Calling all travel bargain hunters in the Philippines. The 16th edition of the Travel Tour Expo (TTE) being organized by the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) will take place on February 6, 7 and 8 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.
I went to this event for the last 3 years and I was treated to a number of packages for local and regional destinations being offered by travel agencies and airlines. I hope this year would be better in terms of choices and of course the price. Example, for those who are Boracay bound for the summer you will find many resort operators who will have their own booths like One MGM Boracay, Patio Pacific and Microtel Inn & Suites. South East Asian Airlines (Seair) will be offering a "Buy 1, Take 2" promotion for its Busuanga and Boracay roundtrip tickets while a "Buy 1, Take 1" promo will be available for the Batanes route.
Department of Tourism Secretary Joseph Ace Durano said the TTE is an essential element in the government's drive to market the Philippines as a leading Asian tourist destination. There will be more than 200 travel and tourism companies from the Philippines and abroad which will participate in the country's biggest travel and tourism expo.
With the theme "Travel in Style," the event features two segments - lifestyle (which will cover travel accessories, health and well products and services, culinary schools, car rentals and the like) and food sellers with lounge areas.
Established in 1979, the PTAA is the country's biggest grouping of tourism related companies.