The Department of Tourism (DOT) is putting on the Philippine International Dive Expo (PHIDEX) from August 19 to 21, 2022 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay, Manila. This is the biggest event for divers in the country.
With the theme “Back into the Blue: One with the Sea,” the third PHIDEX tries to continue the story of conservation, community, and coming together in the diving world.
The expo will also show that the Philippines is ready to welcome dive tourists from all over the world. Local and international dive industry experts, dive tour operators, and partner dive businesses will share their ideas and experiences.
“The arrival of international tourists is a good thing because it will lead to growth in the travel and tourism industry, the return of jobs, and much-needed money for businesses and communities that depend on tourism. We’re hopeful that these economic benefits will spread to dive spots all over the country. Tourism Development Undersecretary Woodrow C. Maquiling, Jr. said, “The country is still one of the best places to dive, and tourists from all over the world are eager to visit after having to wait for two years.”
“The DOT wants to encourage divers to dive in a way that is good for the environment every time they do so. Sustainable diving practices are a big part of why the country’s dive spots are still open even though the pandemic has caused problems,” said Undersecretary Maquiling.
PHIDEX is the only dive show in the world that has a Dive Travel Exchange (TRAVEX), a business-to-business (B2B) meeting program for local and international dive operators, a dive conference and seminars, and familiarization tours to top and emerging Philippine dive destinations all in one event. At the exhibition, there will be booths that show dive resorts and centers in different places, as well as the best diving gear and equipment.
Through conferences, people will also be able to learn about new places to dive that have opened up since the pandemic, new products from popular dive spots, and the latest underwater photography gear. Through familiarization tours, international dive operators will also be able to check out and evaluate popular and up-and-coming dive spots like Anilao, Bohol, Camiguin, Coron, Dumaguete, Malapascua, Moalbaal, Puerto Galera, Southern Leyte, and Ticao Island.
At least 100 people from the Philippines, the US, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Korea, Japan, Thailand, and Singapore, as well as dive buyers and media, are expected to attend the expo. Activities like Dive TRAVEX and Dive Conference, on the other hand, will be available online for people who can’t go because of international border restrictions.
On June 24, 2022, you can go to https://register.phidex.asia/ to sign up as a consumer or business visitor or to book an exhibition booth. Follow Dive Philippines on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/DOTdivephilippines) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/dotdivephilippines) to find out more about PHIDEX activities, or send an email to the PHIDEX Organizing Committee at [email protected].