• A world of ‘Discovery’ awaits the Filipino traveler

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    Odette Huang, corporate director of Sales and Marketing

    Odette Huang, corporate director of Sales and Marketing

    Discovery Leisure joins 3-day Travel Tour Expo at SMX

    Without a doubt, Filipinos have become more informed about the beauty of their country, having developed the thirst to explore the many different and promising destinations these 7,100 islands have to offer.

    Homegrown hospitality company The Discovery Leisure Company Inc. (TDLCI) attests to this happy development what with its 15-year presence in the tourism business. To date, Discovery has five world-class properties under its name around the country, and in building its network has witnessed the transformation of Filipino traveling habits.

    “In recent years, the Filipino traveler has become a stronger pillar in the local and regional holiday scene. Tourism is at an all-time high for the country,” Jun Parreño, Discovery Leisure chief operating officer, told The Manila Times.

    He further observed, “We have seen that the more exposed the Filipino market becomes to international trends, the more demanding they become, be it for world-class amenities or quality service, all the way to internet speeds.”

    The development of the Filipino traveler, according to Parreño is a very good thing for their company and the tourism industry as a whole because it keeps them on their toes in providing satisfying experiences for their clients.

    Chief Operating Officer Jun Parreño

    Chief Operating Officer Jun Parreño

    This and more is what Discovery Leisure will highlight and bring to the Travel Tour Expo of the Philippine Travel Agencies Association, which opens today at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. Yet another indicator of a vibrant tourism industry in the country, the now yearly expo will run through Sunday, February 7.

    Discover options
    Discovery Leisure is very excited to offer Filipinos various vacation options at the Travel Tour Expo.

    “Be it in urban Metro Manila, upland Tagatay, or the tropical paradises of Boracay and Palawan, we’ve got something for every vacationer,” Parreño enthused.

    Featuring possibilities of retail therapy, foodie adventures and relaxing staycations, Discovery Leisure offers its properties in heart of two business districts in Metro Manila.

    The first is Discovery Suites, a favorite choice for vacationers looking for stress-free respites in the Ortigas Business District. Replete with a gym, pool and a kids’ playroom, the hotel is within walking distance from SM Megamall. It is also the home to the multi-awarded steak restaurant 22 Prime.

    Over at the Makati Central Business District, meanwhile, is Discovery Primea, which is but a few steps away from premium shopping malls, museums and the best parks in the city.

    From the urban jungle to a tropical paradise. Discovery Primea is the company’s newest property in Metro Manila

    From the urban jungle to a tropical paradise. Discovery Primea is the company’s newest property in Metro Manila

    “If you plan to stay in, soak your stress away at Manila’s only Turkish Bath or lounge in the hotel’s 20-meter heated infinity pool,” enticed Parreño.

    For an accessible out-of-town vacation, the company banners Discovery Country Suites in Tagaytay, overlooking the picturesque Taal Volcano. A must-visit for foodies in the property is Verbena restaurant, which makes delicious use of Tagaytay’s fresh produce in a celebrated menu.

    Further out of Luzon of course is the famous Discovery Shores, which has just been recognized by Tripadvisor with the 2016 Traveller’s Choice award. There, guests can experience Boracay in style through dining at Sands or relaxing at the Terra Wellness Spa.

    Finally, travelers also have the option to discover Coron’s breathtaking sunsets in Club Paradise’s 19-hectare private island. A nature getaway, guests can share their holiday with hatching sea turtles, island birds and sea cows in the only hotel in Dimakya Island.

    “Club Paradise also offers all-in packages, which include full meals, perfect for a stress-free island escape,” added Parreño.

    Discovery Shores Boracay remains to be its mostawarded resort

    Discovery Shores Boracay remains to be its mostawarded resort

    Show of force
    For Odette Huang, corporate director of Sales and Marketing, Discovery Leisure’s presence at the Travel Tour Expo is not only anchored on business, as they offer their properties to the vibrant market.

    “We make it a point to participate in the Travel Tour Expo because through it we support the tourism industry as a whole—more than just being an opportunity to sell, it is a show of force, and proof that domestic travel is alive and growing,” she said in a separate interview.

    Rounding up, the executive shared, “Our goal at Discovery is to ensure the happiness of every guest. And the most effective way to ensure customer happiness is by delivering experiences that are relevant to today’s travel, and those that bring comfort and ease to our guests—from the moment they click onto our website, check in, and to the day they check out.”

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