Exporter hopes for lifting of travel warnings
A CEBUANO exporter hopes the travel advisories issued for the Philippines be lifted soon so more foreign buyers would drop by the country for the staging of the Manila Fame this October.
Manila Fame is considered as the country’s premier design and lifestyle event. It is a bi-annual showcase of craftsmanship, design innovation, and artisanship in Philippine products.
It features finely selected furniture and home furnishings, holiday gifts and décor, and fashion accessories designed and crafted in the Philippines for the global market.
“We really hope travel advisories will be lifted sooner to allow foreigners who will travel to Asia to also stop by Manila for the Manila Fame,” said Pete Delantar, owner of Nature’s Legacy Eximport Inc. and one of the directors of the Chamber of Furniture Industries of Philippines.
Delantar said a number of Cebuano exporters join the exhibition as this allows them to showcase Cebuano craftsmanship, meet new clients and book sales.
Manila Fame is the second longest-running trade show in the Asia-Pacific.
The Center for International Trade Expositions and Missions (Citem) expects to generate around P843 million for the staging of its twice-yearly trade exhibition in April and October 2017, a news report said.
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Citem, the exports promotions arm of the Department of Trade and Industry, said it earned over P6.73 billion in export, domestic and retail sales over the last five years.
From 2012 to 2016, the show produced P5.96 billion in export sales, P589.4 million in domestic sales, and P183 million in retail sales. It also supported close to 2,600 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
Out of the 8,418 foreign buyers, 22.8 percent came from the Americas; 21.1 percent from Europe; and 20.4 percent from East Asia. The top buying countries covered 64 percent of overall foreign sales.
The United States accounted for 19 percent; Japan, 15 percent; Australia, six percent; Hong Kong, five percent; Singapore, five percent; Germany, three percent; France, three percent; Taiwan, three percent; China, three percent; the United Kingdom, two percent; and other countries, 36 percent.
Countries like US, Japan, Canada, and UK have issued travel warnings for the Philippines early this year due to threats on terrorism.
These countries warned their citizens to avoid traveling to western Mindanao, including Marawi City where clashes are still ongoing between government troops and Maute terrorists.