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As diving destinations in the country have begun reopening gradually, the Department of Tourism (DOT) has launched the Philippine International Dive Expo (PHIDEX) online via virtual conferencing. 

PHIDEX, considered the biggest diving exposition in the country, will run  from March 19 to 21, 2021.

This is the second time the Philippine’s largest platform for the diving community is being conducted in an online conference.  The global pandemic has resulted in the event going digital for the first time last year.

The new format, however, will allow the expo to reach more members of the diving community, according to the organizers.

This year’s PHIDEX carries the theme “Our Sea, Our Story”. It aims to raise environmental awareness and discuss solutions into the fast recovery of the diving industry.

“As the Philippines is known around the world for its diving destinations, it is truly important that we do everything we can to sustain the local diving industry. The latest recognition we received was from the 2020 World Travel Awards which named the Philippines as the World’s Leading Dive Destination.  This year’s PHIDEX is a step in the right direction to sustain our gains toward recovery, for all to enjoy the natural wonders our archipelago can provide,” said Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat who formally opened the event.

PHIDEX 2021 will host discussions and talks by a number of prominent international personalities who are experts on the sea.

Some notable names confirmed for the event are California Academy of Sciences Curator Dr. Terry Gosliner, French-British underwater photographer Henley Spiers, Emmy Award-winning husband-and-wife documentary team Howard and Michele Hall, PADI Ambassador and PCSSD Commissioner Bo Mancao, University of the Philippines marine economist and community scientist Tara Abrina, and German underwater photographer Tobias Friedrich, to name a few. Each speaker will be going in depth on topics relevant to the diving industry and the protection of Philippine seas.

Expo participants will be able to view all the lectures and panel discussions on the event website, which will host three stages: the main stage, the expo stage, and the panel stage. The website will also serve as a space for divers and enthusiasts to purchase experiences and equipment from partners and exhibitors, as it will also have a virtual marketplace section called the Dive Travel Exchange, or TRAVEX.

The Philippines is popular destination among divers as it features beautiful, captivating, and interesting dive spots, such as Anilao in Batangas; Panglao, Balicasag and Cabilao in Bohol; Moalboal and Malapascua in Cebu, Coron and Tubbataha in Palawan, Dauin in Negros Oriental; Sipalay in Negros Occidental; Camiguin and Misamis Oriental; Davao; Donsol in Sorsogon; and Ticao Island in Masbate.

For more information and updates on the Philippine International Dive Expo, like PHIDEX on Facebook at facebook.com/DOTdivephilippines, follow @dotdivephilippines on Instagram, or visit www.phidex.asia.

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