The Department of Tourism (DOT) sends its warmest welcome to the participants of Philippine Travel Exchange (PHITEX) 2019, the country’s biggest and significant travel trade event now on its 18th year.
PHITEX 2019, which is aptly themed “Philippine Tourism: Trailblazing Responsible Travel and Inclusive Growth”, bodes well with the Department’s thrust of creating a culture of sustainble tourism that have now gained traction among tourism stakeholders across the country.
We at the DOT invite the foreign buyers and Philippine sellers of this year’s edition of PHITEX to take part of this endeavor not by just exchanging tourism business but also by exchanging best practices of sustainable tourism and engaging in environmentally responsible business.
Tourism in the Philippines offers a thriving landscape of opportunities. The contribution of the industry amounts to 12.7 percent of the country’s gross domestic product with PHP2.2 trillion Tourism Direct Gross Value Added, and PHP5.4 million employment in 2018.
PHITEX 2019 comes at an auspicious time as buyers and sellers have set their sights on profit and protection of the environment, and innovation of more sustainable tourism trade. It is our hope that this event will help position the Philippines as a center of dynamic tourism business exchange that is both responsible and inclusive at the same time.
Here’s to the 18th year of PHITEX and to the continued success of the tourism industry!