Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Iloilo’s Longest-Running Tourism Fair Turns 7

University of San Agustin senior tourism class for Tuamndok 2005-Cabatuan group

Tourism Industry becomes the center of business activity for many municipalities in Iloilo. Our towns showcase numerous popular and unexplored destinations in a new light, eagerly awaited by the travel and tourism industry with the hope of generating massive interest from visitors.

Tumandok is one of the dazzling events which started in the year 2005 as a localized alternative to the conduct of annual events such as the Philippine Travel Mart in Manila and WOW Philippines: Best of the Region. Tumandok is a unique show which is held for the tourism month of September. It has grown so much in importance and is regarded as one of the most reputed and important tourism trade fair in Iloilo. It is being organized for last 7 years and always leaves a lasting impression effect on exhibitors, student participants as well as visitors. It is the longest-running and dedicated annual industry event in Iloilo organized by a government sector in partnership with the academe.

Central Philippine University junior tourism students on field work for Tumandok 2007-Lambunao group

Tumandok is the marketplace for travelers from Iloilo. Buyers benefit from a comprehensive range of products and services throughout the province. It offers a plethora of attractions, destinations and products wanting to place their foothold in the Ilonggo market.

The event is very informative. It showcases the many tourism potentials of Iloilo as the emerging tourist destination for nature and sports adventure, cultural heritage, culinary, and the arts.

There are a lot of municipalities from around the province that is good for the exhibition as it is sourcing for potential attractions. It is the best activity to showcase various local tourism products and services designed for visitors, travel and retailers to generate new leads and establish new business relationships. Tourism representatives from participating attractions throughout the province will attend to network with other tourism industry professionals.

Central Philippine University junior tourism students for Tumandok 2007 with Alimodian group

The number of municipalities participating and exhibiting during the activity increased over the last years. And this year, a considerable group of participating towns and 4 tourism schools will promote a variety of products and services on a four-day travel and trade show that will take place at the fountain area of Robinsons Place Iloilo on September 22-25, 2011. Participating exhibitors include the municipalities of Ajuy, Anilao, Badiangan, Banate, Cabatuan, Concepcion, Dueñas, Igbaras, Janiuay, Lambunao, Leganes, Leon, Miag-ao, Oton, Passi City, Pototan, San Joaquin, Santa Barbara and Tigbauan. The exhibition is Open to the all general public.

The event will open with the performance of SAAD Festival of Leganes on September 22 at 4 p.m.; The Badiangan Dance Troupe will perform at 4 p.m. on September 23; a fashion show by tourism students from participating tourism schools highlights September 24; and Janiuay Dance Troupe will showcase their indigenous dances in the closing ceremony on September 25.

Tumandok through the years aims for further improving the quality, authority and scale of the fair, advocating in making it more popular, covering more areas and develop networking system for the government and private sectors in partnership with the academe which is dedicated to tourism. It serves as a business opportunity and brings awareness to the people on tourism in Iloilo.

Tumandok 2011 is organized by the Iloilo Provincial Government through the Office of Culture, Arts, History and Tourism in cooperation with Robinsons Place Iloilo and the Department of Tourism Region VI. It is supported by Central Philippine University, University of San Agustin, St. Therese MTC-College and University of Iloilo.

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