MOSCOW – The Philippines joined over 100 exhibitors at the Moscow Dive Show last February 1-4 at the Sokolniki Exhibition and Convention Center.
The event drew over 20,000 visitors from Moscow, Ukraine, Belorussia, Kazakhstan, and Estonia who were mostly recreational divers, spear fishers, free divers, underwater photographers, technical divers, and others who are into watersports like kiting, surfing and yachting.
The Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT), through the Office of Product and Market Development (OPMD)-Dive and PDOT-Frankfurt, believe that it is the best time to pursue and strengthen market development activities in Russia, especially now that the Philippines has been named as one the preferred destinations for diving among Russian divers.
“We’re happy that the Philippines Department of Tourism is here again in Russia to represent our beautiful country and we are very excited to see more Russians visit the Philippines. Philippines is a dive destination and many Russians will be interested,” said Catherine Alpay, third secretary and vice consul of the Philippine Embassy in Moscow.
The Russian dive market is estimated at 300,000 with around 120,000 active divers. The organizers reported that in a survey conducted to over 6,000 respondents during the expo, the Philippines ranked third among the top international destinations for Russian divers.
The report further added that at least 589 documented records mentioned the Philippines as a destination where they spent their dive holiday with an average spending of US$2,000 per guest.
Russian divemaster Dmitry Shevchenko was happy to share his experience in the Philippines.
“Philippines is a very good place for diving. A very beautiful place. You can spend your whole life, and I myself would spend all my life if God gave me. I would spend my whole life diving in the Philippines,” Shevchenko said.
Different dive resorts participated in the four-day event and conducted seminars, product presentations about special dive packages highlighting the Philippines’ marine biodiversity, world-class beaches and dive spots targeting dive beginners, free divers, and underwater photographers.