BERNE 09 January 2019 — The Philippines was featured as host country at the Asia Workshop held in Zurich on 19 November 2018, where Ambassador to Switzerland Denis Yap Lepatan graced the event’s opening ceremony.In his remarks, Ambassador Lepatan thanked the organizers for the honor, and noted the growing number of Swiss leisure travelers and invited them to visit the Philippines.
He added the country has “something for everyone between the mountains and the seas and the sands and the beaches” and experience for themselves the hospitality of the Filipino people.
Department of Tourism (DOT)-Frankfurt Tourism Director Margarita Partricia also invited the participants to visit the Philippines and watch the presentations on the Philippines by two Swiss bloggers, Valeria and Adi, who are well known in Switzerland through their social media platform LittleCity.ch.
She also invited all participants to visit the Philippine booth, which has information on travels to the Philippines, including tourist spots, and have their photos taken with the Philippines’ white sand as backdrop.
In addition to the photo booth, DOT-Frankfurt also sponsored a drinks-mixing demonstration using Philippine liqueurs by Mr. Denis Barela.
Drawing about 400 participants, the event also featured Swiss travel agents specializing in promoting Asian destinations. Among the participants in the event were Tourism Boards from Asian countries such as Korea, Macau and Thailand, as well as tour operators in Switzerland.
The Asia Workshop is a non-profit organization which aims to promote the knowledge of travel agency staff with regard to Asia as well as to maintain contacts between agents and service providers from at home and abroad who operate and offer products or services in the region.