The Secretary

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MESSAGE FROM THE SECRETARY

On behalf of the Department of Tourism (DOT), we welcome all of the participants of the 14th Philippine Travel Exchange (PHITEX). Our warmest congratulations to the organizers for a successful event!

Since 2001, PHITEX has successfully provided a platform for Philippine M.I.C.E. (Meetings, Incentive Travel, Conventions, and Exhibitions/Events) professionals to showcase and trade their products and services in the international market. Through this, our country can also be known as a world-class MICE destination in Asia, where major global events can be held.

Moreover, PHITEX has become an excellent opportunity for our local sellers to build lasting business relationships with foreign buyers. It is a perfect venue for our international investors to encounter and experience the country for themselves as well through the post-tours available. Indeed with our exceptional destinations, rich culture, and warm people, the Philippines can be a haven for travelers and a place of possibilities for investors.

We are deeply grateful for everyone’s support and cooperation here and in abroad in highlighting the best things about our country by taking part in our Visit the Philippines Year 2015 campaign. In recent years, the Philippine tourism industry experienced unprecedented growth in tourism revenue and employment, as a result of increased tourism activities in our country. Our combined effort has indeed benefitted millions of Filipinos across industries.

With your support, we certainly hope that this growth continues into 2016 and beyond. We look forward to your unceasing cooperation and engagement as we go on designing and implementing programs that will inspire more people to see and promote the beauty of the Philippines and realize why it  here.

Mabuhay!

RAMON R. JIMENEZ, JR.
Secretary