DOT, PRA push Phl Shopping Festival


(Source: The Philippine Star | September 21, 2015)

It will be a grand sale in the entire country from Oct. 23 to Nov. 8 this year in what is billed as the “Philippine Shopping Festival 2015” where the country’s major retailers and mall operators will join forces to promote the country as the new Asia-Pacific region’s shopping mecca.

The unity shopping festival is an offshoot of the efforts of the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Philippine Retailers Association (PRA).  It enjoys the all-out support and participation of the country’s 13 giant and small mall operators with branches nationwide.

PRA president Lorenzo C. Formoso, COO of Duty Free Philippines, said they have timed the festival with two big international events the country is hosting this year – the Asia-Pacific Retailers Convention and Exhibition (APRCE) 2015 and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders Summit that is preceded by a long series of high-level technical committee and ministerial meetings.

“With the global spotlight on the Philippines, the world will surely be watching (our country),” Formoso emphasized.

PRA chair and APRCE 2015 overall chairman Frederick D. Go, president of Robinsons Recreation Corp., said the Philippine Shopping Festival 2015 is envisioned to become an annual event, featuring two weeks of great retail bargains and other promotional activities nationwide.

“Shopping malls and retailers in the Philippines will offer discounts and promos to entice people to shop. The shopping festival will not only benefit the retail and tourism industry but also contribute to other industries like hotels, transportation and etc., which in turn will boost the country’s economy,” Go added.

Participating in the two-week festival are Duty Free Philippines, Ayala Malls, Araneta Center, Inc., Shangri-la Plaza Corp., Starmall, Robinson Malls, SM Supermalls, Riverbanks Center, Festival Supermall, Megaworld Lifestyle Malls, Ortigas & Co., Greenfield Development Corp., Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall.

The APEC Leaders Summit will be in the first week of November, but its various senior officials and ministerial meetings started back in December last year and are currently in progress. The APRCE, on the other hand, is slated from Oct. 28 to 30 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.