International buyers get a taste of WV tourism

THE Tourism Promotions Board and the Department of Tourism (DOT)-6 with the full support of the local government officials of Iloilo, Guimaras, and Negros, Occidental conducted the Philippine Travel Exchange (PHITEX) Post Tour on Aug 31-Sept 4, 2018.

PHITEX is a government organized travel trade event in the country. It hosts international buyers to participate in tabletop business appointments with accredited Philippine tourism suppliers.

“The Department of Tourism Region 6 is happy to welcome the 41 international buyers for the Philippine Travel Exchange Post Tour. They are currently touring the multitude of attractions and activities in Negros Occidental. It’s always a pleasure for DOT-6 to showcase to these international buyers the tourist destinations of the region, but having a positive feedback from them is so overwhelming,” DOT-6 Director Helen Catalbas said.

The participants visited the home of the sweetest mangoes, Guimaras. They also went to Garin Farm in San Joaquin, Iloilo; and the historic Miag-ao Church, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

They visited the grand hispanic mansions and old ancestral houses in Iloilo City which stood the test of time.
In Negros Occidental, the participants visited The Ruins, Locsin Ancestral House, Balay ni Tana Dicang, and San Diego Cathedral.

“DOT-6 with the vigorous support of Western Visayas local government unites and private sectors is doing its best to further develop and sustain the tourism industry in Western Visayas,” Catalbas said.

We want to preserve these tourist attractions for the future generations and for more tourists to enjoy. The Philippine Travel Exchange (PHITEX) Post Tour for international buyers is also one way to gain investments for our tourism industry,” Catalbas added. (MDO)

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