How can agents improve their product knowledge for the Philippines?
Agents should keep on reading about the Philippines. www.tourismphilippines.com.au covers our top island destinations and things you can do on each, as well as adventure activities such as diving, trekking, surfing, and backpacking. Nothing beats an actual visit to the country though. You really cannot convincingly sell what you have not experienced.
What kind of training is available for Australian agents wanting to sell the Philippines, and how can they sign up?
We have a Philippines Specialist program designed to enhance the agents’ knowledge and selling capabilities for travel to the Philippines. Once a registered member, agents can be first to hear our news and interesting updates on the Philippines, given priority access to Philippine training sessions, given priority familiarisation trips to the Philippines and even win a trip here. Register at www.tourismphilippines.com.au/PHSpecialists.
Which destinations in the Philippines are most appealing to Australians and why?
With more than 250,000 Australians traveling to the Philippines and increasing every year, the destinations which they repeatedly visit are Palawan, Boracay, Manila, Cebu and Bohol. Palawan is every travel enthusiast’s dream island. Palawan’s natural wonder is one of the longest underground rivers in the world where visitors can travel five miles through a subterranean cave system. Boracay, is the country’s top beach destination. Stretching 7 kilometers of white pristine sand, it’s regarded by many as possibly the most beautiful beach in Asia. Being the international gateway and the biggest city in the Philippines, Manila has a lot to offer to Australians. Its rich history, culture, local cuisine, night life, world-class hotels and shopping malls beckon. Cebu is the second largest city in the country. As the first Spanish settlement in the Philippines, it has some of the country’s most iconic heritage spots. Hills that looks like perfect mounds of chocolate. Primates so small, they fit comfortably in the palm of your hand. Restaurants that float gently down a river. That’s how Australians would discover Bohol.
Any recommendations for first time travellers to the Philippines?
The Philippines is one of the easiest countries in the world to enter without a visa, but it can be quite daunting. Don’t expect things to be like they are at home. Travel with your eyes wide open. Be open to learn new things. Expect friendly and hospitable people. Almost everyone speaks English so moving around is a breeze.
What are your top selling tips for travel agents hoping to sell the Philippines?
For agents wanting to convince a client, just show them the beautiful pictures and videos of our top island destinations and move from there. Follow it up with clear information of the country, what to expect and what they can do in each island. Have ready list of possible hotels, costing and the exciting activities they can do while on the island.