Dive tourism as tool for marine protection

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    The Department of Tourism (DOT) hopes to sustain the Philippines’ position as one the world’s best diving destinations, with sustainability and marine protection at the core.

    At the launch of this year’s Philippine International Dive Expo (PHIDEX) online via virtual conferencing last March 19, DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said as the Philippines is widely recognized by scientists as the center of the center of marine biodiversity, “it is fitting that we lead the region in mounting an event that reflects the world- class diving we are promoting…to raise awareness, not only of the Philippines’ rich and biodiverse seas, but also of the different initiatives that contribute to the growth and development of our dive tourism industry and how they sustain our standing as a leading dive destination in the world.”

    With the theme, Our Sea, Our Story, this year’s PHIDEX  aims to raise awareness and discuss solutions into accelerating the industry’s recovery.

    “As the Philippines is known around the world for its diving destinations, it is truly important that we do everything we can to sustain the local diving industry. The latest recognition we received was from the 2020 World Travel Awards which named the Philippines as the World’s Leading Dive Destination,” said Puyat.

    “We are taking this opportunity to pivot towards sustainable solutions in the recovery of our destinations,” she said, adding “tourism will only be sustainable when we commit to protecting our marine resources.”

    PHIDEX which concluded yesterday covered topics such as conservation through adventure and wildlife photography, science-based conservation, exploration of our heritage wrecks and underwater caves, freediving and marine conservation, dive training, agency and product updates from global dive partners, and work opportunities for dive professionals, to name a few.

    PHIDEX is distinct from other dive shows as it is the only one with a Dive Travel Exchange (TRAVEX) or B2B program solely for the dive market.

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