CHICAGO, IL – The Philippines once again attracted the visitors to this year’s Chicago Travel and Adventure Show! Held at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont on January 28 and 29, 2012, a big number of the thousands of Showgoers made sure to stop at the Philippine booth.
The Philippine Department of Tourism promoted the country’s bountiful beauty and desirable adventure travel destinations during the weekend show. With a colorful two-booth corner display, the Philippines welcomed the weekend Show-goers, many of whom expressed interest in the Philippines as one of their their next vacation destinations.
The booth staff was supported by Eun Joo Bae, Marketing Manager of the Manila Hotel, who promoted the property, and Lynn Funkhouser, who showed off her beautiful photos of her dive trips in the Philippines and was able to answer any questions on diving. Diving and birdwatching once again appealed to the adventure travelers, with many inquiries on upcoming dive and birding trips.
In addition to non-stop visitors to the booth, Director Vernie Morales happily shared that Philippine culture was again presented through dance and cuisine in this year’s Travel and Adventure Show. Said she: “Both of Sulyap’s dance performances had full audiences, and the dancers received much praise for their interpretation of dances from the Muslim suite, especially for their big finale, Singkil. On the Fiery Foods Culinary Stage, second-time participant chef David Hilo prepared Spicy Pork Sisig as the Philippine entry, with host Mark DeCarlo of Chicago’s “Windy City Live” TV show presiding over the Challenge, for the standing room only crowd. Our own David Hilo was awarded for “Crowd Favorite” of the Challenge.”
The organizers were impressed and happy with visitor turnout, estimating Saturday’s attendance alone to be equal to the visitor total of the whole weekend Show in 2011. In addition, Show coordinator John Spooner said that he is “always impressed by how busy the Philippine booth always is.”