17 February 2020 - 23 Shevat 5780 - כ"ג שבט ה' אלפים תש"פ
Large presence for the Philippines at tourism event in Tel Aviv E-mail

Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Secretary of the Philippine Department of Tourism, opened her country’s pavilion at the 25th International Mediterranean Tourism Market (IMTM) in Tel Aviv on 12 February.

This was the fourth time that the Philippine Department of Tourism had participated in the IMTM. This year, the Philippines had the largest booth in the annual travel fair, with representatives of 15 Philippine travel agencies and hotels.

“The Department of Tourism will promote sustainable tourism and invites Israelis to visit the country to experience its culinary tourism, heirloom recipes and slow-food process, rich cultural diversity, and exciting eco-tourism activities,” said Secretary Romulo-Puyat at the event’s opening ceremony. “Israeli tourist arrivals to the Philippines reached 20,343 in 2018, with 16.66% growth from 2017. The 20,000 mark was achieved, despite the closure of Boracay for six months. This proves that beyond the perfect sunsets and the natural beauty of our 7,600 islands, the caring, friendly and hospitable nature of Filipinos has always been the main reason why our people are close to the hearts of Israelis, and why they keep coming back to the Philippines,” said Philippine Ambassador to Israel Neal Imperial.

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