Zamboanga City – 2nd place in the 25th Philippine Travel Mart exhibit PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 12 September 2014 00:00

Congratulations to our city, Zamboanga City, for placing 2nd place in the best exhibit booth contest of the 25th Philippine Travel Mart, an annual tourism and travel fair of the different tourism destinations in the Philippines.

Held at the Pasay City’s SMX Convention Center in the Mall of Asia from September 5 to 7, Zamboanga City bested over other 26 local government units from all over the country. It had the majestic Merloquet Falls as the big background picture of the booth. This is one of the natural wonders of nature why tourists will visit our city.

Kudos to Zamboanga City Tourism Officer Sarita Hernandez and her staff for this third travel mart award! In 2012, Zamboanga City bagged 2nd place. Last year, it got the 3rd place. Full of energy and enthusiastic Zamboanga City Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar welcomed the awed trade visitors and guests. She even led some of the audience to dance with her on stage. She was the only top city executive who did this. An amazing woman, she is determined to build back a better Zamboanga City.

“People were amazed at the colorful and diverse cultures of our city as presented during the show promoting our city,” Zamboanga City Councilor and show’s emcee VP Elago shared. He said as a matter of fact, the Zamboanga booth is one of the most visited and photographed booths. He congratulates the City Tourism Office and the Jambangan Dance troupe for projecting how exciting and wonderful our city is.

Sponsored by the Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA), this event is our country’s biggest travel trade exhibition in the promotion and marketing Philippine tourism.  PHILTOA is the frontier and biggest association of tour operators and agencies that promote exclusively domestic and inbound tourism. This is a significant year as this is the event’s silver anniversary marking it the longest running travel trade exhibition in the country.

The Philippines is known as one of the Asian countries that offer the best destinations that present varied experiences and activities and tourists. This fact is further underscored as PHILTOA allowed in this year's Philippine Travel Mart the first ever Twinning Packages. Tourists can mix and match 1 local destination + 1 Asian tourist spot in one booking. Imagine the kind of holiday you'll experience when you spent a night in, say, Boracay, and another 2 days and 1 night in Seam Reap. This endeavor is also an effort to highlight our country's connectivity--a significant aspect in our nation's bid for the upcoming ASEAN Integration 2015.

Psalm 121:8 “The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.”

By: Dante Corteza