India’s first and largest producer of news, current affairs and entertainment television, New Delhi Television Limited, was in the Philippines to shoot its several top travel shows, Confessions of a Travel Bag, Shopaholic and No Big Deal.
Confessions of a Travel Bag showcases best bargains for shopping from around the world—from high-end designer stores to local flea and handicraft markets. Shopaholic scours the world for unique finds, while No Big Deal features traveling on a shoestring budget.
Accompanied by Mehha Ahuja, marketing manager of the Philippine Tourism Marketing office in India and the Department of Tourism—Manila, each of the TV show sent their own crew, with Neha Dixit, NDTV Lifestyle host and producer and Amrita Gandhi, host, for a month-long of filming the country’s unique destinations.
Ace Durano, secretary of Tourism, said, “As a testament to how varied our destinations are, we have the Indian media choosing to highlight other facets of the Philippines—as a unique shopping destination and a cost-effective travel haven for backpackers.”
Durano further explained that the Indian segment has primarily been geared for MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) market, but is now branching out into several other specialized tourism packages.
The Department of Tourism together with the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) assisted NDTV in their tour of the country’s unique spots.
“We laud efforts of groups like the FDCP in their unrelentless support to promote our country’s teeming attractions. We are calling out to several other sectors in film, broadcast and other medium as well to join us in our aim to boost tourism to create more jobs and opportunities in our country,” added Durano.
From the world-renowned shoes of Marikina to Cebu’s historical spots and period architecture, the Tourism department took the crew to the country’s exclusive and unique spots.
“We make sure that the foreign media covers the range of our destinations from the well-known spots to the hidden nooks so the world can see each distinctive appeal of our diverse attractions,” said Eduardo Jarque Jr., Department of Tourism undersecretary for Tourism Planning and Promotions.
From the Marikina Riverbanks’ shoes, the crew also featured Miladay Jewels’ local cultured pearls, Frederick Peralta’s wedding gowns and various flea markets and high-end malls in the country.
Department of Tourism’s Team India, headed by Glenn Agustin, also brought the groups to familiarization trips of Bohol, Cebu, Pagsanjan, Taal Lake and Metro Manila.
Several members of the group were enamored by the Loboc River Cruise, while some others enjoyed their visit at the Tarsier Sanctuary in Corella. Shooting the whale sharks and the dolphins in Pamilacan Island was also one of the cheered moments during the tour.
After Bohol, they went to Cebu to film the craft of guitar making in one of Mactan’s famous guitar factories.
India posted a 15.36-percent growth rate in tourist arrivals recorded from January to October of this year.