DOT reveals destinations for upcoming ASEAN Tourism Forum tours

January 5, 2016 6:34 am 

By Azer N. Parrocha

MANILA, Jan. 3 (PNA) — The Department of Tourism (DOT) has revealed a list of tourist destinations in the Philippines where it will be taking delegates and VIPs attending the ASEAN Tourism Forum this month.

According to the initial list, these places include Ilocos, Cordillera Central, South Luzon, Palawan, Bicol, Visayas (Bohol, Cebu, Boracay), and Davao Region.

DOT has not yet released a breakdown of which set of delegates/VIPs will be visiting.

The annual ATF is a cooperative regional effort to promote the ASEAN region as a single tourist destination and create and increase awareness of ASEAN as a competitive regional tourist destination in the Asia-Pacific.

DOT Undersecretary Benito Bengzon Jr. said that the hosting of ATF is rotated among the member countries each year. ATF 2016 marks the 35th anniversary of the event since its inauguration in 1981.

Tourism ministers of the 10 ASEAN-member states are expected to attend the event as well as heads of international organizations, representatives from dialogue partners, and heads of national tourism organizations (NTOs).

ATF will involve 200 government meetings, 450 travel exchange (TRAVEX) buyers from 60 countries, 1,500 sellers, 110 international and 50 local media practitioners.

Meetings of NTOs will be from Jan. 18 to 20, those of ASEAN tourism leaders happening simultaneously with the TRAVEX will be from Jan. 21 to 22, and post tours for delegates will start from Jan. 23 until 25.

While meetings will be held at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza, the TRAVEX will be held at the SMX Convention Center, both is Pasay City. (PNA)

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