MANILA, Philippines – The challenges of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic couldn’t cease diving fans and business consultants from coming collectively within the first-ever all-digital Philippine Worldwide Dive Expo (PHIDEX) organized by the Division of Tourism (DOT), from March 19 to 21 through digital conferencing.
Over 2,000 diving fans from around the globe attended this yr’s iteration of the Philippines’ largest platform for the diving neighborhood, which was established in 2019. This yr’s occasion, themed “Our Sea, Our Story,” introduced everybody collectively to lift consciousness and focus on options for the native diving business’s restoration.
“With the gradual activation of dive journey and tourism in varied components of the nation, an occasion corresponding to that is much more essential for the restoration of the dive business,” mentioned DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat in her opening speech on the primary day of the expo.
“Because the Philippines is well known by scientists as the middle of marine biodiversity, it’s becoming that we lead the area in mounting an occasion that displays our world-class diving.”
Numerous worldwide leaders and consultants of their respective fields spoke in 17 totally different panel discussions and discuss periods on the three-day expo, with round 100 attendees watching every session. These embrace California Academy of Sciences Curator Dr. Terry Gosliner, French-British underwater photographer Henley Spiers, Emmy Award-winning husband-and-wife documentary crew Howard and Michele Corridor, Skilled Affiliation of Diving Instructors (PADI) Ambassador and Philippine Fee on Sports activities Scuba Diving (PCSSD) Commissioner Bo Mancao, College of the Philippines marine economist and neighborhood scientist Tara Abrina, and German underwater photographer Tobias Friedrich, simply to call just a few.
PHIDEX’s predominant thrust is to advocate for the sustainability of the native diving business and marine environments, with various key periods on the subject.
One was the discuss of Sulubaaï Environmental Basis president Frederic Tardieu, through which he tackled the administration of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and restoration of ecosystems. Tardieu and undertaking supervisor Laure Thierry de Ville D’avray went into nice element about their work in creating 150 hectares of MPAs round Pangatalan Island in Palawan and sharing these efforts and data with the locals.
One other was the session by Atlantis Dive Resorts and Liveaboards Gross sales Supervisor and Roni Ben-Aharon on sustainable tourism practices within the dive business. Ben-Aharon zeroed in on three vital components of sustainability: the atmosphere, the individuals affected, and the communities that function within the space. She shared easy-to-do measures that locals can take to assist defend marine environments, citing circumstances from totally different locations within the Philippines.
A 3rd discuss was that of Philippine Fee on Sports activities Scuba Diving (PCSSD) Commissioner and PADI Ambassadiver Bo Mancao, through which he mentioned the environmental efforts of the native dive business throughout the pandemic-induced shutdown and points that arose due to it. Mancao shared tales of coastal clean-ups and preservation drives round Cebu, and in addition make clear the resilience of the residents of Malapascua Island.
Expo-goers additionally had the chance to attain unique PHIDEX offers on diving tools, equipment, and journey experiences from the 64 exhibitors, sellers, and companions current within the occasion’s digital exhibition. Over 2,000 enterprise and networking leads have been generated by the Dive Journey Change (TRAVEX) conferences.
“With well being and security protocols in place to make sure the secure reopening of our locations, we’re taking this chance to pivot in the direction of sustainable options,” Puyat pressured.
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