Quoting Tourism Secretary Joseph Ace Durano, it said scuba diving is being touted as the new love for Europeans coming to the Philippines. “We decided to focus on one product – scuba diving, and revived alliances
with airlines like Qatar Airways. Now, the biggest travel wholesalers in Germany and France have started carrying the Philippines again,” said Durano.
He added that the country now stands an equal chance with Maldives in attracting divers. Jose Clemente III, President of the Philippine Travel Agencies Association said the country has now become more competitive and appealing than some of its South East Asian neighbours. This he attributed to the Philippines still remaining unexplored, “specially to many jaded tourists who have been to traditional places like Thailand and Bali several times”.
“The hard core divers know that the Philippines is one of the best, if not the best diving destination. On so many occasions, I have heard divers from all over the world say that the best dive sites they have found are here in the country. It’s not in the Maldives or Australia, but in Tubbataha, Palawan, Anilao, Bohol,Puerto Galera, Apo island in Negros Oriental and a lot more,” Clemente was quoted saying The Department of Tourism is planning aggressive promotions in France and Germany.