New Philippine consortium

SIX tour operators have banded together to offer the European market Magical Islands Philippines programmes, highlighting new destinations in the country.

Annset Holidays, Baron Travel, Blue Horizons Travel & Tours, Intas Destinations, Marsman Drysdale Travel and TRIPS Travel are selling five six-day/five-night packages from US$693.

The components of the packages can be mixed and matched with other itineraries. Three of the packages feature new destinations, namely Bicol, Puerto Princesa and Apulit Island, and the Northern Coast—Laoag, Vigan, Hundred Islands and Bolinao, Pangasinan.

Serafina Joven, president and general manager of Annset Holidays, said the last time Philippine tour operators formed a consortium for the European market was 11 years ago—Islands Magic Philippines, which offered two 10-night packages.

“We decided not to use the same name because the membership had changed. Last time, we had Rajah Tours Philippines. This time around, we have Blue Horizons Travel & Tours in its place,” said Joven.

By Ollie Quiniquini

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