Philippines promotes health tourism with Australian roadshow

The Philippine Department of Tourism (DoT) Australia/NZ, recently hosted the inaugural Dental, Wellness & Aesthetics Tourism Roadshow across Australia to showcase the opportunities the Philippines has to offer.

The event kicked off in Perth on September 18, followed by Melbourne on September 20, Brisbane on September 21, and ended in Sydney on September 22-23.

Suppliers and attendees at the Sydney Roadshow event, held at View by Sydney, Walsh Bay

Travel consultants and buyers in the health and wellness tourism space were invited to product presentations of the Dental, Wellness & Aesthetics Tourism Portfolio followed by a two-course lunch accompanied by updates from the Philippine DoT. Attendees at each event also had the opportunity to win prizes including holidays to the Philippines, courtesy of national carrier Philippine Airlines as well as accommodation and service suppliers who participated in the event.

During the week-long event, Philippine suppliers and Australian buyers met face-to-face to create mutually beneficial business relationships

In addition, Philippines’ singer-songwriter David Mercado played host and kept guests entertained with his music.

Tourism attaché, Purification Molintas, from the Philippine DoT said: “The Philippines have always been a popular travel destination among Australians, and we are glad it’s gaining traction for Health & Wellness Tourism as well. The roadshow was the perfect opportunity to truly show what the Philippines and its suppliers have to offer Australian buyers.”

“The inaugural roadshow in Australia was a huge success and really highlights the importance of creating awareness and opportunities for suppliers to meet with Australian buyers. We look forward to expanding on this success for next year, and we are already working hard to make it bigger and better,” commented Paulo Benito Tugbang, director for health and wellness tourism from the Philippine DoT.

The roadshow ended on a high note at the private banquet dinner on Saturday, with Philippine suppliers engaging with the Filipino community at the famous Misc. Restaurant in Parramatta.

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