Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

ABOUT PHITEX:

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

This year, TPB will again host the hybrid edition of PHITEX 2022 targeting 175 international buyers and 175 local seller companies. 50 international buyers and 50 local seller companies will be attending physically while the rest will be attending virtually. The event will also have the following activities: PHITEX Educational Program (PEP) Talk, and Pre and Post-Conference Tours for Buyers.

PHITEX 2022 will give tourism stakeholders from all over the world opportunities to explore new markets and update global buyers with the latest Philippine tourism offerings in one virtual e-conference environment as well as give a first-hand experience to those attending physically the readiness of Philippine destinations.

PHITEX 2022 will be held on 18-24 October 2022 in Manila.

  • 18 October 2022: Pre-Tour for Buyers and PHITEX Educational Program (PEP) Talk for Sellers
  • 19-20 October 2022: Travel Exchange (TRAVEX)
  • 21-24 October 2022: Post-Tours for the 50 Buyers
  • 26-28 October 2022: Extension of Virtual Networking

 

PARTICIPATION IN THE PHITEX:

PHITEX 2022 Hybrid Edition is open to DOT-accredited suppliers of Philippine tourism products and services and TPB members from the following sectors:

  • Travel agencies/tour operators
  • Accommodations
  • MICE operators
  • Health and wellness
  • Adventure sports providers
  • Travel trade associations
  • Airlines
  • Others (i.e Theme Parks, attractions, museums)

PHITEX 2022 Hybrid Edition is open to the following sectors:

  • Travel agencies/tour operators
  • MICE operators

  • Physical participation is on a first-come, first-served basis subject to the new guidelines set by the TRAVEX screening committee.
  • All succeeding approved registration will be for virtual participation after the 50 slots for buyers and 50 slots for sellers have been filled.
  • The PHITEX Organizing committee requires all physical participants to be fully vaccinated. Booster shots are highly encouraged.

For Sellers:

  1. Duly accomplished online registration form found in this link: (jotform link)
  2. Valid copy of DOT Accreditation Certificate. Those undergoing renewal may submit DOT’s acknowledgment on their application.
  3. TPB member’s certificate
  4. Vaccination Card (for sellers attending physically and have received a confirmation from the PHITEX 2022 Sellers Committee)

 

For Buyers:

  1. Duly accomplished online registration form found in this link: (jotform link)
  2. One Health Pass bar code (for buyers attending physically and have received a confirmation email from the PHITEX 2022 Buyer’s Screening Committee): https://www.onehealthpass.com.ph/

For this year’s PHITEX, each seller company both physical and virtual can register up to two (2) delegates sharing one (1) business appointment schedule.

Below are the Participation Fees for Sellers:

1. Physical Participation:

STATUS PARTICIPATION FEE REBATE*
Delegate Php 10,000.00 Php 2,000.00
Co-Delegate Php   5,000.00 Php 1,000.00

* Rebate is subject to guidelines

2. Virtual Participation: Php 5,000.00

Participation fee is inclusive of a second delegate sharing the same business

appointments and log-in credentials

No rebate for virtual participation

The deadline for registration is on 16 September 2022.

The deadline for the payment of the participation fee is five (5) days upon receipt of confirmation for participation or not later than 31 August 2022.

  • Delegates must upload and update their virtual exhibitor profiles including but not limited to high-resolution company logo, contact details, company profile, delegates’ photo as well as social media accounts.
  • Seller delegates are likewise highly encouraged to submit photos of their properties/products and links to video platforms such as Youtube.
  • A bulletin on the guidelines for the submission of materials for the virtual platform will be sent via email.

The deadline for updating of the profile in virtual platform is on or before 16 September 2022.
The delegates are expected to come in business attire for the PHITEX appointment sessions.

For Sellers, kindly inform the Sellers Committee via email: [email protected], on or before 16 September 2022.

For Buyers, kindly inform the Buyers Committee via email: [email protected], on or before 16 September 2022.

 

Note:  

  • Cancellation is made on or before 16 September 2022, fifty percent (50%) of the Participation Fee will be withheld.
  • Cancellation made beyond 16 September 2022, full payment of the participation fee will be withheld.
  • Last-minute cancellations will affect participation in future TPB events.

Kindly click here: Guidelines on Airfare Reimbursement
No. Sellers are not entitled to any reimbursement of travel expenses.

 

TRAVEX ENTITLEMENTS:

A. The 50 seller companies physically attending the event will have an access to the TRAVEX (physical and/or virtual), PEP Talk, and all official functions.

B. Seller delegate kits for those who will attend physically which include:

 

  1. Access badge for the event;
  2. Directory of Philippine Sellers and International Buyers; and
  3. Business Appointment Schedule

C. The seller companies attending, physically or virtually, will have an access to the PHITEX Virtual Platform.

D. Other marketing efforts that will provide the private sector participants optimal advantage and benefit.

A. Provision for air ticket reimbursement once participation has been confirmed by the PHITEX 2022 Buyer’s Screening Committee. Kindly refer to (link) for the Guidelines on Air Ticket Reimbursement

B. Provision of hotel accommodation during the event;

C. Provision of meals from 18 to 21 October 2022 or until 24 October 2022, if joining the post-conference tours;

D. Provision of Buyer’s delegate kit (for those attending physically) which includes:

 

  1. Access badge for the event;
  2. Directory of Philippine Sellers and International Buyers; and
  3. Business Appointment Schedule

E. Provision of interpreters for the B2B meetings from 1000H-1800H (Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, and Arabic);

F. Invitation to event functions;

G. Option to join the Pre and Post-Conference Tours;

H. Opportunity to attend the PHITEX Educational Program Talk (PEP Talk) if not joining the Pre-Tour on 18 October 2022.

 

ABOUT TRAVEL EXCHANGE (TRAVEX):

The scheduled physical B2B meetings will be done from 1000H to 1800H. Outside this schedule, you may still network with buyers/sellers during the extension of the virtual platform from 26 to 28 October 2022.

At least 24 business appointments per day will be allotted.
Each B2B meeting runs a total of fifteen (15) minutes. Participants will be notified three (3) minutes before the end of each meeting to wrap up the discussion and move to the next appointment.
Kindly wait for your next appointment and accomplish the no-show report.

Sellers are highly encouraged to bring their own promotional materials for the B2B sessions preferably sustainable materials such as digital brochures, maps, and programs.

You may set an appointment with your preferred buyer/seller for the extension virtual networking from 26 to 28 October 2022

 

PARTICIPATION IN THE PHITEX Educational Program (PEP) Talk:

Yes, you may attend the PEPTalk physically as long as you are an approved PHITEX seller.
  • Invited Academe
  • Invited Local Government Units (LGUs)
  • Invited Stakeholders

Note: Participation in the PEPTalk is exclusive of accommodation and travel expenses.

For the list of topics for the PEPTALK, you may refer to this link: PEPTALK TOPICS

 

ABOUT PRE AND POST-CONFERENCE TOURS:

No, only buyers physically attending the event are qualified to participate in the said tours.

The Pre-conference tour is scheduled on 18 October 2022 while the Post-conference tour will be on 21 – 24 October 2022. Details on the tours will be disseminated to the first 50 approved buyer delegates’ registrants via email.

 

Date Destinations
Pre- Conference Tours 18 October 2022 Manila Heritage Tour
Post Conference Tours 21-24 October 2022

·        Ilocos Region

·        Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon (CALABARZON)

·        Negros Oriental – Siquijor

·        Cebu – Bohol

·        Davao

Note: Indicative only. Updated itinerary will be sent through a series of bulletins.

 

HEALTH AND SAFETY REQUIREMENTS

As of 22 June 2022, Metro Manila is under Alert Level 1 which does not require quarantine for fully-vaccinated foreign nationals.  Buyer participants are required to register in the One Health Pass found at this link: https://www.onehealthpass.com.ph/.

 

Note: For further details on Philippine Travel, please visit:

  • https://app.philippines.travel/articles/foreign-tourist-information
  • https://app.philippines.travel/have-a-safe-trip-pinas

General Public Healthcare workers and authorized sectors
QUARANTINE
Asymptomatic close contact** Fully vaccinated Zero (0) days Same
Partially Vaccinated or Unvaccinated At least 14 days from exposure Same
ISOLATION
Asymptomatic confirmed case Fully vaccinated At least 7 days* from positive test (sample collection date) Same

IPCC may shorten up to 5 days if with booster

Partially Vaccinated or Unvaccinated At least 10 days* from positive test (sample collection date) Same
Symptomatic, suspect, probable or confirmed case with MILD symptoms Fully vaccinated At least 7 days* from onset of symptoms Same

IPCC may shorten up to 5 days if with booster

Partially Vaccinated or Unvaccinated At least 10 days* from onset of symptoms Same
Symptomatic, suspect, probable or confirmed case with MODERATE symptoms Regardless of vaccination status At least 10 days* from onset of symptoms Same
Symptomatic, suspect, probable or confirmed case with SEVERE and CRITICAL symptoms Regardless of vaccination status At least 21 days* from onset of symptoms Same
Severely Immunocompromised*** Regardless of vaccination status At least 21 days* from onset of symptoms with negative RT-PCR Same

 

*Isolation can be discontinued upon completion of the required days, provided that, they shall not develop fever for at least 24 hours without the use if any antipyretic medications and shall have improvement of respiratory symptoms. Except for immunocompromised individuals, repeat testing nor medical certification is not required for safe reintegration into the community. Time based isolation is sufficient provided that affected individual remains asymptomatic.

**All asymptomatic close contacts should continue symptom monitoring for 14 days, strict observe MPHS which includes wearing well-fitted masks, physical distancing, among others.

***Includes (1) individuals receiving active chemotherapy for cancer; (2) being within one year out from receiving a hematopoietic stem cell or solid organ transplant; (3) Untreated HIV infection with CD4 <200; (4) Primary Immunodeficiency; (5) Taking immunosuppressive medications (e.g., drugs to suppress rejection of transplanted organs or to treat rheumatologic conditions such as mycophenolate and rituximab); (6) Taking more than 20mg a day of prednisone for more than 14 days; (7) The degree of immunocompromise is determined by the health care provider, and preventive actions are adapted to each individual and situation.

 

Note: Protocols presented may change based on the current Alert Level status of Metro Manila as well as issuances released by the Philippine IATF-MEID. A Safety Plan scenario will be finalized once a specific venue for the event has been selected/awarded.

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