Tourism-related information on Regions 1, 2, 3 and Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) may now be accessed in one place when the Department of Tourism (DOT) holds its North Philippines (NorthPhil) Tourism and Travel Expo until November 11, Sunday at MarQuee Mall.
The expo features different indoor and outdoor exhibits and activities, popular, new and emerging tourism destination and attractions, provincial pavilions, corporate booths offering affordable and exciting package tours, trader booths selling arts and crafts, souvenirs and regional products and delicacies at farm gate prices.
“As North Philippines is approaching a milestone in tourism, we are expecting an increase to the region’s economy. For its third year, the expo will delight you for both travel trade promotion and consumer marketing designed for everyone,” DOT Regional Director Ronnie Tiotuico said .
He also explained that the expo could help bring in both foreign and domestic tourists and attract investments in the region, which contributed substantially to the country’s $2.5 billion in tourism receipts in 2010, or 11.37 percent, which is more than the $2.35 billion in 2009.
"In order to take you to places you’ve never visited in the said regions, we will be holding cultural presentations, crafts, culinary demonstrations, and food festival in the three-day event. Exhibitors came from different agri-tourism, eco-tourism, leisure properties, air alliances, spas, national and local government agencies, travel insurance, and wellness sector among others," Tiotuico added.
The expo has been drawing local and international attention to CAR, Central Luzon, Ilocos region, and Cagayan Valley, which contributes significantly to the country's total tourism volume, the director concluded. (CLJD/Joelyn G. Baluyut -PIA3)