Tourism industry, bustling once again


Those of us in the tourism industry are now grinning from ear to ear as we see the surge of events that signal the movement of our industry towards its pre-pandemic heyday. Although not quite there yet, with all sectors coming alive with their respective promotional activities, we know we’ll get there in no time.

PHILTOA’s 33rd Philippine Travel Mart

The Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA) is back with the longest-running interactive tourism expo, the Philippine Travel Mart (PTM), now on its 33rd year. After a two-year hiatus, this year’s theme is “Safe Travels”. With at least 70 million Filipinos fully vaccinated and tourism outlets welcoming foreign tourists, a safer and more relaxed environment awaits eager travelers looking for memorable adventures.

PHILTOA President Fe Abling-Yu announced that the three-day event starts on September 30 and will feature very affordable travel packages to 200 local and international destinations. With sustainable tourism and community engagement in mind, the PTM only partners with reputable agencies and businesses.

PHILTOA President Fe Abling-Yu has lined up very affordable domestic and international tour packages at the 33rd Philippine Travel Mart

This yearly event highlights new discoveries for travelers to explore, while also showcasing the best islands in our archipelago. With all regions in the country participating, availing of the attractive tour packages in the PTM is the best way to experience the wonders of Luzon, the riches of the Visayas, and the colors of Mindanao. You will also be dazzled by the interesting tour packages to breathtaking Bali, historic Siem Reap, and bustling Ho Chi Minh and, of course, the highly popular destinations in Japan, China, and South Korea.

More information on the PTM, which will be held at the SMX Convention Center Manila, is available at www.philtravelmart.com or through the PHILTOA Secretariat at (632) 8812-4513, (632) 8822-6964, (632) 8925- 6265, (+63) 922-816-2772, or philtravelmart@philtoa.com

HSMA’s SOS

The Hotel Sales and Marketing Association of the Philippines (HSMA) is, once again, making it easy for everyone to have their dream staycations anywhere in the country at very affordable rates. Now in its third year, HSMA’s September Online Sale (SOS), with this year’s theme “Eat. stay. Love,” offers as much as 75 percent discount on hospitality packages, which include room stays, weekend getaways, rejuvenating spa experiences, enriching recreational offers such as packaged group tours, and delicious food and beverage deals. Travelers can also look forward to planning more life milestones through SOS, since the fair will also offer discounts on restaurants, meetings and conferences packages, and banquet occasions, such as weddings, debuts, and engagement parties, among many others.

From Metro Manila to the Southern Tagalog region, to popular beach destinations in Boracay, Palawan, Bohol, Cebu, and Davao, there’s a deal for everyone at this month-long travel fair that will showcase 78 resorts and hotels. The best part is that anyone can avail of these gigantic discounts from the safety and comfort of home, by just clicking on the SOS website https://www.hsma.org.ph/sos/

All vouchers bought will have no expiry date. Last year’s SOS sold over 5,100 vouchers, or an equivalent of P29.2 million in gross sales. To stay updated on additional offerings, follow HSMA’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/HSMAPH and Instagram account at @HSMAPhilippines.

HSMA Chairperson Margie Munsayac has enlisted more resorts and hotels this year, offering gigantic discounts at HSMA’s September Online Sale

Park Inn By Radisson North EDSA

The hotel has now reopened its doors to purely leisure and business travelers, after two years of being a multi-use hotel, taking in guests on health quarantine.

To celebrate its new status, the hotel has pumped up the guests’ cravings with delicious and hearty offerings at its main dining room, the Casa Urban Table. To start with, the most sought-after Grill and Serve Unlimited Korean Barbecue is back on weekends (Friday to Sunday). New delectable a la carte dishes like Beef Ribs Adobo, Salpicao, Shrimps and Cashew Pasta, Sopa de Arroz, and many more are available any day.

Guests can cool down after a long day with the hotel’s Sundown Chillout Happy Hour (5:00 pm to 7:00 pm) where two alcoholic drinks can be had for the price of one. Of course, those guests in a hurry, needing a quick bite, can easily get salads, breakfast bowls, sandwiches, pasta and baked desserts from Dash, the grab-and-go outlet that is open 24/7.

For those looking for an events venue, the Park Inn by Radisson North EDSA has two versatile spaces that are perfect for intimate gatherings or large events. Its additional advantages are the location, which is right next to the SM City North EDSA shopping complex, the 24-hour transportation service, and free parking.

The hotel may be reached through (02) 7944-1888 or reservations.northEDSA@parkinn.com

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