Tri Ilocos Norte wins Best Sports Tourism Event of the Year

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TINMAN: Tri Ilocos Norte bags this year’s Best Sports Tourism Award (Domestic) by Trisports Solutions Inc. at the 4th Sports Tourism Awards held last December 10, 2020. This is the first nomination and feat for the triathlon event in this prestigious annual awards and recognition night.

The 4th Philippine Sports Tourism Awards, founded by Chairman Charles Lim is organized by Cebu-based public relations agency Selrahco PR since 2018 recognizes exemplary sports initiatives from the public and private sectors who have shown interest and deep conviction in promoting sports tourism in the country. This year, the ceremony held at the Clark Marriot Hotel has the full support from Smart Communications, Universal Robina Corporation, Coca-Cola Philippines, and Clark Development Corporation. The Philippine Sports Tourism Awards also recently created the Sports Turismo Alliance, an official member of the International Associations of Event Hosts, to build a community of movers and shakers of Philippine sports tourism consisting of all winners of previous sports tourism awards including Sunrise Events Inc., Dumaguete City, Philippine Airlines, Province of Cebu, Davao City, Cebu Pacific and Resorts World Manila, to name a few.

About Trisports Solutions Inc.

It was in December of 2012 when a group of friends saw the opportunity to offer innovation and more options in the multisport community. With the growing presence of multisport events in the country, Trisports Solutions Inc. founded by Mikey Chua, Timmy Chua and Carlo Sampan, paved the way to introduce triathlon to the grassroots and new entrants through its affordable fees yet quality events management in new and promising locations, such as Ilocos Norte. Since then, the group has expanded its network and has established its name in the sports organizing industry, with its holistic approach in providing different avenues and platforms for health-conscious communities through collaboration, innovation and sustainable community development through sports tourism.

The first and flagship event was Tri Ilocos Norte, with just less than a hundred multisport participants. Over the years, sports tourism initiatives and opportunities grew with the inclusion of other sports during the race weekend such as ultimate Frisbee, rugby clinics and open water swims. For Tri Ilocos Norte, our partnership with the Hotels, Resorts and Restaurants Association, along with the support of the Tourism of Office of Ilocos Norte and the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte allowed us to have more awareness and engagement on the culture and heritage of Ilocos Norte with the landscape including culinary, environmental and experiential activities.

On a tourism aspect, teams participating are mostly composed of families and friends, spending at least 5 days in the area not just to race, but to visit tourist spots as well. The designs of our materials were co-created with local designers and made from indigenous materials, and we partnered with the local environmental group for awareness of their causes.

“As we see a deeper role and sense of our existence in the Philippine multisport Community, our efforts were aligned and directed by our purpose of influencing people to live a better lifestyle. Our events can be considered as panaceas to any health threats of any form, and we believe that collectively, we can address and be responsive to the needs of our community by becoming positive influencers especially in the area of health and wellness. We continuously strive for improvement, provide an excellent experience for our participants, and satisfy our partners’ goals through our remarkable delivery. With our ongoing interaction between partners, we create the basis of trust and mutual understanding that enables us to go for more ambitious objectives and lead us sequentially in broadening our partnership scope in sports tourism.” – Carlo Sampan, Managing Partner and VP for marketing of Trisports Solutions Inc.

Other awardees of the 4th Sports Tourism Awards in the other 15 categories were:

Mr. Joee Guilas of Resorts World Manila - Charity Event of the Year

Ms. Sophie De Los Santos of Tour de Cebu for Adventure - Event of the Year

Mr. Mikey Chua of TINMAN - Sports Tourism Domestic Event of the Year

Ms. Princess Galura - Sports Tourism International Event of the Year is IRONMAN 70.3's and Sports Private Organizer of the Year for Sunrise Events

Philippine Airlines - Airline of the Year

Government is Dumaguete City represented by Mayor Remollo - Sports Organizer of the Year

Atty. Jorenz Tanada - Event Sponsorship of the Year

Mr. Matt Attaway for The Mansion Boutique Hotel and Villas – Hotel of the years

Ms. Kat De Castro of People's Television Network – Media coverage of the year

Mr. Ramon Marchan of Triathlon Association of the Philippines - Sports Association of the Year

Vice President Arrey Perez for BCDA - Sports Tourism Venue of the year

Mr. Renato W. Lee of Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority - Destination Marketing of the Year

Ms. Mariza Mandocdoc of Clark Development Corporation - Sports Tourism Destination of the Year

Mr. Manuel Pangilinan - Sports Tourism Personality of the Year (Private)

Mayor Felipe Remollo - Sports Tourism Personality of the Year (Government)


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