The City Tourism and Development Office (CTDO) said that a “mini trade fair” will welcome passengers of the Japanese cruise ship “MV Pacific Venus” which will dock at the Iloilo International Port, Loboc, Lapuz, Iloilo City this weekend.
CTDO head Junel Ann Divinagracia said the mini trade fair will be established at an area in the port where small and medium enterprises (SMEs) here can showcase Ilonggo products.
“We need to take the opportunity to introduce to them what our city is and what we can offer,” she said.
Divinagracia said the trade fair will be mounted like a “small village” and a “bahay-kubo” will be set up as added feature to the event which will run from Jan. 26 until morning of Jan. 27.
Aside from SMEs from Iloilo, entrepreneurs from Antique and Bacolod City will also take part in the trade fair.
“We reminded them that Japanese are meticulous and very particular in terms of packaging so the products should be of international standards,” she said.
According to the Department of Tourism (DOT)-6, the Japanese cruise ship will carry a total of 720 passengers including 180 crew members.
An estimated 400 Japanese passengers will witness the highlights of the Dinagyang Festival including the Kasadyahan Cultural Competition and the Dagyang Tribes Dance Competition.
Iloilo Dinagyang Foundation Inc. said that 400 seats are reserved in the newly constructed Iloilo City Dinagyang Grandstand for these visitors.PIA-Iloilo