Philippines ATF 2016 pre- and post-show tours

Filed in News, Travel Trade shows & exhibitions by on February 11, 2016

Sunset over Manila Bay

Philippines – Besides the opportunity of exploring Manila during the pre-show tours, a number of international buyers and media had the opportunity of booking one of the Philippine Host Committee’s 10 post-ATF 2016 tours that ran from 23 to 26 January.  

This marked ATF’s most extensive number of post-show tours in recent years. With a diverse range of itineraries including UNESCO sites and heritage tours, to islands hopping and highlands visits, proving that there is a Philippine destination to suit every taste. The list of tours offered included Ilocos: UNESCO World Heritage Tour; Cordillera Heritage Tour, Southern Luzon’s Heritage, Wellness, Culinary Trail; El Nido; Palawan: The Last Frontier; Northern Palawan’s Eco Adventure; Bicol Express; The Visayan Charms; Negros Y Cebu and Islands to Highlands.

Ilocos: UNESCO World Heritage Tour – Vigan – Paoay – Laoag – Burgos – Bangui


Vigan at night

An interesting blend of local culture with the Spanish influence on the North West Coast of Luzon covering the region of Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte. Tourists will be fascinated by several UNESCO World Heritage Site  such as Paoay church and Sta. Monica in Sarrat, also you will have the exceptional experience in a Spanish-colonial town in Asia known as “VIGAN”. Every house paints a historical picture of yesteryear, and the future of the city. Step into the stunning beaches of Ilocos Norte, from the blackest of black in Laoag,  the brown sands in Currimao, and the white sands in Pagudpud. Feast on the local delicacies of this region  such as the: longganisa (local sausage), empanada (savory pastry stuffed with longganisa), bagnet  (crispy, fattening pork belly that melts in your mouth) and the chichacorn (Puffed, crunchy, and flavored corn).

Cordillera Heritage Tour – Atok – Buguias – Bontoc – Banaue

The Cordilleras encompasses majority of the areas within the largest mountain range in the country. Having  reinvented itself as the Philippine’s Premiere Highland Region, it steeped in culture and teaming with natural  resources that makes it haven for tourists, businessmen, and seekers of adventure or simply, peaceful immersion.

Banuae (2)

The rice terraces of Banuae

Explore the Ifugao Rice Terraces, the country’s National Cultural Treasure and considered to be the 8th Natural Wonder of the World. The rice terraces were etched along the contours of the hills and mountains around Ifugao province. You will find a 2,000-year-old man-made engineering feat looking like a staircase built for the gods.

Experience Sagada at its finest, dubbed as the “Shangri-la of the Philippines.” Visit the 200 hanging coffins buried for 500 years. Explore Baguio City, one of the country’s most famous cities in the Philippine and has been celebrated as the Summer Capital of the country for the past 99 years. Here, you live like a local by visiting the Tam-Awan Village and take a peek at how the local indigenous groups live, and the strawberry taho is a must-try when you visit Baguio.

Southern Luzon’s Heritage, Wellness, Culinary Trail – Tagaytay – Taal Heritage Town – Batangas Beach Holiday


Views over Taal volcano crater lake

The tour takes you to the closest provinces in Metro Manila. It might just be an hour or two away, but the diverse topography and varied natural attractions make this tour interesting. Beaches and dive spots. Forests and caves.  Mountains and hills. Waterfalls and hot springs. It’s all here. The area is also rich in history. It’s where the Philippines’ independence from Spain was first declared in 1898. It’s the birthplace of national heroes such as Jose Rizal (from Calamba, Laguna), Emilio Aguinaldo (from Kawit, Cavite), Apolinario Mabini (from

Tanauan, Batangas) and Miguel Malvar (from Sto. Tomas, Batangas). This is the home of Laguna de Bay – the country’s largest freshwater lake. It also boasts of Taal Lake, which contains the world’s smallest active volcano. Step into Nurture Wellness Village a place where supreme relaxation and rejuvination upholds.

Travel back in time through the Taal Heritage Village. Have a sip of Arabica coffee from Amadeo, pastries from the local coffee shop the makes the place as the “coffee capital of the philippines”. Then, proceed to Hamilo Coast, in the municipality of Nasugbu in Batangas province, bounded by the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) on the west and cloud-covered mountain ranges in the east. Three coves at Hamilo Coast have been declared Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), namely, Pico de Loro Cove, Santelmo Cove, and Etayo  Cove.Hamilo Coast forms part of the global Coral Triangle and lies at the entry of the Verde Island Passage.

Capture the one of the most significant links to the global ecosystem of the Coral Triangle In the Philippines, the “Verde Island Passage” located between Batangas and Oriental Mindoro in Luzon, the Verde Island waterway is the “center of marine biodiversity”.

El Nido


El Nido

Home to the most stunning beaches in the Philippines, El Nido Resorts recently won the 2015 PATA Gold Award for the Environmental Education Programme category, a distinction it garnered by rallying its partners and the local community—to support its training programs on sustainability and the protection of natural resources.

Go island hopping to the 45 island and islets, marvel or better yet, climb over the 250 million year-old limestone cliffs or just enjoy a relaxing massage by the beach. Because if you simply want to get away from it all then, El Nido is the place to be.

Palawan: The Last Frontier – Puerto Princesa – Honda Bay – Sabang


The clear water of Palawan

Experience the Philippines’ last frontier. Voted as the “Best Island in the World” in the recent Conde Nast Travelers Readers choice award, Palawan is an elongated island that stretches within the waters of Luzon Sea, off the islands of Mindoro and North Borneo. Known as the “Philippines’ last frontier”, it is one of the most sought destination in

the country for its abundant natural resources and scenic beauty. Its capital, Puerto Princesa City, aptly nicknamed “the city in a forest” has been named the Philippines’ cleanest and greenest city and has been internationally recognized for environmental excellence. The tour will take you to Puerto Princesa’s pride, the Puerto Princesa

Subterranean River (or Underground River), a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New 7 Wonders of Nature. The entire area where the Underground River is located is actually a national park and a model of biodiversity. More than 800 plant species, including almost 300 trees, 195 bird species, 30 mammals, 19 reptiles, and eight bat species call this area home. At Honda Bay, explore nearby islands to snorkel, non-stop swimming, and picnic lunch.

Northern Palawan’s Eco Adventure – Busuanga – Coron


Coron Island, Palawan

Busuanga, Palawan is situated in what is considered as Philippine’s last ecological frontier, in the Province of Palawan. Discover the pristine and natural attractions, marine reserves, tropical jungles, sanctuary for the most exotic animal, plant, and aquatic life in the country. It offers a wide array of activities, from visiting our scenic island beaches, wreck diving, catching the life of our exquisite corals, river cruising on mangrove-laden forest,  kayaking, hiking our lush rainforest, hills, mountain scenic view, waterfalls, and natural springs.

Bicol Express – Albay – Sorsogon

Bicol is for the nature lovers – volcanoes, beaches, caverns, coves, lakes, parks and other natural wonders, you name it. A visit to this region is not complete without catching a glimpse of the nearly-perfect cone of Mayon volcano. Explore the Bulusan National Park; a 3,673 hectare nationally protected lush forest and wildlife sanctuary reserve that features community-based tourism. Misibis Bay is a private island resort where ultimate luxury and exhilarating adventures come together. Misibis Bay’s stylish architecture and interiors allow guests to completely immerse in incomparable relaxation. Thrill over the abundance of activities within the resort. Try hobie cat sailing, wind surfing, take a sunset cruise or better yet try everything. See for yourself if Misibis Bay will live up to your expections and to its tagline as, “Your luxury island playground.” You will have the best culinary experience of Bicolano’s specialties such as laing (taro leaves and chili cooked in coconut milk), pinangat (taro leaves, chili,  meat and coconut milk wrapped in gabi leaves and tied securely with coconut leaf), and sili-flavored ice cream  (spicy ice cream) should be on your checklist.

The Visayan Charms – Bohol – Cebu

The ‘Chocolate Hills’ of Bohol

Experience the charms of Visayan region. Explore the Queen City of the South, known as Cebu and visit its historical landmarks such as the Magellan’s Cross and Basilica de Santo Nino. This heady mix of urban vibes and casual provincial airs makes it a favorite destination of those seeking a showcase of the harmonious co-existence of history, culture and modernity.  Head to the countryside tour of Bohol, home to two of the most famous tourist attractions in the Philippines – the Chocolate Hills that looks like perfect mounds of chocolate, and the Philippine tarsiers, primates so small that they fit comfortably in the palm of your hand. As you slowly drift down the Loboc  River, you can enjoy a delicious Filipino buffet and a serenade from the local community. Swim or snorkel in the  secluded island of Balicasag in Panglao, one of the country’s best dive sites.

Negros Y Cebu – Siquijor – Dumaguete – Cebu City

Dumaguete is known as “The City of Gentle People.” It’s easy to see why – this is a serene university town filled with gentle locals, and its atmosphere is conducive to artistic and scholarly pursuits. Visit the Silliman University, established in 1901 and the oldest American-founded university in Asia. Stroll around the campus and visit the Silliman Anthropological Museum, which contains artefacts that date back 2,000 years and an ethnographic compendium of the different indigenous groups of the Philippines. Then, we will take you to the mysterious allure of Siquijor and have a close encounter of friendly creatures of the sea as you enjoy swimming with the friendly turtles of Apo Island. Come and enjoy the adventure of a lifetime experience.

Islands to Highlands – Davao – Tagum – Samal Island

“From Islands to Highlands.” That is the promise of the Davao region.This unique mix of diversity, both in landscape and in culture, makes the Davao region a must-visit. Whether you prefer islets that vanish or mountains that dominate skylines, Davao makes good on its promise and always delivers adventure. Pearl Farm Beach Resort is a premier tourist attraction in the Philippines, located in the peaceful and quiet islands of Malipano and Samal Island. This renowned world-class beach resort is the perfect getaway for people who are in search of a heavenly and blissful retreat. Learn a bit of history and science as you go through a Banana Plantation tour and witness through Hijo Plantation, on how they manufacture and grow fresh and organic products ready for the global market.  Take the plunge and have a bite of durian, the hedgehog shaped, “king of fruit” known for its strong odor but was described its flesh by 19th century British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace as “a rich custard highly flavoured  with almonds.”

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