Recognizing people’s renewed zeal for travel with the easing of pandemic-related restrictions, a tourism organization is bringing back the Cebu Travel Catalog International (CTCI) from June 10-12, 2022 at Ayala Center Cebu.
The three-day event will serve as a one-stop-shop for travel products and services, allowing Cebuanos and travelers in the region to easily book tour packages to local and international destinations, Angelita “Baby” Dy, CTCI 2022 Chair and Cebu The Vice President of the Tours and Travel Association (CTTA) said at a press conference on May 30. CTTA is organizing CTCI 2022 with the special participation of Cebu Tourism Operations Specialists (CATOS).
She said they have prepared exciting activities throughout the three-day travel fair, starting with the opening ceremonies on the first day as well as agricultural, culinary and religious tourism talk shows that will be held. by the Central Visayas Department of Tourism.
There will also be a business-to-business presentation and industry meet-and-greet sessions, a mini-concert, a tourism coffee table by the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, a travel auction and draws, added Dy.
Exhibitors at CTCI 2022
Some fifty exhibitors will take part in the CTCI 2022, whose theme is “Explore the world again”, including:
- co-presenters Philippine Airlines and Turkish Airlines,
- event partners DOT 7, Cebu City Tourism Commission, and Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Ayala Center Cebu
- Diamond sponsors Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) and Philippines AirAsia
- Gold sponsors Amadeus and Saber Travel Network, and
- Travel agencies affiliated with CTTA.
They will be offering great deals on airfares and tour packages to various destinations.
Outbound tour operators will highlight places that have opened or are slowly reopening to Filipinos, such as Turkey, many parts of Europe, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, the United States, South Korea and Japan. , according to CTTA secretary Sheila Colmenares.
Although the situation in the tourism industry is still unstable due to COVID-19, CTTA public relations officer Cookie Chan said there are promising developments.
She cited the example of Turkey, which removed almost all travel restrictions. Although no one can really be sure of the outcome of this decision, Turkey is currently enjoying huge gains in its tourism industry.
A disease like COVID-19 will likely be around for a long time, but the world is learning to live with it through vaccinations and health protocols, said CATOS President Alice Queblatin.
She added that after more than two years of travel restrictions, it was a good sign that Cebu City, DOT 7 and CCCI have decided to partner with CTCI 2022.
According to her, local tourism stakeholders will actively lobby for highland, coastal and heritage tourism. They actually started with tours showcasing flower gardens in the highlands and coastal area of Cebu City, especially with the opening of the Cebu-Cordova Link highway, NUSTAR and new food destinations in Il Corso.