The Philippines’ marine biodiversity and premier dive sites will take centerstage as the Department of Tourism (DOT) holds the country’s first and only international dive event dubbed “Philippine International Dive Expo” (PHIDEX), slated on Sept. 20-22, at Conrad Hotel, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.
Solidifying the Philippines’ position in the world as top-notch dive travel and business destination, PHIDEX will gather under one roof the world’s renowned dive experts, scientists, marine conservationists, international dive buyers, influencers, and underwater photographers and videographers to share their expertise, present innovative ideas, network with leading dive operators, and lend their knowledge about sustainable diving practices.
More than 30 renowned international and local dive speakers and advocates will share their insights and expertise on new and creative approaches in the areas of sustainable diving, marine science, and responsible underwater photography and videography in a series of interactive seminars and presentations.
Panel discussions with marine and ocean conservationists, the academe, government stakeholders and non-government organizations have also been set to tackle marine conservation and provide viable solutions to combat plastic pollution.
An estimated 60 international dive buyers from DOT-identified markets such as United States of America, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Israel, Middle East, India, China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand are also slated to attend the three-day dive expo to conduct business meetings with Philippine dive stakeholders.
Cementing the country’s image as a must-experience, a diverse dive destination in high-yielding dive markets around the world, the two-day business-to-business (B2B) meetings between the international dive travel trade and Philippine dive operators will happen simultaneously with the dive conference to enable international dive buyers to directly establish business linkages with the country’s premier dive resorts and dive centers.
PHIDEX will also showcase trade and educational seminars and diving exhibits, including a 270-square-meter Philippine pavilion will feature the country’s foremost dive destinations including Anilao, Batangas, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro, Coron and Tubbataha, Palawan, Malapascua and Moalboal in Cebu, Balicasag, Bohol, and Southern Leyte.
The Philippine pavilion will feature 50 dive partner-sellers, and registration is still open for all DOT and Philippine Commission on Sports Scuba Diving (PCSSD)-accredited dive establishments from all over the country.
For more information regarding the PHIDEX activities, interested parties may email the DOT Office of Product and Market Development at firstname.lastname@example.org and may visit the official event website – www.divephilippines.com.ph/phidex.
Photo Credit: Photo courtesy of Jerome Kim via tourism.gov.ph