MANILA -- The Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) on Wednesday invited Filipinos to its 2019 Travel Tour Expo (TTE), expected to gather more than 400 exhibitors that offer markdowns on travel packages and services to international and domestic destinations.

TTE organizing committee chairperson Marlene Dado Jante said attendees can expect "packages that are only exclusively available" at the expo.

Jante said flight tickets may go as low as 50 percent less than regular prices. She added that curated packages for holiday travelers in the upcoming Lenten season will also be available during the expo.

"Actually, we have cheaper offers in domestic destinations. The airfare is marked down by 50 percent, and you can get hotel accommodation as low as PHP1,500," she said.

"We also have Holy Land tour offers during the expo, prices depend on the hotel classification and tours."

The expo, to cover the entire 16,230 square meters of floor space at the SMX Convention in Pasay, will host more than 400 exhibitors including the biggest airlines, hotels, resorts, theme parks, and cruise lines worldwide.

Participating sellers from 16 countries will participate in the event, including those from Australia, Cambodia, Croatia, Dubai, France, Guam, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Philippines, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, and Turkey.

Setting the bar higher for the TTE, one of the largest annual travel affairs in the Philippines, Jante said the event will also provide platform for undiscovered local destinations to promote their places.

The organizers are looking forward to break foot traffic records when the 26th edition of the TTE opens on February 8.

Over the last three years, Jante said the TTE has seen a 10 percent increase in its foot traffic.

The expo, which runs from Feb. 8 to 10, is open to the public with an entrance fee of PHP100 for regular patrons and PHP70 for senior citizens. (PNA)