International expo dives back into Philippines

Back in the blue: PHIDEX is a showcase of the Philippines' readiness to bring dive industry experts and businesses together again in Manila.

PHIDEX integrates a Dive Travel Exchange (TRAVEX), a B2B meeting programme for local and international dive operators, a dive conference and seminars, and an exhibition tradeshow.
PHIDEX integrates a Dive Travel Exchange (TRAVEX), a B2B meeting programme for local and international dive operators, a dive conference and seminars, and an exhibition tradeshow. Photo Credit: GettyImages/ vladoskan

The Philippine International Dive Expo (PHIDEX) will plunge back into action this year from 19 to 21 August at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay, Manila, welcoming the return of international and local dive experts, tour operators, and partner dive businesses.

Organised by the Philippines Department of Tourism (DOT), the expo's third edition will feature a hybrid format and continues the diving community's narratives of conservation, community, and convergence.

At least 100 local and international dive buyers and media from the Philippines, the US, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, South Korea, Japan, Thailand and Singapore, are expected to attend.

According to the DOT, PHIDEX is the only dive show in the world that integrates a Dive Travel Exchange (TRAVEX), a B2B meeting programme for local and international dive operators, a dive conference and seminars, and an exhibition tradeshow. In addition, the expo includes familiarisation tours to top and emerging Philippine dive destinations, such as Anilao, Bohol, Camiguin, Coron, Dumaguete, Malapascua, Moalboal, Puerto Galera, Southern Leyte, and Ticao Island.

Segments such as Dive TRAVEX and Dive Conference will be accessible online for participants.

“The entry of international travellers is a welcome development that will lead to growth in the travel and tourism sector, restoration of jobs, and the generation of much-needed revenue for tourism-related enterprises and communities. We are optimistic that these economic benefits will also extend to dive destinations around the country," said tourism development undersecretary Woodrow C. Maquiling, Jr.

"The country remains a leading dive destination, which tourists all over the world are eager to visit after a long wait of two years.”



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