Ensuring business continuity, pursuing resource opportunities and addressing tourism issues were the agendas at AirAsia’s 2nd Business Exchange Assembly held on 28 February 2020 in Clark, Pampanga.
The half-day event gathered the powerhouses of the tourism industry under one roof including TPB COO Atty. Maria Anthonette Velasco-Allones, AirAsia Philippines CEO Mr. Ricardo Isla and CCO Mr. Gilbert Simpao, TPB Acting DCOO Mr. Arnold Gonzales, DOT 3 Regional Director Ms. Carolina Uy, and Tourism Congress of the Philippines (TCP) President, Mr. Jojo Clemente. Also in attendance were travel agency associations from different parts of Luzon.
In her message as guest speaker, COO Allones announced her support to the Philippine stakeholders and their efforts in promoting the country as a vacation and MICE destination globally by waiving participation fees in international fairs and business mission from February 17, 2020 to December 31, 2021.
The recently appointed COO also shared TPB’s marketing plans for the year and asserted DOT’s thrusts for 2020, which includes expanding the current market base and improving policies on access, connectivity and security.