FAQs

The Philippine Travel Exchange (PHITEX) is the biggest government-organized travel trade event in the country.

Same as last year, PHITEX 2021 will be hybrid and will again give opportunities to tourism stakeholders from all over the world to explore new opportunities and markets as well as update global buyers with the latest Philippine tourism offerings in one virtual e-conference environment.

PHITEX 2021 will be held on 19-23 September 2021 in Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

PHITEX 2021 aims to showcase the travel and tour protocols implemented in Subic Bay Freeport Zone through private and public sector partnership and collaboration. This will create a benchmark in raising the standard of service being offered by destinations post-COVID in response to the country’s health and safety protocols. In return, the event will help jumpstart the province’s tourism industry and thereby improve the economy of Subic Bay Freeport Zone, bringing back livelihood and economic movement.

No, buyers will join PHITEX 2021 from their respective countries. B2B meetings will be done virtually via PHITEX platform.

Yes, the participation in PHITEX 2021 is free of charge.

PHITEX 2021 Hybrid Edition is open to DOT-accredited suppliers of Philippine tourism products and services and TPB members from the following sectors:

  • Airlines
  • Destination Management Companies
  • Hotels & Resorts
  • Incentive Tour Operators and Suppliers
  • Travel Agencies/Tour Operators

On-site participation is on a first come, first serve, pre-registration basis. The first 50 seller delegates may join physically in Subic Bay Freeport Zone while the remaining 50 seller delegates may participate online.

Accommodation Establishments are required to submit a VALID copy of the DOT Accreditation Certificate only. Tour Operators and Accommodation Establishments whose DOT Accreditation have expired are required to submit a copy of the DOT’s acknowledgement reply on their application for renewal.

    Below are the Seller Entitlements:
  1. Access to the PHITEX Virtual Platform, which includes pre-scheduled appointments, speed networking, and webinars
  2. Participation in the PHITEX Post-Tours on September 22, 2021 for one delegate per company (first 50 seller delegates who will join physically in Subic Bay Freeport Zone only)
  3. Amenities or privileges extended for one delegate (e.g., accommodation, meals, tours and transportation on specified routes)
  4. Seller delegates kit

For this year’s PHITEX, each seller company can register up to one (1) delegate only.

A maximum of 15 pre-arranged meetings per day is scheduled. Schedule of activities can also be found on the platform.

The scheduled B2B meetings will be done from 0930H to 1800H. Outside this schedule, you may still communicate with buyers/sellers via the chat function to set your own meeting time.

The B2B meetings are scheduled for twenty (20) minutes each. Participants will be notified three (3) minutes before the end of each meeting to wrap up the discussion.

Should the Seller still have an open schedule, they may opt to directly message their desired buyer/seller to set an appointment via the chat features of the platform. During the B2B appointment schedule, a “Lounge” will be kept open for speed networking with no prior or current appointments. Seller may socialize with other buyer and seller delegates using this feature. The time allotted for each meeting is only fifteen (15) minutes.

Delegates must upload and update their virtual exhibitor profile including but not limited to profile photo (high-resolution logo), contact details, delegate’s photo, company profile, and social media accounts. Seller delegates are likewise highly encouraged to submit photos of their properties/products and YouTube links of company videos. A bulletin on the guidelines for the submission of materials for the virtual platform will be sent via email.

Each Seller company, especially those who have offices in Manila, are encouraged to send one (1) representative to join PHITEX 2021 in Subic Bay Freeport Zone. This is on a first come, first served basis for 50 seller delegates.

Yes, you may still join PHITEX 2021 virtually in the comfort of your home/office.


FOR SELLER PARTICIPANTS WHO WILL ATTEND THE B2B MEETINGS AND POST-TOUR IN SUBIC BAY FREEPORT ZONE
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Only one (1) representative per Seller Company is allowed to join the trip to Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

TPB will shoulder all the Subic Bay Freeport Zone ground arrangements for the Seller delegates who will be joining the trip (accommodation, meals, on-ground transportation, RT-PCR swab test before the event, post-tour)

We highly encourage you to bring laptop for the B2B sessions instead of using tablets and other mobile devices.

No. Quarantine upon arrival in Subic Bay Freeport Zone is not required.

No, Seller delegates will be requested to stay in their respective rooms during the B2B sessions.

Yes, RT-PCR Test before the event is required. Details on the RT-PCR swab testing will be disseminated to on-site Seller delegates via email.

TPB will shoulder the cost of the RT-PCR swab testing for the Seller delegates going to Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

The target date for the RT-PCR swab testing is on 16 September 2021.

The RT-PCR swab testing will be conducted in Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC) located in Quezon Avenue cor. Agham Road, Quezon City. Seller delegates will be requested to go directly to PCMC on the scheduled date of swab testing.

No, there will be no more RT-PCR Swab Testing after the event. However, delegates will be advised to do home quarantine upon arrival from Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

The Post Tour will be on 22 September 2021. Details on Post Tours will be disseminated to the first 50 approved delegates seller registrants via email.

Each seller delegate will be staying in Subic Bay Freeport Zone for six (6) days on 18-23 September 2021.

None. There will be no more RT-PCR Swab Testing after the event. However, delegates will be advised to do home quarantine upon arrival from Subic Bay Freeport Zone.

Everyone is expected to stay in Subic Bay Freeport Zone for approximately 6 days. The delegate will shoulder all expenses following any changes in his/her return to Manila/origin destination.

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