MANILA – Prepare your wallets as the country’s first travel fair for the year is set to be held next weekend.
Travellife magazine kicks off 2014 with a travel fair at the Rockwell Tent in Makati from January 17 to 19, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The magazine’s publisher, Christine Cunanan, said visitors to the event can expect a lot of “incredible deals” from airline companies and tour agencies for both local and international trips.
“We have almost all the major airlines participating and promoting new routes at very good prices,” Cunanan said in an interview on “[email protected]” on Friday.
“We also have wonderful tours which have never been commercially introduced to the market.”
Also on offer are different eco-friendly products and items sourced from different communities.
Cristina Tabora, marketing and project development head of the eco-environmental movement Green Initiative, noted how some Filipinos do not realize the tourism potential of their own country.
“People have this idea of, ‘it’s so far’ or ‘it’s so exotic.’ It’s not. If you think about it, when you’re in Manila, you’re about an hour and a half away from anywhere in the Philippines,” Tabora said.
“It’s close enough to travel to. And when you go there, it’s a whole world of adventure,” she added. “We’re so varied and textured as a people, and we have different kinds of food, of costumes, of places and things to do.”
Cunanan added, “I think a lot of people, they have no idea that we have these beautiful tours available in the Philippines.”
The online edition of the British newspaper The Telegraph recently included the Philippines in its list of 20 destinations for 2014, citing the country’s “sugary beaches.”
The Philippines also made it to Rough Guides’ list of Top 10 countries this year for its “dazzling array of pristine reefs, volcanoes, sleepy backpacker islands and famed rice terraces.”