Philippines plans fun events for PTM 2012 delegates

The Department of Tourism and Tourism Promotions Board of the Philippines have announced new attractions for delegates that are attending the PATA Travel Mart (PTM2012).

The two departments said that they have created exclusive tour itineraries for delegates who are planning to attend the event, which is to be hosted in Manila, Philippines between September 25 and September 28.

It was announced that the tours would either be complementary or discounted, and each tour is claimed to offer in-depth insight into the natural resources, heritage and culture of the Philippines. The packages will also offer a lot of fun features.

PATA CEO, Martin J Craigs, said, ‘It is exciting for PATA to return to Manila, the birthplace of the first ever PATA Travel Mart in 1978. PTM is a great platform to showcase its national campaign, It’s more fun in the Philippines. After the Mart, we want buyers, sellers and media get out and about and experience the many wonderful things that the Philippines have to offer.’

The tours will consist of a pre-complimentary half-day visit to Old and New Manila.

Visitors to Old Manila can visit Rizal Park and historic Fort Santiago, a Spanish bastion known for its World War II lineage. The bastion also contains memorabilia of Philippine’s national hero, Dr Jose Rizal. They can also visit Intramuros, the original city founded by the Spaniards centuries ago, and they can explore the National Museum that houses natural history exhibits and prehistoric ethnic collections.

Delegates taking the New Manila tour will visit Nayong Pilipino where they can acquaint themselves with various kinds and breeds of orchids. They can also watch a cultural presentation by the lagoon featuring Muslim dances. This tour will also cover the business district, Makati, and the Ayala Museum, which is known for its handcrafted dioramas. The museum also houses exhibits that depict the earliest Filipino settlements and the national struggle for independence.