other destinations, such as Palawan, Siargao, Cebu, Bohol, Ilocos, Bicol and Davao, and other tourism resources such as cruises and facilities for meetings, conventions and exhibitions (MICE).

Noting that China is the Philippines’ second largest source of international visitors, after the Republic of Korea, Ambassador Sta. Romana said that with the valuable support from the Chinese tour operators and agents, the Philippines may be able to attain its target of 1.5 to 2 million visitor arrivals from China.


Tourism Attaché Umali presented PH tourist destinations during

 the Philippine Product Presentation and Business Matching (B2B) Event

held on 19 April 2018 in Beijing (Photo by CRI).


Tourism Attaché Tomasito Umali of the Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT) in Beijing presented videos of other tourist destinations in the Philippines such as the Ilocos Region, Batangas, Bicol, Bohol, Cebu, Dumaguete, Davao and Siargao, and major events that were recently hosted by the Philippines, such as the APEC Summit, the ASEAN Summit and Ms. World Competition.


B2B Meeting between PH tourism service suppliers and Chinese tour

agents and operators during the Philippine Product Presentation and

Business Matching held on 19 April 2018. (Photos by CRI)


Officer-in-Charge James Sy of the Tourism Promotions Board (TBP) led a delegation of sixteen (16) tourism service suppliers from the Philippines, including airlines, hotels, resorts and tour agents in Philippine participation during the 3-day China Outbound Tourism and Travel Market 2018 (COTTM) held on 16-18 April 2018 at the National Agricultural Exhibition Center in Beijing as well as the PDOT-Beijing’s Tourism Product Presentation.

A business matching (B2B) activity ensued after the presentation, where Philippine tourism service suppliers met with over 110 Chinese tour agents and operators. END.







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