Record traffic seen at travel expo

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The Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) is looking again to break foot traffic record when it holds the 26th edition of the Travel Tour Expo (TTE) this year.

Considered as the country’s biggest annual travel and tourism event, the TTE is set to open its doors on 8 February at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City with more than 135,000 Filipinos expected to troop to the three-day event.

TTE 2019 organizing committee chairperson Marlene Dado Jante said the TTE has earned the reputation as the one-stop shop for everyone’s travel needs.

“Over the years, the TTE has become synonymous with great travel deals and we aim to keep that as we open the expo in February.  Everything that our countrymen needs for their travels in 2019 will be at the expo,” Jante said.

She added: “We have always set the bar high for the expo.  Every year, we try to come out with new innovations and push all exhibitors to come out with packages that are only exclusively available at the expo.”

More than 400 exhibitors will participate in the expo in February, including the biggest airlines, hotels, resorts, theme parks and cruise lines worldwide.  It will feature all the tourism stakeholders in the country, embassies and national tourism organizations.

The expo will again cover the entire 16,230 square meters of floor space and will be open for a combined 32 hours during the three-day run.

“Travel is no longer a luxury among our countrymen.  Filipinos now travel at least once a year. The expo will be the only time during the year that drops down travel services and packages to most destinations in the country and abroad will be available,” Jante said.

She added that with a potential record high number of foot traffic, the organizing committee will look at the possibility of extending the TTE operating hours to accommodate everyone.

Over the last three years, the TTE reported at least 10 percent increase in foot traffic.

The 26th edition of the TTE is supported by the Tourism Promotions Board, Philippine Airlines, Mabuhay Miles and Citibank.

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