Diving in Panglao, Bohol. Photo credit: Instagram User Cao Yang @cy99600

From October 9 to 11, the Department of Tourism (DOT) will host the second Philippine International Dive Expo (PHIDEX), but this time it will be through a digital platform.

As it goes online, PHIDEX will bring more dive enthusiasts, industry professionals, and renowned experts in a single online platform, according to Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.

DOT hosted the first PHIDEX in the seaside complex of Conrad Hotel in September last year.  The three-day convention gathered renowned diving experts, scientists, marine conservationists, international dive buyers, and underwater photographers and videographers, who shared ideas and information centering on sustainable diving practices.

Puyat said all components of the online version of PHIDEX 2020 are free, as a way of support to the diving community during this period.

The Virtual Marketplace and Dive TRAVEX will be free of charge for all DOT and Philippine Commission on Sports Scuba Diving (PCSSD) accredited establishments, while the Dive Conference and Panel Discussions will be live streamed through social media networking sites.

The Virtual Marketplace and Dive TRAVEX will be free of charge for all DOT and Philippine Commission on Sports Scuba Diving (PCSSD) accredited establishments, while the Dive Conference and Panel Discussions will be live streamed through social media networking sites.

The Marketplace is a virtual exhibition floor that can accommodate over 100 exhibitors offering the latest deals, dive holiday packages, and promos from different dive resorts, dive operators, dive shops, dive centers, dive equipment and underwater photography gear dealers, and dive training agencies.

While Dive Travel Exchange (TRAVEX) is a Business-to-Business (B2B) networking program via online video conferencing to be attended by at least 100 dive agents, dive operators, and dive club leaders from established key and opportunity markets such as the United States, Canada, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, UAE, South Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia through algorithm-based matchmaking for business leads generation. 

“As part of the DOT’s initiative to move tourism events to a safer digital space, the virtual PHIDEX will also eliminate geographical barriers, reduce travel expenses, and continue to establish the Philippines as the region’s dive travel business hub,” Puyat added.

Diving is a key tourism market segment in the Philippines, which boasts of rich marine biodiversity that has been recognized by prominent dive publications and marine experts.

The Philippines was recently named as the Best Overseas Diving Area (Overseas Category) at the Marine Diving Awards 2020 in Tokyo, Japan following the World’s Leading Dive Destination citation in 2019 by the World Travel Awards.

Interested participants may pre-register for the online platform through the following links:

1. Exhibitors / Local Sellers: https://bit.ly/PHIDEX20MarketplacePreReg

2. International Buyers: https://bit.ly/PHIDEX20BuyerPreReg

3. Media: https://bit.ly/PHIDEX20MediaPreReg

Pre-registered participants will be given early access to the platform on October 1, 2020. The PHIDEX Marketplace will be active from October 1 to December 31, 2020, while the Dive TRAVEX and Dive Conference components will run from October 9 to 11, 2020.

For more information regarding the PHIDEX activities, interested parties may e-mail phidex@tourism.gov.ph.

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