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15 April 2015

The 2015 edition of the Ambassador’s, Consuls General, and Tourism Directors Tour (ACGTDT) promises to be a memorable affair, as participants will be brought to Cebu known as the “Queen City of the South.”

Now in its tenth staging, the annual Tour will enable this year’s participants to visit historical sites and landmarks in Cebu, such as Fort San Pedro, the oldest triangular fortress in the country, Magellan’s Cross, Basilica Minore del Sto. Niño, which now houses the statuette of Sto. Niño, Casa Gorordo Museum and the Taoist Temple.

The tour in Cebu also includes visits to local manufacturing industries, including the island’s world-renowned furniture, dried fruit, local handicrafts and fashion accessories.  Should participants wish to explore more of the region, the ACGTDT has additional post tour packages to nearby popular tourism destinations such as Bohol, Boracay, Davao, Dumaguete, and Palawan.

Upon arrival in Manila, guests will be billeted at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza and the option to experience different day tours, including Manila City, ABS-CBN studios and Corregidor Island, one of the most revered and hallowed sites of World War II.

The 6-day, 5-night package includes the following:

  • Roundtrip international air ticket via Philippine Airlines or Cathay Pacific (for New York, Boston, DC, and Chicago departures only)
  • Domestic air ticket (Manila/Cebu)
  • Two nights at Sofitel Hotel in Manila
  • Three nights at Radison Blu/Shangri-La Mactan in Cebu
  • Suroy-Suroy sa Sugbo Tour with lunch
  • Airport welcome reception in Manila/Cebu
  • Welcome and farewell dinners

The ACGTDT was initiated in 2005 under the tutelage of then Ambassador to the United States Albert del Rosario, who now serves as Secretary of Foreign Affairs.  The flagship tourism project has become an annual activity, involving all Philippine Foreign Service posts in the US, Department of Foreign Affairs, Department of Tourism and Rajah Tours Philippines. It has also become a venue for Filipinos and Americans to explore trade and investment activities in the Philippines, whose economy has grown significantly since President Benigno S. Aquino’s assumption into office.

“I invite my countrymen in the U.S. as well as our American friends to take part in this amazing tour and witness for themselves the tremendous growth that has been achieved in the Philippines in recent years,” Ambassador Jose Cuisia said.  “The organizers are hard at work putting together a wonderful program and I am certain they will not disappoint this year’s participants,” he added.

Interested parties may visit ACGTDT.COM or contact the Philippine Department of Tourism in New York at pdotnewyork@gmail.com or 212-575-7915 for additional information and pricing. Hurry as participation is limited. Deadline for registration is on May 15, 2015.

Click here to download information on basic tour packages, post tours, and the registration form. ###