3 foreign governments, 18 airlines, 23 wholesale travel agents and 20 lifestyle firms, including international theme parks Ocean Park Hong Kong and Resorts World Manila, are among the many exhibitors offering bargain deals this weekend at Travel Madness Expo 2013.
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The expo exhibitors also include cruise lines, tour operators, and BPI Credit Cards.
Visitors will be able to grab discounted travel and tour packages at rock bottom prices.
The surge in the number of airlines and cruise lines participating in this year’s Travel Madness is attributed to President Aquino’s recent signing of the Republic Act 10374.
This new law exempts foreign carriers from paying the three-percent common carriers tax and the value added tax imposed on passenger traffic, according to Travel Madness organizer Travel Innovators Inc. (TII), an organization of industry-leading firms in the tourism sector.
“Thus, we are seeing brisk marketing activities of current industry players in anticipating vigorous competition from new entrants, all resulting in increased inbound and outbound travel benefiting global tourism,” said TII president Raymond Michael A. Tee.
“Even national tourism organizations of foreign governments like Malaysia and Thailand and the Japanese Embassy are joining Travel Madness because of the impact of tourism as a dollar earner and economic equalizer, practically compensating for any slump in export and virtually providing hard currency for any monetary crunch while stabilizing and beefing up a country’s gross international reserves against any external financial shocks.”
He also said the visitors in Travel Madness 2013 can expect even better deals since this second edition of the annual expo will be the “craziest and most innovative sale of the year ever.”
The expo has gained enormous popularity for “jaw-dropping and out-of-this-world travel deals” that made its last year’s first edition reap praises from guests and partners in the Philippines and overseas.
Last year, for example, visitors found themselves grabbing bargain offers at “unbelievable” prices, with freebies from the expo’s Extreme Madness Hour raffle draws, and shockingly drop-down-low travel deals popping out on certain tops of the hour.
Still, Tee says that this year’s Travel Madness will go even crazier than it has ever been, as he acknowledges the support of the Bank of the Philippine Islands, Philippine Airlines, Skycable-TLC, Air Asia, Duty Free Philippines and, of course, Travelife Magazine, the leading travel & lifestyle publication.