3-day travel expo in Cebu

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BANKING on the so-called revenge travel, the Cebu Tours and Travel Association (CTTA) is mounting a three-day travel expo in June this year to entice Filipinos to resume their travel plans here and abroad.

With the theme: “Explore the World Again,” the Cebu Travel Catalogue International (CTCI) is slated from June 10 to 12, 2022 at the Activity Center of the Ayala Center Cebu. It will be participated by at least 50 exhibitors composed of various travel agencies, airlines, hotels and other tourism-related businesses.

Angelita “Baby” Dy, CTTA vice president and chairperson of CTCI 2022, in a press conference Monday, May 30, 2022, said aside from the discounted tour and travel packages, the three-day travel show will also have a business-to-business presentation among industry stakeholders and a travel auction whose proceeds will be used to support the various corporate social responsibility projects of CTTA that will benefit select public schools in Cebu.

The organizer of the travel show will sell best packages for countries like Turkey, Europe, Thailand, Vietnam, USA, Singapore, Korea, Japan and Israel or basically those countries that have reopened their borders to leisure tourists, said Shiela Colmenares, CTTA’s secretary.

But of these countries, Turkey and Singapore are the top favorite destinations among Cebuanos abroad.

Cookie Chan, public relations officer of CTTA, said this is because these two countries have further eased the entry of foreign tourists into their borders. Also, she noted that the new breed of travelers post-pandemic now highly consider countries that are open to accepting foreign guests and those that scrap travel requirements like antigen or RT-PCR tests, especially to fully vaccinated plus boostered tourists.

In the domestic front, Alice Queblatin, president of Cebu Alliance of Tour Operations Specialists (Catos), said the travel show will also promote Region 7 as a hub, highlighting the various tourism products of Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental and Siquijor provinces.

But other popular local destinations will also be highlighted like Palawan, specifically El Nido and Puerto Princesa, Boracay Island and Siargao Island.

“Filipinos have been hungry to travel especially since they haven’t been really out and spending money in the past two years,” said Marget Villarica, vice president of Catos.

Chan hopes this three-day travel show will once again ignite the interest of people to explore the world again.

“We hope that this is the start to get tourism back,” she said.

Chan is optimistic that travel and tourism is on the rebound now following the positive outcome of the group’s recent tour to Turkey where they facilitated a 100 guests already.

“We initially made packages tailored-fit for small groups but when we started marketing it, we saw a big demand (of Filipinos interested to join the tour),” she said.

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