Dive Region 10 Showcased on the Philippine Dive Travel Mart

10 September 2018

This significant event is a gathering of all DOT accredited dive operators and resorts from all over the country to bring dive tourism in the Philippines to a whole new level. Hundreds of international and local diving enthusiasts were welcomed to the 4th edition of Diving Resorts and Travel (DRT) at the SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City on September 7-9, 2018. This one highlight activity for the year aims to showcase and promote the country as a world class dive destination, not to mention the participation of international dive operators as buyers for the business to business partnership, together with our local and international tourists.

At least 26 countries participated as represented by 45 local exhibitors and sellers, 58 international buyers, and 12 international media, featuring the latest technology in underwater photography, snorkeling and diving gears, and business-to-business (B2B) opportunities for the sellers, which according to organizers, generated about 1,638 business leads.

Department of Tourism Sec. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat expressed her confidence regarding the international exposure the Philippines will make as a globally-competitive diving destination, with the country's rich marine bio-diversity acknowledged by experts as the richest in the world. "We have it all, from the rarest and smallest critters to the largest pelagic fish, colorful reefs, and many others. So whether you're looking for a relaxing fun dive, honing your photography skills, doing technical or cave dives, or training to free dive, we invite you to take on our dive sites," said Puyat.

(Mr. Vladimir Elazagui shares his experience diving in Region 10 )

In line with this, the Department of Tourism - Region 10 joins the DRT Show 2018, with Vladimir Elazagui from Scuba de Oro showcasing what Diving in Region 10 is all about. Elazegui highlighted the Region's best diving spots found in Agutayan Marine Sanctuary, Duka Bay, and the Island of Camiguin. Elazegui urges to promote sustainable dive tourism in the Region, making sure that the natural biodiversity will not be destroyed as tourists grow each day.

Elazegui also addresses the need for responsible urban development and farm expansions with the rapid siltation happening on Macajalar Bay. "If we don't curve what we are doing right now, in less than 10 years, we will lose Agutayan. The once white sand found in one of the dive sites is now replaced with silt. It's sad. No matter how good you protect the area, if you don't take care of the mountains, then it's the same thing." said Elazegui. Conservation and development should go hand in hand to mitigate the effects happening in Macajalar Bay.

DOT 10 also joined the DRT Show's Business-to-Business (B2B) opportunity, bringing to the table Region 10's accredited dive resorts, Duka Bay Resort and Mantangale-Alibuag Resort. Kurma Dive Into Spirit from Camiguin also joined DOT 10's table for the B2B.