26 November 2013

PH to host 1st ASPAC Drive Tourism Confab

The Philippines will be hosting the first Asia Pacific Drive Tourism Conference and Exhibition on January 30 to February 2, 2014 at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center.

The event’s theme is “Saving Lives, Saving Costs, and Saving the Planet” and is in support of the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 that aims to save five million lives and prevent 50 million injuries worldwide.

The Drive Tourism Conference and Exhibition is presented by the Department of Tourism (DOT) and Automobile Association of the Philippines (AAP), the National Auto Club.

The DOT and AAP are encouraging people to see more local attractions in its Drive Tourism caravans. Unlike seat-in-coach tours, Drive Tourism allows participants to tailor fit their visits according to their preferences.

Reasons for visiting local destinations vary from cuisine, culture to water sports and others. Drive Tourism caravans allow travelers to focus their visit based on what interests them more and gives them flexibility.

The participants and guests to the Asia Pacific Drive Tourism Conference and Exhibition 2014 may opt to do side trips and pit stops in Bulacan, Pampanga and Olongapo.

Prior to attending the event, they may wish to visit historic Barosaoin Church in Malolos and buy Bulacan sweets for pasalubong or bird watch in Candaba swamp and have lunch at Susie’s Kitchenette in Angeles City.

Music lovers can bar hop along Magsaysay Avenue in Olongapo and check out the different bands playing there on the eve of the conference.

The president of the Paris-based Federation Internationale d’Automobile, Jean Todt, will be the keynote speaker for the conference. Other invited speakers are the transport ministers of Malaysia and New Zealand and the tourism ministers of Indonesia and South Korea, Philippine Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez, Transport Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas and FIA Region 2 president Ross Heron. FIA Region 2 consists of Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Singapore, Japan, China, Taipei, Korea, Indonesia, Macao, Nepal and Thailand. (Malaya)