Being blessed with the country’s longest yuletide season or the fun in the Philippines gaining global recognition, but all roads at this early seem to lead to the SMX Convention Center Manila for an International Travel Festival come December 10-11.
And International Travel Festival is certain to emerge, with worldwide service provider Amadeus and the British, Turkish and European chambers of commerce setting the pace for the influx of other Manila and foreign-based global exhibitors in the event.
This Christmas gathering of global tourism players is matched only by the convergence of their similarly increasing number of local counterparts at the festival led by the various regional offices of the Department of Tourism nationwide and its attached agency Tourism Infrastructure Enterprise Zone Authority.
The local exhibitors include tourism destinations in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao – from Cagayan Valley in the North to Palawan in the West, all the way to South Cotabato, Cotabato City, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos City in Region 12.
Thus, the nation is bound to see a vast cosmopolitan crowd whirling around the scene of the International Travel Festival (ITF) 2013, now covering, not only what used to be a solely inbound promotional event dubbed “Travel Philippines Show”, but also outbound travel named “Euro-AmeriAsian Travel, Trade & Cultural Expo.”
“ So expect both inbound and outbound tourism destinations featured in the ITF,” said chief executive officer Mitch Ballesteros of expo organizer Exlink Events.
“The fast growing registration of participants in the festival affirms the global tourism industry’s increasing momentum for sustained growth, with vacationing OFWs (overseas Filipinos worldwide) adding impetus to the phenomenon,” Ballesteros said.
Practically promoting a genuine two-way tourism traffic, the ITF is seen to contribute substantially to the continued rise in global tourism, now reportedly worth an estimated $1.15 trillion from a yearly revenue hike of 1.5 percent over the past five years.
Ballesteros said the outbound trips of foreign-based international airlines flying Filipinos to overseas destinations would also have a beneficial impact on inbound travel since they would have to promote the Philippines in their home countries to be able fill up airline seats on their return flights.
“Thus, the net effect of brisk inbound and outbound travel is a thriving tourism industry that gets a boost from both ends,” Ballesteros earlier explained, citing tourism’s total contribution of $6.3 trillion and 255 million jobs to the global economy in 2011 alone.”
To participate mostly in the ITF, therefore, are numerous exhibitors involved in both inbound and outbound businesses such as airlines, international hotel and resort chains, travel agencies, tour operators, MICE (meetings, incentive travel, conventions and events) organizers, shopping malls and global retail brands.
Also expected to participate in the ITF on December 10 to 11 are transfers and transport firms, cruise ships and domestic passenger vessels, telecommunication companies, destination owners and managers, banks and financial institutions, and the academe and various service providers, among many others.
More information about the ITF can be obtained from Exlink Events (tel: 632 6433887; mobile: 0920 9242532, 0920 9814376; email: firstname.lastname@example.org; or visit www.exlinkevents.com).
A huge chunk of the country’s 12 million overseas Filipinos worldwide (OFWs) and their relatives are seen to swarm the grandest business and Christmas expo designed specifically for their entrepreneurial and investment needs.
Various organizations of OFWs and their relatives are even participating in the preparations for the expo by calling on their members to join the growing number of aspiring and successful entrepreneurs in their ranks.
They are led by the Global OFW Organization, Kabalikat OFWs Association, and the Ka Entrep Movement, with the OFW families groups in Pasig, Caloocan , Paranaque ,Rizal and Navotas, among many others, confirming their participation in this event .
“ They (OFWs and their relatives) are practically mobilizing their individual and collective resources for investment in the various business opportunities that will be showcased in the Mega Balikbayan/OFW Expo 2013 slated at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City on December 10 to 11, in time for the influx of migrant Filipinos for their yearly Christmas vacation and homecoming,” said chief executive officer Mitch Ballesteros of expo organizer Exlink Events.
“They are expected to troop to the expo in droves that can turn the event into a business and Family Christmas gathering of mega-scale,” Ballesteros said.
The remittances from those OFWs and migrant Filipinos have soared to over $21 billion with the continued rise in their number and deployment all over the world.
The OFWs alone, excluding their families, number to roughly 9.5 million to 12.5 million, or around 10 to 11 percent of the country’s total population, according to POEA data.
Moreover, another 1.7 million OFWs were reportedly awaiting deployment for the first 10 months of last year, which the POEA said would reflect an 8.6-percent growth year on year.
Such figures make the OFWs and their families a powerful economic bloc, whose resources can be mobilized for investments in the various industry sectors to widen the domestic capital base and strengthen the country’s resistance against external financial shocks.
“They (OFWs) can become exporters and their families export producers, thus keeping their roles as one of the country’s major dollar earners but, this time, also as job generators instead of job hunters,” Ballesteros pointed out as an example.
“The expo will have almost 200 exhibitors collectively offering a complete menu of businesses and investment opportunities, training and knowledge sources, and support services, including property firms for their housing needs and retail shops for their Christmas requirements,” Ballesteros said.
“Thus, it will be a festival that celebrates the heroism of our OFWs, or a huge gathering of Filipinos from all over the world who now have an expo they can call their own,” Ballesteros stressed.
Now on its 10th year, the expo includes the OFW Business Summit with seminars on how to do business in the Philippines and investment literacy for OFW’s and Families and the Outstanding Balikbayan Reputation Awards (OBRA).
Primarily constituting the expo are the 1) MEGA INVEST presenting investment opportunities in various fields such as cars and automobile , real estate and property, manufacturing, franchising , support technologies, agri-aqua business, retail and wholesale , distributorships, service outlets, and many others; 2) MEGA EXPERIENCE offering various travels and tours packages , holiday destinations, health and wellness products and services, food and beverages, and hobbies’ businesses ; and 3) MEGA SHOP for discounted items, Christmas gifts , souvenir items and regional products.
More information about the event can be obtained from Exlink Events (tel: 632 6433887 / 6437760 ; mobile: 0920 9242532, 0920 9814376; email: email@example.com; or visit www.exlinkevents.com).
Exhibitors By Company ( A-Z)
|ASIA PACIFIC COSMETICS PHILS.||Beauty|
|BANGKOK FASHION COLLECTION||Beauty|
|BEAUTY ELEMENTS VENTURES INC||Beauty|
|BLUE DYNAMICS INC. (LUMINOUS WHITENING)||Beauty|
|Center for Aesthetic Studies||Beauty|
|EVERBILENA COSMETICS INC||Beauty|
|LA FAON CO.LTD||Beauty|
|MTN ESTHETIQUE SUPPLIES INC||Beauty|
|TAYLOR TYLER HERBAL HAIRSPA & SALON||Beauty|
|World of Wellness(NUTRAMEDICA)||Beauty|
|A.R.M SKIN ESSENTIALS CORPORATION||Beauty|
|FARCENT ENTERPRISE CO., LTD||Beauty|
|GOLDWARE ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS CORP.||Beauty|
|NORTHFIELD LABORATORIES INC||Beauty|
|CHEF BEN BURGER & BLANKET (HERO DELI FOOD)||Catering|
|ASIAN EYE INSTITUTE||Health|
|BIO-NORMALIZER TRADING PHILS.||Health|
|BIOSAFE CENTER FOR COMPLIMENTARY MEDICINE INC.||Health|
|BIOSANITARY NAPKIN/SANTE INT/LOTION||Health|
|BLUE CROSSINSURANCE INC||Health|
|CONSUCARE INC SDN BHD||Health|
|HEALTH IS IN||Health|
|MAXICARE HEALTHCARE CORPORATION||Health|
|PROSEL PHARMACEUTICALS & DISTRIBUTORS INC||Health|
|ARKWAY NATURAL SUPPLIMENT INC||Health|
|GEMILANG 4U INT'L PHILS||Health|
|PILLARS 5 INC||Health|
|Q DYNAMICS GLOBAL CORPORATION||Health|
|Buy & Sell||Media|
|Health Today Magazine||Media|
|Hinge Inquirer Publication||Media|
|JOHN ROBERT POWERS||Partner|
|PRESTIGE BRANDS PHILS INC||Partner|
|TARPOGRAPHICS/ VISTROM INC.||Partner|
|ALVEO LAND CORP||Property|
|EMPIRE EAST LAND HOLDINGS INC||Property|
|FEDERAL LAND INCORPORATED||Property|
|RAEMULAN LANDS, INC.||Property|
|BTL MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES||Wellness|
|DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER||Wellness|
|DLA NATURALS INC||Wellness|
|DMI MEDICAL SUPPLY CO., INC||Wellness|
|EMTECH WELLNESS INTERNATIONAL PTE. LTD||Wellness|
|PHILINDIA AYURVEDIC CORPORATION||Wellness|
|PHILIPPINE RETIREMENT AUTHORITY||Wellness|
|SLIMMERS WORLD INTERNATIONAL||Wellness|
|SM KENKO SAUNA CORPORATION||Wellness|
|THE FINIX CORP.||Wellness|
|WS SPORTS INC||Wellness|
|The Complete Wellness Center||Wellness|
|FILHIGH TRADING & GENERAL SERVICES CORPORATION||Wellness|
|ALMARICO INTERGRAPHICS EQUIPMENT AND SALES SERVICES TRUST FUND||Wellness|
|HOFFMANN ELECTRONICS PHILS INC.||Wellness|
|NAOMI INTERNATIONAL EXIMPORT||Wellness|
Alas, almost one week to go and buyers that registered for the International Beauty, Health and Wellness Expo (IBHWEX) slated September 26-28,2013, SMX Convention Center is out!
So here is the list that the event exhibitors will meet and do business with:
Buyers By Company
5T11 Smile Enterprises Ace Print Master ACL Travel
Age Concepts Allegro Pacific Phils., Inc. Alliance in Motion Global
Almarico Alpha 5 Devt. Corp. Ardent world, Inc.
Ash n Boo Asian Derma Clinic Asmara, Inc.
Athletico FOV Salon and Wellness Aurora Premiere Hotels & Resorts Corp.
Auspicia Inc. Beyond Health and Beauty Bitter Sweet Waxing Studio
Cafe France Casa Pino Salon Cellnique Cosmaceutical Ptd Ltd
Centre De Sante International Wellness Institute, Inc. Clean and Scented
Coach & Kids Development Philippines Continental Sales, Inc.-Import/Export/Distribution
Crossings CSquare Catering Cuts 'n Curls Salon
CVC Supermarket Dei Skin Cosmetics & Drugs Laboratory, Inc.
Derma Essentiale Skin and Healthy Aging Clinic Desertikas Salon & Spa
EARTH Institute Asia and Tobys Sports Embassy of France in the Philippines
Enagic Philippines Envo Bath and Body Products
Feel Good Therapeutics Global Fitness Global Enterprise
Golden Timberlane Manufacturing Soap Greenlife Inc.
Greenplus Corp. HC Marsan Health & Naturals Collection
Heavenly Produce Inventiv M Iprofessional Distributing Inc
IronPinoy/Body Proud Fitness Events & Promotions Iventures inc
JITS Corp. JLT Travel & Tours
Kukoco Nailbar Leslie Corporation Makeup Artistry by Nybie Ng
Makeup by Mary Ann Po Malcomn Import Export
Mandarine Reflexology & Spa Manila Ocean Park Maxicare Healthcare Corporation
Mcguire Publishing MDS Call Solutions Inc. Med Choice Advantage Co. Ltd. Mikhaelas Beauty Essentials Mikhaela's Beauty Essentials
Mosbeau Phils Inc. Nail Cocktales
Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa Nature Sci
New City Commercial Corporation New Suvic Marketing Onzen GBS Spa
Paseo Skin Care Center Pharma Canada Inc. Pharma Dropshiper (Pvt) Ltd.
Professional Insights Prosource International R&A Roofmart, Inc.
Revive Metro Royale Business Club International Inc.
Security Bank Sivi Internatonal Trading, Inc.
Skin and Shape Soiree Salon and Spa Sophie Martin
Stradavarius StressCape Services Corp.
Swissbio Pharma Tealicious Ventures, Inc. True Riches Ent.
Trueform Construction and Trading Corp. Trusty Steward Consumer Cooperative
Unilever Philippines Vibes Entertainment Villa Los Banos Trading
World Care Zenses Home Massage
I have been meeting with this group for two weeks learning a very specialized topic. As the days passed by I can sense a level of comfort among the different members of the group. In addition, I can feel the joy of learning a lot of from the different stories and knowledge that each member has.
This realization allowed me to see that human connection shines in meetings. The sharing of stories is intensified in meetings and the results are very enriching.
Meetings are a very important type of event in our human history. It's lustre will never fade because it is an essential tool in our humanity.
To meet is to be human and this is where the ageless beauty of event lies.
As the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) prepare for full integration by 2015 under a single ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), which is one of the main objectives of the region’s economic integration, a key challenge is to find balance with regard to coherence and cooperation among member-countries.
However, the emergence of many relevant industry expos and conferences, particularly in the beauty, health and wellness sectors, is seen as the key ingredient in providing that balance and more importantly, make the planned integration a seamless and thorough activity.
This collaborative economic environment among nations of varying race and cultures will be unmistakably evident in a one-of-a-kind event called “International Beauty, Health and Wellness Expo,” which will be held on September 26-28, 2013 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, Philippines.
For one, it will be a great platform for local players to finally hit the international expo scene where they can showcase and highlight their readiness to be globally competitive, with products and services ready to appeal to the global market—or at least on the ASEAN level, initially.
On the other hand, the expo can provide the perfect opportunity for international companies to gain a foothold in the local market by partnering with Philippine firms they can rely on as part of their expansion efforts and growth of their business in the country. This is good news for the local economy, for these possible economic linkages between local and international firms spell good things for players in the beauty, health and wellness industry and also the overall medical tourism in the country.
The “International Beauty, Health and Wellness Expo,” organized by Ex-Link Management and Marketing Services Corporation, is expected to attract more than 10,000 buyers/ trade visitors from here and abroad, and participated in by more than 200 of the country’s established and up-and-coming movers and shakers in the Health and Beauty, Fitness and Style, and Wellness and Relaxation circles. It will be the perfect avenue for sponsors and participants to meet, converge, exchange ideas and knowledge, establish market linkages, collaborate and agree on mutually beneficial transactions with the hope of growing the the industry further and make it one of the strongest business sectors in the region.
“A key objective of the single ASEAN community, under the Initiative for ASEAN Integration or ‘IAI,’ is to narrow the development divide between countries in the region and enhance ASEAN’s competitiveness as a region. Through this expo, we envision the participants working together to help find ways of strengthening areas of collaboration to grow their respective businesses and at the same time, tap other economic potentials that will help the health, beauty and wellness industries flourish even more in this century,” explains Mitch Ballesteros, Chief Executive Officer of Ex-Link Events.
Day 1 of the expo highlights will feature the opening talk of Dr. Enrique “ Eric” Tayag, Asst. Secretary of the Dept . of Health with the ‘ Go for Health program , “ will fire up the first day followed by the personality development seminars, fashion and styling sessions ,discussion of fashion trends in the social media, an Anniversary Dance Competition launch dubbed as ” Healthway Medical Dance for Health.. A healthy way to live” .. featuring its corporate partners will sure to enliven the stage area with a fashion show from one of the country’s top fashion institutes round up the first day.
Meanwhile, talks on health, beauty, skin care, alternative medicine , stress management , personal mastery seminars are set on the 2nd day with Zumba party with the expo highlight dubbed as Health and Wellness Summit.
On Day 3, learn physical fitness techniques, martial arts and sports from some of the country’s renowned sports and fitness gurus .
Another highlight of the industry expo is the Spa Party and Asian Massage Show for qualified trade visitors and buyers, Grand Salads Show at the event dining area and the Grand Organic Show at the expo area. Trade visitors and buyers are invited to pre-register for qualification online via www.exlinkevents.com / www.beautyhealthwellnessexpo.com.ph to enjoy event perks and privileges during the event.
“It’s about time that we broaden the marketability of the Philippines in the international scene through expos like this especially in the beauty , health and wellness industry. We have a comparative advantage in the health and wellness tourism industry among others because we have exceptional products and state-of-the-art facilities, world-class, caring and compassionate medical practitioners, our fluency in English and of course, competitive cost, making this industry one of the major sectors for economic growth, and that is what we want to highlight,” adds Ballesteros.
Some international and local exhibitors and supporters are CONSUCARE INC SDN BHD, FARCENT ENTERPRISE CO., LTD , BIONIVA WELLNESS , AMBERTRONICS ,NORTHFIELD LAB. ,MEGAWORLD ,PILLARS 5 INC ,GLOSSONS ,RJ TECH ,WESIS ENTERPRISES,CITIBANK N.A ,HOFFMANN ,GENASIA TEKNIKA ,PRESTIGE BRANDS PHILS INC ,MAXICARE HEALTHCARE CORPORATION ,JUSTNAIL INTL/BEAUTYKINDOM
C.K.M ENTERPRISE , HEALTHWAY MEDICAL ,LA FAON CO.LTD ,ASIA PACIFIC COSMETICS PHILS. ,GEMILANG 4U INTL PHILS.DE LA SALLE UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER ,LAWIS EQUIPMENTS,PHILINDIA AYURVEDIC CORPORATION ,METRO BANK , ,SKINLINE COMPANY ,A.R.M SKINESSENTIALS CORP ,PHILIPPINE RETIREMENT AUTHORITY ,BTL MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES ,NAOMI INTERNATIONAL EXIMPORT ,CHEF BEN ,SWEET ANGEL ,METROWEALTH/WAKI ,DMI MEDICAL SUPPLY CO., INC
PROSEL PHARMA DISTRIBUTORS INC , DLA NATURALS INC ,BIO-NORMALIZER TRADING PHILS., ALVEO LAND CORP , ,ISLAND COVE ,BEAUTY SECRET ,VENUSTAS ENTERPRISE ,SHINAGAWA ,BLUE DYNAMICS INC ,FORTRESS MARKETING ,BEAUTY ELEMENTS VENTURES INC ,BEAUCHE INTERNATIONAL, JOHN ROBERT POWERS ,Q DYNAMICS GLOBAL CORPORATION ,EMTECH WELLNESS INTERNATIONAL PTE. LTD (international) ,SKIN RITUALS ,TAYLOR TYLER HERBAL HAIRSPA & SALON ,GOLDWARE ESSENTIAL PRODUCTS CORP. ,MTN ESTHETIQUE SUPPLIES INC ,RAEMULAN LANDS, INC. ,BODY FORMS PHILIPPINES, PHARMA CANADA ,FINIX ,ASIAN EYE INSTITUTE ,BLUE CROSSINSURANCE INC ,HEALTH IS IN ,BIOSANITARY NAPKIN/SANTE INT/LOTION,CENTER FOR AESTHETIC STUDIES, CHAMBER OF HERBAL INDUSTRIES OF THE PHILIPPINES , ZEN INSTITUTE and a lot more…
For those who are interested in participating in the “International Beauty, Health and Wellness Expo,” happening on September 26-28, 2013 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, pre-register online via www.exlinkevents.com or www.beautyhealthwellnessexpo.com to avail of free entrance to the event and the limited buyers' entitlements on business matching/ buyer seller meet up sessions with exhibitors/ sponsors . For details, text 0920-9242532/09209814376 or call 6437760/ 6433887 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.