THIS year’s Travel Tour Expo (TTE) is the biggest in its 25 years existence as it occupies the entire SMX Convention Center — 16,230-square meters of exhibition space — in Pasay City. It runs from Feb. 9 to 11.
Expo has close to 400 exhibitors — 28 airlines, 133 hotels and resorts, 94 travel agencies, five cruise lines, and seven theme parks around the world.
The Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) said in a press release that they are expecting around 140,000 people to troop to the convention center over the weekend in search of deals over the weekend.
“Year after year, our countrymen have come to know the TTE as the venue where they were able to book their travels for an entire year. The expo [has] impacted the way Filipinos plan their travel,” Marlene Dado Jante, PTAA president and TTE 2018 chairperson, said during the exposition’s launch on Feb 8 at the Conrad Hotel Manila.
Aside from the expo at the first floor of the convention center, the PTAA will also hold its third International Travel Trade Expo, its business-to-business program, this weekend.
Ms. Jante said in her message that they will be joined by 84 sellers from 16 countries and by more than 250 travel agency buyers from the all over the country for the trade expo.
“[TTE] has allowed our people to become more sophisticated in choosing their travel program, designing their itinerary, planning ahead for vacation, and even selecting destinations,” Rolando Canizal, undersecretary of the Department of Tourism said during his keynote address at the launch.
The 25th Travel Tour Expo runs from Feb. 9 to 11 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. and the fair runs until 8 p.m. General admission tickets are P70 per person while senior citizen rates is P50. — Zsarlene B. Chua
“Courtesy of Business World”