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DOT joins BIMP-EAGA Travex highlighting Mindanao and Palawan PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 31 October 2007

Beach in Sabang, Puerto PrincesaMANILA – The country’s pristine beaches and other famous tourist spots will take center stage at the 3rd Travel Exchange of the Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines - East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA Travex) on November 1.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) will join the event that will run until November 4 at the Permata Exhibition Center in Kuching Sarawak, Malaysia.

“Our participation is in keeping with our commitment to cooperate in activities that will promote economic growth in East Asia and foster goodwill among our neighbors,” Tourism Secretary Joseph Ace Durano said in a statement.

He said the event is part of the BIMP-EAGA’s thrust to jointly promote Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines as a single, exciting destination to the global travel market.

The department expects to strengthen its relations between BIMP-EAGA member nations and help establish business linkages among the private sector participants during the four-day meet.

“This is a venue for us to learn from the experiences of other countries, share what we know and ultimately identify new opportunities that will bring in business into the region,” Durano said. Secretary Joseph Durano (Photo: wowphilippines.com.ph)

The Philippine pavilion will feature the varied nature, adventure, diving, golf, leisure and cultural attractions of Mindanao and Palawan. A sampling of Philippine delicacies will also be served to exhibit guests.

The Hinugyaw Cultural Dance Troupe of Koronadal City and the Bislig City Government Employees Singing Society will offer visitors a sampling of Philippine music and dance as they perform on the special Philippine Day set on November 2.

The Hinugyaw Cultural Dance Troupe is one of Koronadal City’s leading and most-travelled performing groups.

Top Filipino fashion designer Renee Salud will join other artists from Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia and Malaysia at a fashion show to be staged at Crowne Plaza Riverpark Hotel. Salud will present the unique and intricate cloth weaving heritage of the Philippine islands with a contemporary twist.

A regional food fest will be set up at the same venue. Two chefs from the Marco Polo Davao will prepare a savory and sweet spread featuring the different flavours and cooking traditions of Philippine cuisine.

Tour operators, resorts and hotels, golf and leisure clubs, convention and events organizers, airlines and cruise lines from East Asia are set to attend the BIMP-EAGA Travex. (PNA)

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