The yearly tradition of online travel shopping spree is returning next month with the theme is “Eat. Stay.Love.”
The organizer, Hotel Sales and Marketing Association of the Philippines, last week invited the public to re-engage with the world and rediscover the joys of travel.
The traveling public may enjoy an array of tour and hospitality packages with vouchers that has no expiration date.
The online sale includes discounted room stays, weekend getaways, rejuvenating spa experiences as well as food and beverage deals.
Aside from these, the online travel mart also offers discounts on meeting and conferences packages as well as banquet occasions such as weddings, debuts, engagement parties, among others.
A total of 78 resorts and hotels in Metro Manila, Southern Tagalog, tourist destinations Boracay, Palawan, Bohol, Cebu and Davao will join the travel fair.
Travelers can enjoy the annual sale that will run from Sept 1 to 30 through the SOS website: https://www.hsma.org.ph/sos/.
This is the second year HSMA is holding the SOS for a whole month.
“From a 15-day event in our first year, we’ve planned a month-long travel mart. We are also including the ancillary services of the properties such as restaurants, bars, banquet packages, spa, gym and pool, and other facilities of the hotel, making this year’s campaign more thrilling and inviting,” Benjie Martinez, HSMA President and Area Director of Sales & Marketing for Bayleaf Hotels said.
Last year, HSMA said SOS sold more than 5,100 vouchers amounting to P29.2 million in gross sales.
“The variety of packages on offer are compelling and creative and will definitely attract more buyers who are eager to rediscover the joys of travel after being confined in their bubble in the last 24 months,” Martinez said, stressing the demand for “revenge travel.”
The SOS is made possible by HSMA partners such as the Department of Tourism, the Tourism Promotions Board, Atlantis, and Media Meter. The travel fair is also powered by resources from exclusive sponsors Maya and Megaworld International.
After the SOS, HSMA can also look forward to its annual Virtual Awards, a competition “designed to shift paradigms in hospitality excellence.”
In 2020, it launched a special award to recognize the contributions of hospitality frontliners. The special award is called “Champions of Resilience Award for Covid-19 Response” awarded to individuals and institutions who are addressing the challenges amid the COVID-19 pandemic.