Preparations for the biggest and much-awaited travel event of the year shifts to high gear as exhibitors get ready for the TravelTour Expo 2003. Organized by the Philippine Travel Agencies Association, in cooperation with the Department of Tourism, the 3-day travel fair unfolds on Feb. 7, 8 & 9 at Megatrade Halls 1 & 2 of the SM Megamall with 250 booths showcasing the industry’s finest tourist destinations, products and services both from the international and domestic travel market.
Now on its 10th year, TTE 2003 will have the theme “Bringing You The World” and promises to be another big event, as all participating airlines, hotels, resorts and cruise liners are coming up with their own special tour packages and unique promotional gimmicks to entice the travel-savvy public. Visitors can look forward to loads of amazing travel discounts, fabulous raffle prizes and thus a host of challenging and fun-filled activities, such as Embassy forums, entertainment & games, and cultural presentations .
Among those who have signed up for TTE 2003 are International Pavilion Exhibitors – Abacus, Airborn e 7, Amadeus Phils., Ark Travel Express, Inc., Asia Pacific Chartering/Jet Airways, Assist Card, Baron Travel, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, China Travel, China National Tourist Office, Chrislink, Continental Air, Cruise Professional, Cruise Ship Travel, Eidref Travel, Eva Air, Galileo, Garuda Indonesia, Gulf Air, Holland America Line, Horizon Travel, IMEX International Travel & Tours, ISI Travel Corp, Hong Kong Tourist Board, Japan Airlines, Las Palmas Tour, Macau Government Tourist Office, Malaysia Airlines, Malaysia Tourism, Nexus/The Marvels of Travel, Marco Polo Hotel, Northwest Airlines, Pan Pacific Travel, Panda Travel Service, Inc., Philscan Travel & Tours, Rajah Travel & Tours, Reli Tours & Travel, Royal Brunei Airlines, Shroff International, Singapore Airlines, Spanish Tourism Board, Star Cruises, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Thai Airways, Top Vacation, Transnational Travel & Tours, Tri C’s Travel, Uni Orient, Universal Holidays In., Win Travel and Win Link Travel.
Participants for the Domestic Pavilion are Air Philippines, Asian Spirit, Bayview Park Hotel, Blue Cross, Buri Beach, Cebu Pacific, CenCorp, Club Panoly, CP Treasures of the Orient, Crystal Paradise Resort – Palawan, Discovery Suites, Elephant World, Enchanted Kingdom, Horizon Edsa Hotel, Hilton Tower, Legend Int’l Resorts, Lexber Holidays Int’l, Manor Hotel, Nasugbu Tourism Council, Marikina Tourism Office, Ocean Adventure, Olongapo City Council, Pearl of the Pacific, Phil. Tourism Authority, Phil. Retirement Authority, Residence Inn, Sampaguita Vacation, Sea Wind Resort, Shangri-La Mactan, Subic Bay Int’l, Sun Cruises, Sunrise Holiday, Sun Village Resort Boracay, and The Barcelo Hotels and Resorts.
A showcase of travel-related products and services await visitors at the Travel and Shop section reserved by the Asian Art Center, Binas Handicraft, City Office Equipment, ELP Shellcraft Center, Explore Phils., Fenor Trading, Getzon, Hanimah Pearl, Hinagbuan Cebu’s Product, Manila Cigars Inc.-Tabaquiera de Filipina, Marjorie’s Best, PAGCOR, Precy’s Creation, Sage Corp., Sulu Handicraft, Tatak Filipinas, Taytan, United Tourist Promotion and Zambrox Corp.
Relentless in their efforts to rev-up Tourism in the country, the organizers led by Chairperson Annette Feliciano and Co-Chairman Ricky Ordoñez are bent on setting up a new benchmark for TTE 2003. Some 52,000 people are expected to show up this year with on-site sales expected to hit R75 million.
TTE 2003 is made possible by its major sponsors Philippine Airlines, the official carrier BPI, the official credit card, Amadeus Marketing, WG&A Superferry, Globe Handyphone, and Brain Computer Corp., and is supported by its media partners – Air Sea Guide, Foreign Post, Joey 92.3 FM, Angel Radio DZAR and Trav el Update Philippines.