MANILA, Philippines – The first ever Dive and Resort Travel (DRT) Show, presented by premier international exhibitions organizer, LX Development Group, and the Philippine Department of Tourism, was a huge success as it was highly supported and attended by numerous diving enthusiasts, marine conservationists, and industry stakeholders.
As the three-day expo held at the SM Megatrade Hall in Mandaluyong City featured top-level exhibitors – from dive equipment manufacturers, water sport equipment manufacturers, dive resorts, national tourism organizations (NTOs), as well as marine conservation and diving organizations – visitors were immersed in a grand showcase of the latest industry developments and innovations. The event also featured talks led by seasoned diving professionals, photographers and writers from all over the world who shared knowledge and learning that are valuable to anyone passionate about underwater world exploration. Another important highlight is the expo’s efforts on spreading awareness and encouraging support for the preservation and protection of marine ecosystems. Most significantly, the DRT Show Philippines provided a venue to promote the country as a premier diving destination in Asia.
Across the Asia Pacific, DRT Shows are considered as the biggest and highly important regional event advocating business and partnership among members of the diving community. The expo has been making waves in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, and Okinawa, bringing together over 600 exhibitors from 48 countries and more than 50,000 registered visitors from some 56 countries over the last two years.
The DRT Show is the only professional dive exhibition in the region supported the by General Administration of Sport of China (HR Resources Development Center), China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, Guangdong Vocational Institute of Sport, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT), Tourism Promotions Board Philippines (TPBP), Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), Okinawa Prefecture Government, Okinawa Convention & Visitor Bureau (OCVB), Japan Recreational Diving Association (JRDA), Japan Wetsuits Manufacturers Association (JWMA), and Japan Scuba Association (JSA).