|The 25th Philippine Travel Mart|
|The Negros Occidental Pavilion|
Now on its 25th year of staging (thus the logo “Its 25X More Fun in the Philippines”), this year’s staging was the biggest and most meaningful, with 245 exhibitors, truly worthy of this silver anniversary celebration.
|The Visit Davao Pavilion|
The PTM is organized by the non-stock, non-profit Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA), the biggest association of DOT-accredited tour operators and allied agencies (hotel, resorts, transportation companies, handicraft stores, and other tourism-oriented establishments) and associations that are actively involved and exclusively promote domestic and inbound tourism.
The PHILTOA, with its nationwide membership, has been at the forefront of domestic tourism promotion, partnering with the Department of Tourism (DOT) and its regional offices.
|The author at Oriental Mindoro Pavilion|
|Tourism Quiz Bee|
|The double decker jeepney|
Also on display is a sleek, airconditioned 40-seater double decker jeepney, designed by industrial engineer Mark Bautista and built by the Jeepney Company, Inc., with refrigerator, videoke, 2 televisions, microphones and speakers. It has 2 doors on both sides, 2 stairs to the second deck, is painted yellow and shows the Department of Tourism slogan "It's More Fun in the Philippines."
|The 2Go Pavilion|
In view of the forthcoming 2015 implementation of the ASEAN Integration, which aims to promote seamless and border-less traveling within the region and the adoption of the Mutual Recognition Agreement among the ASEAN nation members, the organizing committee of the 25th Philippine Travel Mart will, for the first time, now include ASEAN regional packages and Twin City packages (Philippines+1 ASEAN City).
|The Zamboanga Pavilion|
|The Philippine Airlines Pavilion|
|The Cebu Pacific Air Pavilion|
This year's PTM also racked up hundreds of must-grab travel deals on airfare and hotel stays. Airline companies such as Air Asia, Cebu Pacific Air (Php 1 fare to all domestic and ASEAN destinations, travel period from January 1 to March 2015) and Philippine Airlines, for instance, are slashing off their prices. Local (as low as PhP2,307) and international (US$55) tours, inclusive of accommodation, round trip air transfers, daily breakfast and travel insurance, were also offered by tour operators.
|The ALMASOR Pavilion|
|Sili-flavored ice cream|
Votes are made by visitors, who are given 1 sticker upon registration. They then place the stickers on a board designated for each pavilion.
The ALMASOR (Albay, Masbate, Sorsogon) Pavilion offered delicious, bite-size pinangat slivers on crackers; halved tasty Guinobatan longganisas; packets of crunchy pili nut candies; luscious pili-infused chocolate bites; and gallons of sili and ginger-based ice cream (where a circling queue of eager visitors waiting patiently to have a taste).
|The author trying out the bike zip at Chocolate Hills Adventure Park at the award winning Bohol Pavilion|