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Philippine travel sector sees business picking up

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Travel industry players in the Philippines said impact from the economic crisis was easing, reported the Philippines Daily Inquirer.

“We are slowly seeing signs the financial crisis is already easing. International travel is again starting to pick up. Domestic travel is now at an all-time high,” former Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) president Jose Clemente II was quoted as saying in a statement.

He said that to further boost the momentum of the travel sector, the PTAA had renewed its partnership with the Department of Tourism for the staging of the 17th Travel Tour Expo in February 2010.

“We believe the next Travel Tour Expo can come in and provide the needed boost to all the players in the Philippine travel and tourism industry,” he said.

Clemente, also the chair of this year’s Travel Tour Expo, said expectations for this year’s event were quite high, despite the global recession.

He related that the upcoming expo was already 70-percent full in terms of exhibitors, and would likely be expanded to occupy four halls of the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, instead of the planned three.

On the part of the DOT, Tourism Secretary Joseph Ace Durano said the Travel Tour Expo was “an effective vehicle to promote the country and its destinations.”

“The Travel Tour Expo is already an institutional event in the country which we will continue to support. There is a need to further develop both the inbound and outbound travel market in the country. To this end, we find the PTAA as an indispensable partner of the government,” he said.

Exhibitors in the 17th Travel Tour Expo will include travel agencies, hotels, resorts, tour operators, travel shops, international airlines and cruise operators.


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