The diving industry in the Philippines is far from new, with scuba diving operators being around for more than 30 years. Despite this fact, the country has until now been missing a regular and traditional dive show. All the surrounding Asia countries have regular dive shows – why not in the Philippines?
The Philippines has experienced a massive growth and interest in the scuba industry over the past five years and it now a major player in the Asian scuba market. This has got the attention of DRT (Diving, Retailer and Travel) and they have arranged a Dive Show in the Philippines for the first time ever. DRT Show Philippines will be held 11th – 13th September 2015 in SM Megatrade Hall in Manila.
For the local market, this show will provide some great opportunities in terms of not only growing the business but also to advertise their business to a bigger local audience. The term “local market” would cover nationals and expats mainly residing in Manila.
There are a few facts which might come as a surprise to some people. Such as, the national middle class, even though small compared to the western world, is plentiful. The nationals just need to be offered the right packages that they will find attractive. The expat community in Manila is huge as well. This community has a lot of spare time on their hands and grabs every opportunity they see to visit new and exciting places in the country. Many of the expats are here on 2 or 3 years contracts, working for big companies, and they want to make the most of it while they are here.
What is the DRT Show
The DRT Show is considered to be one of the major gatherings in Asia Pacific for diving enthusiasts, marine conservationists and anyone with a passion for the underwater world. The DRT show promotes branding and are supported by top-level exhibitors and leading dive equipment manufacturers, water sport equipment manufacturers, dive resorts, tourism boards, marine conservation and diving organizations. DRT Show promotes trading and export business and has become one of the most important diving equipment and diving destination events in Asia Pacific.
Are there benefits being a PADI store for exhibitors
Yes – absolutely. If you are a PADI 5 Star Dive Centre with your own booth, a MEMBER SUPPORT PACKAGE is available. For more info and support please contact PADI Regional Manager Jimmy Christrup no later than 01 August, 2015.