11/02/2014: Bangon Tours Takes Centerstage at Travel Tour Expo

NEWS RELEASE | 11 February 2014

Travel Tour Expo (TTE) 2014 of the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) will have the Bangon Tours Program as the focus of participation by the local tourism industry’s government sector led by the Department of Tourism (DOT) and its marketing arm, the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), as the lead coordinating agency.

The DOT Pavilion will have one of the biggest booths participating in this year’s TTE which will be held on 14-16 February at Halls 1 to 4 and Function Room 5 of the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City.

Amid the country’s most-awaited tourism and travel event, the DOT and TPB will involve its regional tourism offices nationwide and the other seven attached agencies in promoting more participation to Bangon Tours among industry practitioners and domestic travelers.

The other attached agencies involved are the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), Duty-Free Philippines (DFP), Philippine Retirement Authority (PRA), Intramuros Administration (IA), National Parks Development Committee (NPDC), Philippine Commission on Sports Scuba Diving (PCSSD), and Nayong Pilipino (NP).

With President Benigno S. Aquino III expected to keynote TTE’s opening program, the government sector’s focus on Bangon Tours dovetails with the 21st TTE’s 2014 theme: “Love Life, Love Travel.”

As its tagline “Bakasyon Mo, May Meaning” conveys, the program is a direct contribution to the government’s recovery and rebuilding efforts. It also communicates its advocacy on social responsibility for the benefit and welfare of the local people in the destination areas, particularly in the Eastern Visayas region which was hardest hit by Super Typhoon “Yolanda” in November 2013.

With its aim to foster unity and professionalism among more than 600 PTAA members, the 21st Travel Tour Expo 2014 Organizing Committee is headed by newly-appointed executive director Marciano “Nit” Ragaza, Jojo Clemente as project director, and PTAA president and TTE 2014 organizing chairman John Paul Cabalza.

“Domestic tourism is big. Special events like the annual TTE make it even bigger. When people take holidays, short breaks, and day trips in their own country, they make tremendous socio-cultural, economic and environmental impacts,” says Domingo Ramon Enerio III, TPB’s Chief Operating Officer.

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