Xiamen — The Philippines successfully participated in the China (Xiamen) International Leisure Tourism Expo (CILTE) 2019 held from April 19 to 21 2019 in Fujian Province, particularly in Xiamen, Fuzhou and Quanzhou cities.
It was led by the Philippine Tourism Office in Shanghai (PTO-Shanghai), the Philippine Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) and the Philippine Consulate General in Xiamen.
As a pre-Expo event, PTO-Shanghai organized a Tourism Forum in Fuzhou City attended by its tourism promotion partners and other stakeholders, including Philippine Airlines and Xiamen Airlines.
A Philippine booth showcasing tourist attractions on video screens was featured participating at the Expo. The 90-square meter booth, the biggest among ASEAN countries, provided an information center, a performing stage, video screen walls and business stations of private sector participants.
The booth also included displays and food tasting of Philippine products, including dried mangoes and bananas, fruit juices and beer. Visitors were handed out brochures, bags and T-shirts. Folklorico Filipino Dance Co. performed for the event.
Tourism Attaché Rene Reyes participated in the Tourism Round Table where he featured products for cultural tourism, which provides opportunities for tourists to experience the local culture and way of life, such as pilgrimage tours which would include sight-seeing of various religious architectural designs coupled with experiencing local religious and cultural practices; cultural tourism and environmental protection, and; tourism with responsibility, making sure that tourism would not destroy local cultures and environment for more people to enjoy.
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