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February 25, 2024

Switch up to travel, get 70% off at TTE 2023

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30th Travel Tour Expo 2023 chairperson Michelle Taylan (center) with event sponsors (from left) Eugene Aldecoa,PLDT; Paula Marie Navarro, United Airlines; Mellany Montemayor, Union Bank; Fely Ann Salvador, AirSwift; Marissa Dimaano, Philippine Airlines; and, Gel Gomez, Hotel 101

The beginning of the year 2023 bodes well for revenge travelers as the 30th Travel Tour Expo (TTE) celebrates its Pearl Anniversary with hefty discounts on travel and related products.

“As we welcome 2023, we are excited to show the world how far travel and tourism has reached throughout the years. And that we have shown such growth and improvement,” expressed Michelle Taylan, chairperson of 30th Travel Tour Expo 2023.

Organized by the Philippine Travel Agencies Association, 30th TTE’s them ”A Better and Stronger Future is Here”, is expected to further invigorate and push the tourism activities of Filipino travelers in their domestic and international trips with exclusive deals and discounts.

Deals and discounts

To be held on February 3-5 at the SMX Convention Center Manila in Pasay City, the 30th Travel Tour Expo with its twin B2B event, the 8th International Travel Trade Expo 2023, is the most opportune event for travelers to seek bigger and better deals for their travel needs. As much as 70% discount on airfares and other promos will be made available during the 3-day expo.

One noteworthy deal is the hotel gift certificates in Hotel 101 that have no expiry for all the Hotel 101 and Jin Jiang hotels nationwide. Visitors are encouraged to try new adventures and destinations that will be unveiled by the participating travel agencies and tour operators. A wide choice of affordable tours, transportation options and accommodations as well as different payment options that will come in handy for travelers.

“I can say that the 30th pearl anniversary will not only bring a huge economic boost, but will serve as a motivating factor to influence people and encourage travelers to bask onto the world and see what beauty and experience it can offer,” she said.

The Expo has already attracted 1,000 participating booths to occupy all halls of SMX  so organizers are anticipating 80,000-100,000 visitors for the three-day event. More than 300 participating exhibitors with close to a thousand-booth displays.

More flights to book

Philippine Airlines (PAL) and AirSwift have opened new routes to cater to the increased demand brought up by the “revenge travel”.

In December, PAL announced the opening of Manila-Perth routes that will commence on March 27 with 3 weekly flights during Mondays Thursdays and Saturdays. And to link Visayas to Luzon and Mindanao, the airline commenced flights to Baguio, Borongan, and Cotabato to address the pent up demand of domestic travelers as well as adventurous tourists who explore surfing in Eastern Samar.

Following these, Xiamen and Guangzhou have been resumed this month with the opening of China.

Marissa Dimaano, vice president for passengers said, “The resumption of flights to China was mainly because of the reopening of China. It is our number two in tourism arrivals in 2019 so we are hoping with the reopening we will be able to welcome more tourists from China as well as Filipinos who will now be able to visit their relatives and friends in China as well as do business again.”

On the other hand, AirSwift adds more flights to connect Manila to Tablas (3x/week), Coron (4x/week), and to Sicogon (4x/week).

“From El Nido, we now connect island-to-island to major tourist destinations. We have opened routes Coron, Tagbilaran, Cebu, Caticlan and Clark from El Nido—13 flights a day to different destinations,” stated Fely Anne Salvador, AirSwift VP for commercial and airport services.

Asked about Siargao, “We are targeting Siargao. That is next in our plan,” she enthused.

On February 3, the 30th Travel Tour Expo 2023 and 8th International Travel Trade Expo 2023 will formally open at 10am. Expo hours start from 9:30. Entrance tickets are priced at P70. and P50 for seniors.


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