Thursday, September 10, 2015

Diving Resort Travel 2015 Holds Press Conference

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The organizers of Diving Resort Travel 2015 led by the LX Development Group and the Department of Tourism (DOT) earlier this afternoon held a press conference at the Function room B of the Megatrade Hall at SM Megamall today September 10, 2015.

Jason Chong of the LX Development Group and DOT Director Verna Buensuceso, along with professional photographers and diving enthusiasts Amanda Cotton, Lynn Funkhouser, Imran Ahmad, Jerome Kim, Mike Bartick, Richard Morris, Andrew Marriott and lone Filipino Scott "Gutsy" Tuason, shared their messages to the members of the media. They commonly expressed that the Philippines has truly top of the line diving spots filled with amazing marine life, and named a few from which Anilao stood as the most frequented followed by other dive sites like Malapascua and Tubbataha.

Lynn Funkhouser really likes diving in the Philippines. This is why she has been diving for 40 years and dived 260 islands in the country already, and has never had a bad dive.

Amanda Cotton, who has been diving in the Philippines for 10 years already, says our "reefs and oceans are magical and different from the other areas in the world," and that it's "off the charts" when compared with the other dives she has made in other countries.

Imran Ahmad agrees that it is more fun in the Philippines as he has been diving here for 15 years and he finds it "pristine, beautiful and a little bit more different" and that "it' not just about the diving, it's the people."

DOT Director Verna Buensuceso gives the welcome remarks

Jason Chon of LX Development Group gives a message

Photographer Amanda Cotton shares her experience diving in the Philippines

More videos can be found at

Press Conference for Diving Resort Travel (DRT) 2015
DOT Director Verna Buensuceso

Jason Chong of  LX Development Group
Jerome Kim started diving in 1991, has stayed in Manila for 17 years already and finds Anilao as his favorite diving destination and mentioned other areas like Bohol, Romblon, Malapascua, Southern Leyte, etc..

Mike Bartick keeps coming back to the Philippines because he loves telling the stories of new discoveries of marine life. He says we are spending zillions of dollars going to space but know very little of our own planet. He also said that as a photographer, it is their job to give back by bringing public awareness of the discoveries.

Richard Morris finds the Philippines by far as the most diverse place he has been to not just below surface but above surface, and fell in love with the Philippines above the surface as well. He has made so many friends and the people were unbelievable, treating them like queens and kings, and the most spectacular thing,  and getting invited to be part of the DRT was a fabulous opportunity.

Scott Tuason has been diving since he was 11 years old in 1979 when he tagged along with his father who guided Spanish photographers around the Philippines.

Andrew Marriott was just swimming in Subic Bay earlier this morning and now he's inside a huge mall, and if he wanted to, he could be diving in Anilao tonight (if he doesn't get caught in traffic). He says you can only do that in the Philippines.

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