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Travel agents from ASEAN coming for NorthPhil expo

Wholesale travel agents from some of the country’s fellow members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) are coming over to buy tour and travel packages from North Philippines (NorthPhil) and promote and sell them in their captive markets back home.

Coming from Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia, the travel agents will arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila and Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Clark on November 14 in time for their participation as foreign buyers in the NorthPhil Tourism and Travel Expo 2013 slated at the SM City Clark on November 15-17.

The foreign buyers will have an overnight stay in a hotel in Clark, then in the following day tour the Clark Freeport, visit a Christmas lantern factory and experience Pampanga’s culinary delights before joining the opening of the NorthPhil expo at 4 p.m.

The expo will showcase the region’s water resources management and conservation efforts in supporting the United Nations International Year of Water and World Tourism Day theme Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future.

A public-private partnership effort of the northern regional offices of the Department of Tourism, the Association of Tourism Officers of Central Luzon, and the Philippine Exhibits and Themeparks Corporation (PETCO), the expo will share with the world the wonders of water of NorthPhil, or its vast marine and fresh water resources as among its diverse tourism attractions, according to Central Luzon Director Ronnie P. Tiotuico of the DOT.

“Travel and tour packages and services featuring these scenic destinations are what the foreign buyers and the local sellers will do business with when they meet the following day,” Tiotuico said.

This so-called “Buyers Meet Sellers” program will enable NorthPhil travel firms and tourism establishments to promote and sell their services and destinations abroad through reputable traveltrade players, such as the visiting wholesale agents from Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand.

The foreign buyers, along with hordes of other visitors, will also view the NorthPhil Expo’s wide array of exhibits, which include new and emerging tourism and travel destinations, products and services, provincial pavilions, and corporate booths offering affordable and exciting packaged tours.

The exhibitors include companies in agri-tourism, eco-tourism, time share and leisure properties, airlines and air alliances, hotels and resorts courses, national and local government agencies, restaurants, retirement villages, spa resorts and destinations, themeparks and amusement centers, foreign tourism boards, tourism transport operators, travel and tourism associations, publications, travel insurance, and wellness centers, among others.