Diving & Resort Travel Expo 2015 – Manila, Philippines
After making waves in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Taiwan, the Diving, Resort, and Travel (DRT) Expo has made its way to the Philippine shores. Deemed to be the largest international diving and resort expo in Asia and the Pacific, the Diving & Resort Travel Expo Manila 2015 ran from 11-13 September 2015 at the SM MegaMall’s MegaTrade Hall in Ortigas, attended by dive industry professionals, marine scientists and conservationists, and travel enthusiasts alike.
Supported by the Philippine Department of Tourism, (PDOT), Tourism Promotions Board Philippines (TPBP), and the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), the three-day exposition featured business-to-business meetings, underwater photo exhibits and keynote presentations by renowned underwater photographers, and top-level exhibitors, from dive and water sport equipment manufacturers to diving resorts and organizations, all geared towards a niche market for the marine life devotees.
Hosted by celebrity actress and host, Issa Litton, the opening ceremony took place on 11 September 2015. Given that it’s the first year of the Diving, Resort, and Travel Expo in the Philippines, the ceremony commenced with a presentation of different Philippine folk dances by the Folklorico Filipino Dance Company, exhibiting to the foreign guests and speakers a tinge of the warm and vibrant Filipino culture.
The attendees were then welcomed by Diving, Resort, and Travel Expo CEO and EZ Dive Magazine Publisher, Mr. Jason Chong, TIEZA Assistant COO, Mr. Jethro Lozada, TPBP COO, Mr. Domingo Ramon Enerio III, and PDOT Secretary, Mr. Ramon Jimenez Jr.
Being an archipelago teeming with rich marine life, the DRT Expo serves a venue to underscore the significance of responsible and environmentally-friendly diving, and the conversation of the country’s biodiversity.
With a roster of prominent underwater photographers and cinematographers from all corners of the globe, the DRT Expo provided its attendees with a series of enriching workshops and seminarsthroughout the exposition. From shooting in black or blue lighting and underwater macro photography techniques to sharing diving experiences, renowned speakers Amanda Cotton, Jerome Kim, Scott Gutsy Tuason, and the like had a thing or two on the underwater life to impart to the guests of the expo.
Following the series of talks, the guests were in for a treat as the DRT Expo concluded with a lucky draw for all attendees as hosted by Gameplan host, Julian Rodriguez. With minor prizes like diving gears and shirts to major prizes ranging from introduction to diving courses and trips to Bohol and Busuanga to gadgets like a brand new iPhone 6, it was the perfect conclusion to a successful and fun-filled weekend only proving that it’s truly more fun in the Philippines.
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