Philippine Wedding News

DOT, MECO's Efforts to Make RP Wedding Haven for Taiwanese to be Seen this Year
15 January 2010

The fruits of the marketing efforts of the Department of Tourism (DOT) as well as the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) to place the Philippines as the prime beach wedding destination for Taiwanese couples may be seen this year.

From October to November last year, DOT and MECO have exerted efforts to attract soon-to-wed Taiwanese couples to have their wedding in the beaches of Boracay, Palawan, Cebu, Davao, and other island and coastal areas in the country. Currently, Taiwanese couples prefer to have beach weddings in Hawaii.

“The beauty of our beaches remains one of our major draws for Taiwanese. Many couples looking to get married abroad do so in Hawaii , but Philippine beaches can more than hold their own, especially when cost is factored in,” Ireneo Reyes, MECO director for tourism said in an interview.

As part of its marketing campaign directed to soon-to-wed Taiwanese couples, MECO is said to facilitate the Boracay beach wedding of Malaysian singer Fish Leong to businessman Tony Zhao some time in January of this year. In March, the Office will bring model-actress Tia Lee to El Nido, Palawan for a photo shoot for her new book.

Last year, the two government agencies conducted product presentations in Kaohsiung, Taichung and Taipei from October 26 to 29 and joined the Taipei International Travel Fair (TITF) held at the Taipei World Trade Center last October 30 to November 2, 2009.

Travel of potential Taiwanese tourist will be easier due to the addition of direct flights from Taipei to Aklan, Taichung to Aklan, and Kaohsiung to Aklan. DOT is currently negotiating with China Airlines to re-open the Taipei-Cebu charter flight.

During the TITF, the Philippine delegation was able to close a total of 221 bookings for group tours and more than 800 bookings. Aside from beach weddings, Taiwanese tourists expressed interest in dive sites, golf, and schools offering English as Secondary Language (ESL) programs.

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