14 January 2014

FIA president coming to PH

Jean Todt, the recently reelected president of the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and Ferrari Formula One team director when Michael Schumacher won the world driver’s championship seven years in a row, is coming to the Philippines to be the keynote speaker of the first Asia-Pacific Drive Tourism Conference, Auto and Travel Show scheduled for January 29 to February 2 at the Subic Bay Freeport.

The Asia-Pacific Drive Tourism Conference, Auto and Travel Show is a joint project of the Department of Tourism and the Automobile Association Philippines, the country’s largest auto club with over 50,000 members.

AAP is the only Philippine member of the FIA, the Paris-based governing body for all four-wheel motorsport worldwide and the federation of 227 national motoring and sporting organizations in 132 countries.

“We look forward to welcoming Jean Todt,” AAP president Augusto Lagman said.“We could not have thought of a better way to jump-start the very first Asia-Pacific Drive Tourism Conference, Travel and Auto Show than having him as keynote speaker. While ushering in the new year, we hope this event revives interest in local tourism and revs up tourism in the Asia-Pacific region.”

Todt was elected to a second term as president of the FIA just last month. Before joining Ferrari, he was the motorsport director of the PSA Citroen Peugeot Group.

The event’s theme is “Saving Lives, Saving Costs, and Saving the Planet” and supports the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 that aims to save five million lives worldwide by reducing the number of road crashes.

All those involved in road safety and travel are enjoined to attend the conference and exhibition.

Aside from FIA Region 2 (Asia-Pacific) President Ross Heron who will provide an update on the region’s workplan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety, the other speakers include India’s Road Transport and Highways Minister Oscar Fernandes and Sri Lanka’s Transport Minister Kumara Welgama who will speak on innovative and sustainable programs for road safety. (Malaya Business Insight)