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NO PROBLEM Contract signing between TII officials and major sponsors. Seated from left: Philippine National Bank (PNB) EVP and Retail Banking Sector head Bernardo H. Tocmo, PNB president and CEO Wick A. Veloso, TII president and Horizon Travel president Raymond Tee, Philippine Airlines president and COO Jaime J. Bautista, Mastercard Philippines country head Rowell Del Fierro; Standing: Mastercard Philippines director Mike Miranda, TII vice President and Ark Travel Express, Inc. president Maria Paz R. Alberto, TII director Vernon Prieto

NO PROBLEM Contract signing between TII officials and major sponsors. Seated from left: Philippine National Bank (PNB) EVP and Retail Banking Sector head Bernardo H. Tocmo, PNB president and CEO Wick A. Veloso, TII president and Horizon Travel president Raymond Tee, Philippine Airlines president and COO Jaime J. Bautista, Mastercard Philippines country head Rowell Del Fierro; Standing: Mastercard Philippines director Mike Miranda, TII vice President and Ark Travel Express, Inc. president Maria Paz R. Alberto, TII director Vernon Prieto

For Maria Paz Alberto, planning a vacation should be as hassle-free as your perfect itinerary. The vice president of Travel Innovators Inc. (TII) recommends that the solution of a “no worries and problem-free” travel is the perfect and trusted travel agent.

A travel agent is the answer to all your woes—they will not just plan your itinerary but take time to research and give you options and all you have to do is make the decisions on your flight, activity schedules, and accommodations. The rest is taken care of, even the rescheduling and rebooking. You finally have your peace of mind.

“A travel agent will patiently work with you in fixing every vacation-related problem, whether its clearing up hotel reservations or booking a different flight. In an unforeseen emergency, travel agents can provide the much-needed assistance, something that the Internet will not be able to do,” says Alberto.

What makes TII different from any other travel agencies is that they will not only suggest the popular tourist destination to be included in your itinerary but will encourage you to take the road less traveled or the hidden local destinations that promote sustainable practices toward community-based tourism (CBT).

Under this initiative, TII and its member travel agencies are actively promoting the lesser known, but equally captivating, local attractions in the countryside. These less visited places are travel goals for the Millennial generation whose adventures and exploits are always well documented and freely shared on social media.

As the lead stakeholder from the private sector, we encourage more travelers to seek out more secret spots off the beaten track, especially those areas that let travelers soak up local culture and enjoy unique experiences. By supporting the small scale CBT model, many local destinations have benefited from improved livelihood and additional income that lifts marginalized communities out of poverty,” explains Alberto.

Finally, in order to achieve your travel goal, make sure that the agencies you deal with are valid institutions that will not cause you any trouble when you start your journey to your dream destination—like the agencies you will find at the Travel Madness Expo 2019.

“The Travel Madness Expo 2019 is the one-stop shop that opens the doors to achieving your travel goals. Take advantage of surprising deals, big discounts, and competitive prices for both local and international destinations. Drop by the expo and find whatever it is that you are looking for. Make your dream vacation a reality,” says TII president and event organizer Raymond Tee.

Get your hands on amazing deals with participating airlines, hotels, resorts, cruises, theme parks, travel accessories and travel agencies. Avail of generous discounts, exclusive promos, great bargains, and super deals on your airfare, tickets, bookings, accommodation, and other travel essentials when you visit the eighth Travel Madness Expo, happening from July 5 to 7 at Halls 1-4 of the SMX Convention. —SARA FOJAS

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