Friday, 9 February 2018

25th Travel Tour Expo (Pasay City, Metro Manila)

It's More Fun in the Philippines 

The Travel Tour Expo (TTE), touted as the biggest annual travel and tourism event in the country, was held last February 9-11 at the SMX Convention Center.  This one-stop-shop for the travel needs of tourists and jet setters was held by the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTTA).  The expo will also showcase forums highlighting topics on travel and tourism. Their exhibitors list of 995 booths is composed of every travel-related entity one can think of. 

Singapore booth
Trafalgar booth
They include airline companies; travel agencies and tour operators; hotels and resorts; theme parks; local government units; cruise liners; insurance companies; tourist organizations; regional tourism offices; national tourism organizations from overseas; embassies; government agencies; food concessionaires; merchandisers and other travel related entities. 

Bluewater Resorts booth

Princess Cruises
Turkish Airlines
Since 1993, the PTTA has been bringing together stakeholders under one roof.  During the period 2011-2017, the number of exhibitors has grown by 30%. Now on its silver anniversary, there was a 21% jump in the number of exhibitors this year compared with 2017. The TTE will occupy the entire SMX Convention Center (Halls 1-4, Function Rooms 1-5, Meeting Rooms 2-10) and cover more than 16,000 sq. m. of floor space. 

Japan booth

South Africa booth
Guam booth
The PTTA prepared cultural presentations as well as fashion shows featuring Filipino tapestry and the creations of designer Rene Salud.  This year’s TTE, supported by the Department of Tourism, Tourism Promotions Board, Philippine Airlines, Mabuhay Miles, and Citibank, was joined by 335 companies including 29 airlines, 6 ship/cruise liners, 125 hotels and resorts, 83 travel agencies/tour operators (the highest in the history of the expo) and 7 theme parks.

SkyJet Airlines booth

Henann Resorts booth
2Go booth
In addition, Travel Tour Expo will also coincide with the 3rd International Travel Trade Expo 2018, a business-to-business (B2B) component of the TTE which allows members from the PTAA to have pre-appointed one-on-one meetings with executives from international tourism companies and national tourism organizations. The iTTE, which will again be located at the second floor of SMX, is expected to draw at least 50 international sellers and 300 local buyers.

Cebu Pacific booth

Among the countries and territories expected to participate in iTTE are Australia, Cambodia, China, Egypt, France, Guam, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, United Arab Emirates, United States, and Vietnam.

Philippine Airlines booth

Subic booth
Qatar Airlines booth
Throughout the three-day event, the travel expo certainly provided opportunities for the 140,000 visitors to scour the country or circle the globe but, before they could do that, they had to cover a lot of ground by foot first. People line up as early as 3 AM in the wee hours of the morning just to get hold of the cheapest but very limited (approximately 15 to 20 per offering)  travel packages.  Examples include the unbeatable price of PhP3,800/pax for a 3-day/2-night stay in Boracay including transfer and quad sharing accommodations; PhP15,000/pax for a 3-day/2-night stay in Hong Kong; and only PhP8,000/pax for a Taipei vacation. To ensure the legitimacy and value of the domestic tour packages, travel agencies and tourism boards that hold office in other regions will participate.

Air Swift booth

South Korea booth
City of Dreams booth
On February 9, the first day of the expo, Citibank credit cardholders were allowed to enter the convention halls from 8:30 to 9:30 AM (the rest entered from 9:30 am onwards). Travelers who will signed up for Mabuhay Miles, the frequent flyer program of Philippine Airlines (a major sponsor for the TTE), were given 500 bonus miles (almost the equivalent of the 700 Mabuhay Miles you’ll get for booking a one-way Economy Class flight to Hong Kong) just for signing up.

Corporate International Travel & Tours booth

Here is the list of participating exhibitors:

Cruise Liners
  • 2Go Group Incorporation
  • Princess Cruises (Cruise Professionals Inc.)
  • Royal Caribbean International
  • Star  Cruises  PTE LTD
  • Sun Cruises, Inc.
  • Tuan Chau Five Star Yacht JSJ/Paradise Hotels & Cruises Vietnam

Travel Insurance
  • Asiam Insurance Agency Inc.
  • Assist Card (Wideworld Insurance Agency, Inc.)
  • FPG Insurance Co.
  • Liberty Insurance Co. 
  • Malayan Insurance Company Inc.
  • Pacific Cross Insurance Inc.
  • Pioneer Insurance & Surety Corp.
  • Standard Insurance Co. Inc.
  • Sun Life Grepa Financial Inc.
  • Universal Assistance - GSA / Euro

Tourism Boards
  • Advantage Austria - Austrian Embassy Commercial Section
  • Association of Laiya Resort Owners 
  • City Government of Zamboanga
  • Department of Tourism / Tourism Promotion Board
  • Guam Visitors Bureau
  • Hong Kong Tourism Board
  • Japan National Tourism Organization 
  • Kingdom of Lesotho
  • Korea Tourism Organization
  • Manila Office
  • Palawan Tourism Council
  • Philpost Corporation
  • Primer Lux Hotel/Amakusa, Japan
  • Primer Media Inc.
  • Province of Guimaras
  • Singapore Tourism Board
  • South African Embassy
  • Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau
  • Star Alliance CSMG Ph
  • Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority
  • Taiwan Tourism Bureau KL Office
  • Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Tourism Authority of Thailand
  • Tourism Infrastructure & Enterprise Zone Authority (0
  • Tourism Malaysia

Theme Parks
  • City of Dreams (MCE Leisure Phil. Inc.)
  • Enchanted Kingdom Incorporation
  • Kidzania Manila (Play Innovations Inc.)
  • Manila Ocean Park / H20 Hotel
  • The Mind Museum
  • Tree Top Adventure Phils Inc.
  • Zoomanity / Zoobic Safari

Hotels and Resorts
  • 88 Courtyard Hotel
  • Abanes Bosay Resort Corp.
  • Acacia Hotel Manila
  • Accor Advantage Plus Phils Inc.
  • Acuatico Beach Resort & Hotel Inc.
  • Acuaverde Beach Resort & Hotel Inc.
  • Aloha Boracay Hotel
  • Amorita Resort/One of Collection
  • Artstream Hospitality Management Group Inc.
  • Astoria Hotels & Resorts
  • Aureo Hotels (Ferenzo Holdings & Development Corp.)
  • Azalea Hotels & Residences (Fog Horn Inc.)
  • Aziza Paradise Hotel
  • Baguio Burnham Suites Hotel
  • Bai Hotel Cebu
  • Bayview Park Hotel Manila
  • Be Resorts/Enrison Land, Inc.
  • Berjaya Hotel
  • Best Western Boracay Tropics Resort Hotel
  • Blue Coral Beach Resort
  • Bluewater Resorts
  • Boracay Mandarin Island Hotel
  • Boracay Ocean Club Beach Resort
  • Busuanga Bay Lodge
  • Caliraya Resort Club
  • Canyon Hotels and Resorts
  • Caliraya Resort Club
  • Canyon Hotels & Resorts
  • City Garden Suites Manila
  • Ciudad Christhia Resort, Inc
  • Club Balai Isabel
  • Club Haven Resort Boracay Inc.
  • Conrad Manila
  • Coast Boracay Island
  • Coron Gateway Hotel & Suites/Boracay Eco Village
  • Coron Soleil Garden Resort Inc.
  • Costa Pacifica Baler (Sea & Sierra Vista Inc.)
  • Crimson Hotels & Resorts (Chroma Hospitality, Inc.)
  • Crown Regency Hotels & Resorts
  • Delfines Hotel Management Corp.
  • Diamond Hotel Philippines
  • Donsol Eco Tour Inc.
  • Dos Palmas Island Resort & Spa
  • DSNP Corp. (Skywaterpark Cebu)
  • Dumaluan Beach Resort
  • El Nido Bayview Resort
  • El Nido Resort - Ten Knots Development Corp. (ALI)
  • El Pinoy (World City Leisures, Inc.)
  • El Puerto Marina Beach Resort and Vacation Club
  • El Rio Y Mar
  • Estrellas de Mendoza Playa Resort
  • Eurotel Hotel/Icon Hotel
  • F & C Hotels & Resorts (Estacio Uno, Boracay Uptown)
  • F1 Hotel Manila
  • Feliz Hotel Boracay Inc.
  • Fairways & Bluewater Boracay
  • Flushing Meadows Resort & Playground
  • Greenmountain Philippines Corporation (Hotel Centro)
  • Hannah's Beach Resort & Convention Center
  • Henann Group of Resorts (Koniled Resorts Inc.)
  • Herald Suites
  • Hilton Manila
  • Holiday Inn Express (Travellers International Hotel Group Inc - Resorts World Manila)
  • Hospitality Innovators Inc.
  • Hotel 101 Management Corp.
  • Island Cove Hotel & Leisure Park
  • Jpark Island Resort and Waterpark Cebu
  • Kandaya Resort
  • La Carmela de Boracay Resort Hotel, Inc.
  • Misibis Resort and Hotel Management, Inc.
  • Movenpick Hotel Mactan Island Cebu
  • Patio Pacific Boracay
  • Pearl of the Pacific Boracay (Pearl of Boracay Landholdings Corp.)
  • Pearl Farm Beach Resort (ANFLO Resort Development Corp.)
  • Pearl Palm Resorts
  • Plantation Bay Resort & Spa
  • Puerto del Sol Beach Resort
  • Resort World Manila (Belmont Newport Luxury Hotels Inc.)
  • Rio Grande de Laoag Resort
  • Savoy Hotel Boracay
  • Sheridan Beach Resort & Spa
  • South Palms Resort Panglao
  • Splash Mountain Resort
  • Taal Vista Hotel
  • The Bellevue Hotels and Resorts
  • The Discovery Leisure Co. Inc.
  • The Lind Boracay (Scottland Leisure, Inc.)
  • Two Seasons Resort
  • Waterfront Hotel & Casinos

  • Air China
  • Airesources Inc.
  • Airswift Transport Inc.
  • All Nippon Airways (TDG Travel) 
  • Asiana Airlines
  • Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd.
  • Cebu Pacific Air
  • China Airlines
  • China Eastern Airlines
  • EVA Airways Corp.
  • Gulf Air
  • Japan Airlines Co. Ltd.
  • Jeju Air/Island Resort Club 
  • Jetstar Airways (HT&T Travel Philippines, Inc.)
  • Korean Air
  • Malaysia Airlines
  • Oman Air
  • Philippine Airlines
  • Philippines Air Asia Inc.
  • Qatar Airways Company
  • Royal Brunei Airlines
  • Saudi Arabian Airlines
  • Skyjet Airlines (Magnum Air)
  • South African Airways
  • Thai Airways International Public Co.
  • Turkish Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • Vita Travel Services Corp 

Travel Agents and Tour Operators
  • Aboex Travel  and Tours
  • Adams Express Travel Corp.
  • Aerial Travel & Tours
  • Air You Go Travels Experience
  • Airlite International Travel  & Tours Inc
  • Amity Travel
  • Amkor Travel & Tours Inc
  • Attic Tours Phils, Inc
  • Baron Travel Corp / Royal Caribbean International
  • Batanes Travel & Tours
  • Batanes Wakay Travel & Tours Inc
  • Cosmo Get-Away Chain Travel & Tours Inc
  • CV Travel & Tours Corp
  • Discovery Tour, Inc
  • Diwa Travel Agency
  • D'World Specialist Travel & Tours Corporation
  • Eastern Pacific Travel & Tours
  • Ellens Travel & Tours
  • Executive Resources, Inc
  • Express City Tours Travel Services
  • Expressmiles Travel and Tours
  • Far Travel Inc.
  • Fiesta Tours & Travel Services
  • Getaway Tours International Inc
  • Globetrotters Inc.
  • Golden Eagle Travel & Tours Inc
  • Guatson Travel
  • H.I.S. Philippines Travel Corp
  • Happy Sun Travel & Tours
  • Horizon Travel & Tours
  • Intas Destinations Management
  • International Journeys Inc.
  • Insland Paradise Tours & Convention
  • Jaera Travel & Tours Corporation
  • Jeron Travel & Tours Corp
  • JTB Asia Pacific International Travel & Tours
  • Las Palmas Tours and Travel Inc
  • Luxury Vacation Holidays and Tours
  • Jaera Travel & Tours Corporation
  • Jeron Travel & Tours Corporation
  • JTB Asia Pacific Phil. Corporation
  • Karilagan International Travel & Tours
  • Las Palmas Tours & Travels Inc.
  • Manejkom Travel and Tours
  • Mango Tours and Travel, Inc.
  • Manila Genesis Charters & Tours, Inc.
  • MTTS Travel Services
  • Multi Destinations Inc.
  • New Era Travel and Tours
  • Pan Malayan Express Inc.
  • Pan Pacific Travel Corporation
  • Panda Travel Service Inc.
  • Performance Travel & Tours International
  • Rajah Travel Corporation
  • Rakso Air Travel & Tours Incorporation
  • Ramyer Travel & Tours 
  • Regent Travel Corporation
  • Reli Tours & Travel
  • Richworld Travel & Tours 
  • Shar Travel Service Philippines Inc
  • Shroff International Travelcare Inc
  • Skynet Travel Corporation
  • Skywin International Travel Agency
  • Southwest Tours (Boracay) Inc.
  • Sparkle Holidays & Travel Corporation
  • Swire Travel Philippines Inc.
  • TDG Travel - Adventure
  • International Tours, Inc.
  • The Marvels of Travel
  • Thousand Miles Leisure Pro Travel & Tours Co.
  • Travel 101 Company Corporation
  • Travel Bounty
  • Travel Enterprise
  • Travel Scene Inc
  • Travel Specialist Ventures Groups Inc
  • Travel Warehouse Inc
  • Travelplus International Inc
  • Travelpros Inc
  • Trends Travelmart International Corp
  • Triple Eight Internatl Travel 7 Tours Inc
  • Trusty Travel & Tours Inc
  • U-Huat International Travel Inc
  • Ultimate Adventure Palawan Travel and Tours Inc
  • Uni Orient Travel Incorporation
  • United Travel Consultant Inc
  • Wintrex Travel Corporation