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26/02/2018: 12th AMBASSADORS’ TOUR TO THE PHILIPPINES LAUNCHED IN HONOLULU

Consul General Joselito A. Jimeno gives his welcome remarks during the official
launch of the 12th Ambassadors’ Tour.

The Philippine Consulate General in Honolulu, Hawaii officially launched on 23 February 2018 the 12th Ambassadors Tour to the Philippines, to be held from 7 to 16 July 2018 and will take the delegates to top tourist spots in Manila, Cebu and Bohol.

The launch was attended by around 100 individuals comprising of comprising of prospective tour participants,
travel and tour agents, media and members of the Filipino community.

A joint project of the Philippine Foreign Service Posts in the United States, the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Tourism, with Rajah Tours as the selected ground handler, the 12th Ambassadors’ Tour enables Filipino and Filipino Americans and to rekindle their social and cultural ties to their homeland. It also provides them and their American friends a wonderful panorama of the sights, sounds and tastes of the Philippines, as well as a unique opportunity for participants to personally witness the many positive developments taking place in the country, developments which have been fueled to a significant extent by the efforts of overseas Filipinos.

Consul General Jimeno (center) with the Hawaii consolidators, members of the media and the Filipino American community.

In his welcome remarks, Consul General Joselito A. Jimeno encouraged the audience to take part in this affordable, most sought after annual tour to the Philippines, adding that participating in the Ambassadors’ Tour not only allows the participate to experience firsthand the unparalleled warmth and hospitality of the Filipinos, but is also a way for US-based Filipinos and Filipino Americans to help boost Philippine tourism and contribute to the local communities in Manila, Cebu and Bohol.

He also enlisted the support of the travel agencies, media and the Filipino community to help promote the tour.

During the program, Consul Joyleen E. Santos made a presentation on the 12th Ambassadors' Tour, its background, itinerary and package costs for the basic tour.

Consul General Jimeno, together with the tour consolidators, or Hawaii’s travel agents and tour operators, fielded questions from the audience about the highly-anticipated tour during the program’s Question and Answer segment. The consolidators announced that for delegates coming from Hawaii, the price for the basic tour – inclusive of international and domestic airfares, hotel accommodation for 8 days and 7 nights, on twin sharing basis, land transportation and tours – starts from US$2,215.00 only, one of the least expensive package deals currently available for travelers coming from Hawaii to the Philippines.

The Philippine Consulate also prepared a presentation highlighting tourist attraction and activities in Manila, Cebu and Bohol to give the audience a glimpse of what to expect for the 12th Ambassadors’ Tour.

Since its inception in 2005, the Ambassadors’ Tour, formerly called as the Ambassadors, Consuls General and Tourism Directors Tour (ACGTDT), has become an annual tourist-generating program through the revenues derived from sold tour packages from the participants, with the exception of the Presidential election years of 2010 and 2016.

For more information on the 12th Ambassadors’ Tour, please contact the Philippine Consulate General at telephone numbers 808-595-6316 to 19 and email address pcghonolulu.culturalsection@gmail.com. Additional information on the tour is available at websitehttp://www.ambassadorstour2018.com/ (END)