The week-long familiarisation trip will be the first of its kind on this scale, with a selection of almost 50 travel agents ranging from large consolidators, OTAs and dive specialists to luxury leisure boutique agencies.
Attendees will travel on PAL’s regular scheduled daily flight from London Heathrow, arriving in Manila on March 27th ahead of a tour of the capital, taking in the Spanish-colonial era walled city of Intramuros, followed by a business-to-business networking session to meet with the local tourism industry and a welcome dinner in the evening. The group will then split into four, with the first itinerary going to Boracay and Cebu, the second to Cebu and Bohol, the third to Puerto Princessa and El Nido with the last group visiting Dumaguete and Puerto Galera for diving. Each trip will be accompanied by representatives from PAL and the PDOT.
David Cochrane, Country Manager for PAL UK & Ireland said, ‘As we journey to becoming a 5-star carrier, Philippine Airlines is incredibly proud to be taking our agents to discover the beautiful destinations we serve, via our Manila hub. Since launching non-stop daily flights in June last year, it’s been easier than ever to reach The Philippines, and beyond, via our network. This trip will be a great opportunity not only to showcase PAL’s products and services, but to also demonstrate just how accessible the country is and all it has to offer.’
Gerard O’Panga, Tourism Attaché and Director for Northern and Southern Europe for the Philippines said, ‘more and more British travellers are visiting the Philippines through our direct and convenient daily flight service from London Heathrow to Manila on Philippine Airlines. This ‘Mega-fam’ will enable our partner tour operators to have more Philippine specialists and to expand their product offerings by experiencing first-hand the attractions of the destinations and engage directly with the local tourism suppliers. We look to build on this significant trip with future joint-promotional activities with our travel trade partner agents to entice more of their clientele to visit the country.’