NEGROS Occidental is getting a boost at the ongoing Philippine Travel Mart (PTM) at the SMX Convention Center at Mall of Asia Complex in Pasay City.

The three-day event which kicked off Friday, August 30, is considered the longest travel exhibition in the country.

Cristine Mansinares, provincial supervising tourism operations officer, said this year’s PTM will feature Philippine destinations and updated tourism products for domestic and foreign visitors in the country.

Now on its 30th edition already, PTM is one of the biggest travel expositions in the country,

Joining the Negros Occidental Tourism team headed by Mansinares are representatives from Magikland in Silay City and Palmas del Mar Resort in Bacolod City.

Department of Tourism (DOT)-accredited tour operators from Bacolod City also sent their tour packages highlighting the nature-based, cultural, culinary, and leisure and entertainment offerings.

“This (event) will continue to boost the province as a destination for tourism and investment,” she added.

Themed “Fostering Sustainable and Inclusive Tourism,” PTM is committed to the promotion of domestic and inbound tourism.

As a part of the global tourism community, it will also feature other destinations in the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (Asean).

Located at L122, the Negros Occidental booth is one of the attractions at the Western Visayas booth.

Mansinares also expressed optimism that the event will expand the province’s network.

“We can be able to introduce our new sites including the Magikland which is within the tourism enterprise zone,” she added.