Palau Visitors Authority Joins the 2nd International Travel Festival

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Palau Visitors Authority joins the 2nd International Travel Festival, December 18-20, 2014 at SMX Convention Center.

According to Lonely Planet, the Republic of Palau is inimitable. Most tourists who come here like to spend their time underwater, for Palau is among the world's most spectacular diving and snorkeling destinations. It features coral reefs, blue holes, wartime wrecks, hidden caves and tunnels, more than 60 vertical drop-offs to play with, and an astonishing spectrum of coral, fish, and rare sea creatures. There are also some outright miracles of evolution: giant clams that weigh a quarter of a ton, for example, and a lake teeming with 21 million softly pulsating, stingless jellyfish.

But you don't have to get wet to enjoy Palau. On land the republic embraces Micronesia's richest flora and fauna: exotic birds fly around the islands, crocodiles slip through the mangrove swamps and orchids sprout profusely in backyards. The Palauan archipelago is incredibly diverse, encompassing the polyglot state of Koror; the marvelous Rock Islands; Micronesia's second-largest island, Babeldaob (the land that Pacific standard time forgot); Peleliu, once war ravaged, now just ravishing; tranquil, tiny Angaur; the coral atolls of Kayangel and Ngeruangel; and the remote South-West Islands.

Toss into the mix some of Micronesia's most sociable (and responsible) people, and it's no surprise that parts of Palau are known as the 'beginning of everything', a template the rest of the world would do well to follow.”

The 2nd International Travel Festival is an event that aims to boost tourism in the Philippines. Experts point to tourism as one of the sunshine industries in the country. The advent of affluence in across Asia that includes the Philippines being one of the fastest growing economies, this augurs well to the tourism industry. Add to the equation the lowering of airfares and the curiousness of the world to visit the Philippines, and you will get a massive growth in this particular area.

The Philippines is aiming to hit 10 Million visitors by 2016. For this year 2014, the Philippines is poised to hit the 6.8 Million-tourist target.

According to Department of Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Jr. tourists were spending, on average, more in the Philippines compared to its neighbors. Total revenues earned from international visitors grew by 15.1 percent in 2013 to $4.4 billion (about P192 billion). Average daily expenditure of foreign tourists was estimated at $101.1 (P4,425), or 8.7 higher than the $93 (P4,075) recorded in 2012.

Some of the exhibitors of the 2nd International Travel Festival are DOT Region IV-A (CALABARZON), SouthWest Tours (Boracay) Inc., Advil Travel & Tours, Fort Wally Travel and Tours, Create Tours and Services, Camaya Coast, Subic Bay Marine Exploratorium Inc., Mulan Travel Services, Enchanted Kingdom, DOT Region IV-B (MIMAROPA), BCTA Travel Tours, Bandung Culture & Tourism, DOT Region VI, DOT Region 11, Utravel, Bakasyunan Resort, KEG Travel, Klick Travel & Tours, Comfort and Leisure Travel Agency, Palau Visitors Authority, Island Cove, Busuanga Travel Lodge, One Tagaytay Place, El Puerto Marina Resort and Villa Ana.

The 2nd International Travel Festival is a December Travel Sale where all of the exhibitors offer affordable and cost-saving travel packages.

Besides the lower packages, lucky visitors get to win travel packages coming from sponsors of the event.

In addition, it has a co-located event 11th MegaBalikbayan OFW Expo, an event for OFWs wanting to become entrepreneurs.

The event is produced and organized by Exlinkevents, one of the leading event management and professional exhibition organizers in the Philippines.

For more information you may call 643-3887.

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