Davao expo to regale visitors with miniature showcases

Owners and organizers of adventure sports in the island resorts plan to regale visitors and exhibitors to the Mindanao Travel and Tours Expo (MTTE 2009) later this month with a miniature setup of their respective adventure sports.

Outside the venue of the MTTE exhibition would rise a miniature showcase of such famous offerings such as Fantasyland of Gloria de Dapitan of Zamboanga del Norte, the surfing waves of Siargao Island in Surigao, and the ziplines, rock walls and rappeling of Edge Outdoors resembling some of the highland adventures in the Davao region.

 Team Everest of Pastor Emata would also set up a miniature mountain wall for climbing enthusiasts.

Araceli Ayuste, chair of the Davao del Norte Tourism Council and organizer of the MTTE 2009, said the showcase exhibitors “would set up the miniature replicas of their resorts and the adventure sports that they offer.”

The Gloria de Dapitan, for instance, would set up its colorful shooting fountains, rides and parks, the same famous attractions that complement the historic place of exile of Philippine hero Dr. Jose Rizal.

“Ziplines would be installed from the venue to across the street of the Davao Convention and Trade Center,” she said. “We would also have a preview of the famous waves of Siargao because the resort owners promised to bring wave-inducing machines.”

The 11 slots for these miniature adventure showcases have been filled for the August 20-22 MTTE, she said. The other showcase would be presented by Sarangani province with its bay festival; the municipality of Santa Cruz, Davao del Sur, with its boulder-face challenge of Mt. Apo; the Philippine Eagle Center, with live eagles and other eagle and hawk species to show its conservation and ecotourism program; the Davao del Norte province with its cultural village; the Wind and Wave Davao, with its diving and parasailing; Punta del Sol Araceli Beach Resort with its summer beach hut; and Nature Spring with its summer splash.

Pasalubong showcases at the lobby would also complement the adventure showcases outside the venue. Exhibits include the sausages of ParaΓ±aque City and still-undisclosed items from Digos City in Davao del Sur and the province of Guimaras, famous for its mango export.

Also at the lobby, Phoenix Philippines would put up a miniature (3 meter by 8 meter) gasoline station, Lake Sebu tinalak tribal weavers would have their own booth to show actual weaving of authentic tinalak, and the Davao regional office of the Department of Tourism (DOT) would install an adventure showcase.

Forty-five entities would put up 54 exhibit booths at the main exhibition area, with the Davao Region comprising half (23 entities and 24 booths) of all exhibitors. Four cities outside the Davao region (Kidapawan, Cotabato, Zamboanga and Dapitan) and the province of Camiguin Island, Sarangani and South Cotabato, as well as the DOT offices of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Central Mindanao and the Zamboanga Peninsula, would also participate.

Nine booths would be taken up by Puerto Princesa City of Palawan, the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, the Philippine Tourism Authority and the DOT offices of Bicol, Cagayan Valley, Ilocos and Pangasinan, National Capital Region and Western Visayas, and the national office of the Department of Transportation and Communications.

The MTTE 2009 would be held alongside Davao City’s weeklong Kadayawan Festival, also the island’s largest fruit-harvest festival.

 Meanwhile, a separate Mindanao Trade Exposition organized by the Davao City-based MTE Foundation said 50 institutional buyers from Manila and some other parts of the country and 30 companies from Cebu City have confirmed their participation to MTTE 2009 on Thursday.

The trade expo would be held at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas exhibit area here.

MTTE 2009 chair Ann Pamintuan said “a wide array of opportunities are provided for the 100 exhibitors considering that the visiting buyers have varied preferences and interests.”

“Some buyers are interested on the finished products that will be showcased, but some might be more interested to enter into agreements wherein certain Mindanao entrepreneurs will provide them with raw materials,” she said. (Written by Manuel Cayon / Reporter)

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