'ROMANTIC  PHILIPPINES'  SETS  COUNTRY  AS  PREMIER  WEDDING  DESTINATION

MANILA, JUNE 25, 2009
(MALAYA) With more than 36,000 kilometers of unspoilt coastlines, breathtaking scenic landscapes, and a myriad of natural wonders, the Philippines is the perfect spot for weddings, honeymoon, and romantic hideaways.

This is how the Department of Tourism (DOT) is aggressively promoting the country in the upcoming International Travel Expo (ITE) in Hong Kong. The theme Romantic Philippines is set to captivate Asian couples, featuring unique getaways and exhilarating thrills.

"The country’s stunning landscapes truly make it a sought-after wedding destination. Couples would choose only the best for life’s most memorable events, and we are certain they would never run out of exciting discoveries in our many islands," Tourism Secretary Ace Durano said.

The country’s delegation, led by the DOT, will be joined by renowned and respected industry leaders Boracay Regency Beach Resort and Convention Center, Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort, The Manila Hotel, El Nido Resort, Boracay Grand Vista Resort and Spa, Eskaya Beach Resort and Spa, Le Soleil de Boracay, Hotel Seraph Boracay, Waterfront Hotels and Casino, and Plantation Bay Resort and Spa.

Trusted travel operators Shroff International Travel Care, Inc., Castro Travel Solutions Agency, Le Soleil de Boracay, Happy Sun Travel and Tours, and Planet Holiday, as well as leading carriers Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific Air, will also be represented.

The Philippine booth promises unique performances and exciting activities. Top local acts will render Kundiman, or Filipino love songs; and unique designs by leading designer Renee Salud will be showcased.

Now on its 23rd year, the ITE has chosen the country as a finalist for the "New Travel Route" competition, where finalist countries will be put to popular vote as the most preferred destinations for avid travelers. Joining the Philippines for the list of finalists are Switzerland, Greece, Peru, India, South Korea, Turkey, and Japan, among others.

The Hong Kong market has continued to pose encouraging number in terms of arrivals to the country, for the past three years. A total of 96,296 visitors in 2006; 111,948 in 2007; and 116,653 in 2008 reflect a significant 14 percent growth rate.

Looking on to brighter and more fruitful years for travel and tourism, especially noting the huge potential of our islands in enticing a growing number of travelers, the Philippines expects to sustain an upward trend for the Hong Kong market in the coming years.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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