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Philippines to host ATF 2016 in Manila
  • November 2015

35th edition of ASEAN Travel Forum (ATF) returns to the Philippines after a decade. Host city Manila - the capital city of Philippines is all set to welcome more than 1,600 international delegates including ministerial officials, exhibitors, buyers, media and other travel industry professionals from some 50 countries for the week-long event.

Manila’s Entertainment City will be home to key ATF activities including the 3-day TRAVEX travel trade mart from January 20 to 22, 2016. This gaming and entertainment district is one of Manila’s latest attractions, and features the capital’s premier SMX Convention Center and a selection of the World’s top hospitality brands such as Conrad, City of Dreams, Solaire and Resorts World, conveniently located within walking distance of one another. The Manila Eye, a gigantic ferris wheel observatory is also part of the district’s iconic landscape.

Mr. Ramon R. Jimenez Jr., Secretary of Tourism, Philippines said; “The Department of Tourism (DOT) is honored and proud of the Philippines’ hosting of ATF 2016. To all the delegates, we welcome you to our home, the Philippines. We hope that beyond the conference walls of this meeting, you experience our country in different ways—from our diverse natural wonders to our rich cultural heritage and the warmth of the Filipino people. And while this forum will allow for the exchange of ideas for the progress of our economies, we also hope that these meetings will build stronger friendships between our nations.’’

The ATF 2016 secretariat has already started the initial rounds of stringent validations to identify real buyers from across the globe and eligible buyers have started receiving hosting invitations since July 15, 2015. More invitations will be sent over the coming weeks as the ATF Host Committee gets ready to host a total of 400 buyers and 100 media delegates from more than 50 countries.

 All hosted delegates have been qualified for their interest and potential in procuring ASEAN destination travel products and services. Insights from buyer applicants indicate that procurement objectives are diverse.

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