24th Philippine Travel Mart and My Batanes Dream
I went to the 24th Philippine Travel Mart solely for the purpose of inching my way to make my Batanes Dream come true. Held last September 6, 2013, yes, these event photos are twenty days late.
24th Philippine Travel Mart was the last event in celebration of this year’s Philippine Tourism Week. The event showcased over 350 exhibitors with their travel products and services.
The original plan was to buy SkyJet’s advertised P2500 per way ticket to Batanes but upon talking to their staff (after lining in for four hours while standing), they told me that the open-dated ticket can only be used to book a flight three days prior to the actual departure date and would be subject to limited seat availability for ticket holders. Not saying a word, the staff told us that if we do not agree with the terms, we can opt to book our flights using their Travel Mart’s price of P3000 per way but we had to have definite travel dates. My friends and I agreed to travel on February 21-26, 2014. That’s roughly four months from now. Finally, my Batanes Dream will come true!
24th Philippine Travel Mart
SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex