Phidex 2022 focuses on conservation with the theme “One with the Sea”

This breathtaking underwater photo is from an undated Ministry of Tourism collection of diving photos. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The Philippine International Dive Expo (Phidex) 2022, the nation’s largest platform to showcase and promote the local diving industry was held August 19-21 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, honored by world-class underwater photographers, technical divers and marine ecologists.

Led by the Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT), Phidex 2022 brought together dive industry leaders, stakeholders, experts, governments, businesses and diving enthusiasts to amplify the message that an industry stronger and better Philippine diving is back to welcome divers from all over the world. .

“Phidex 2022 was an opportunity for divers, marine biologists, conservationists and underwater photographers to build partnerships and discuss trends in the diving community. For the Philippine government, Phidex “It’s a green light. This is a message to our dear foreign tourists – it’s been a welcome back and we hope you enjoy your stay,” said Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco.

“Most importantly, Phidex 2022 comes at an opportune time for us to show the resilience of the Philippine tourism industry,” the tourism chief added.

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Under the theme “Back into the Blue: One with the Sea”, more than 20 foreign and local experts in marine conservation, freediving and underwater photography took center stage in discussions and knowledge sharing sessions at the Phidex 2022 dive conference.

Angelique Songco, Site Manager of Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park World Heritage Area, spoke about the current status of the reef over the years. AA Yaptinchay, director and founder of the conservation NGO Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines, discussed shark conservation in the Philippines

The ins and outs of snorkeling were explained by marine economist Tara Abrina and certified diver Cha Ocampo. Abrina spoke of coastal development lessons she learned from fishermen, while Ocampo cited the fragility and beauty of the underwater environment.

World-renowned diving organizations have also given free talks at Phidex, namely Divers Alert Network (DAN) and the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI). DAN is a diving safety organization committed to the health and safety of divers, while PADI is the world’s largest ocean exploration and diving organization, operating in 186 countries and territories.

Phidex 2022 was also boosted by Dive Travex B2B meetings where approximately 100 local and international dive buyers and media from the Philippines, USA, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, South Korea , Japan, Thailand and Singapore are expected to create business. – commercial transactions. Dive Travex and Dive Conference will also be accessible via a virtual platform especially for participants subject to international border restrictions due to Covid-19.

The luxury hotels around the SM Mall of Asia complex were also part of the Phidex partners, namely The Golden Phoenix Hotel, TRYP by Wyndham, Microtel by Wyndham and Hotel 101. The Conrad Hotel also completes the list of partner accommodations as official hotel of Phidex. buyers, media and VIP speakers.