NEW YORK PCG AND PDOT NY UNVEIL 2024 VERY IMPORTANT PINOY (VIP) TOUR

Consul General Senen T. Mangalile welcomes close to 100 guests to the launch of the 2024 iteration of the Very Important Pinoy (VIP) Tour. The Philippine Consulate General in New York is the lead coordinator of this year’s tour. (Photo by Nikka Arenal)

The Philippine Consulate General in New York, in partnership with the Philippine Department of Tourism’s New York Office, officially launched the 2024 Very Important Pinoy (VIP) Tour on 23 January 2024 at the Kalayaan Hall, Philippine Center in New York. 

 

The event was attended by approximately 100 guests, including airline representatives, travel agencies, members of the Filipino-American press, and individuals from various Filipino community organizations.

 

Scheduled to take place from 21 to 30 July 2024, the upcoming VIP Tour promises an immersive exploration of the captivating destinations of Manila, Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, and Bukidnon.

 

Consul General Senen T. Mangalile’s welcome remarks set a resonant tone for the evening, highlighting the pivotal role of Filipino Americans as cultural ambassadors. He stated, “I encourage you to view the VIP Tour as a homecoming—a chance to learn or rediscover the Philippines. This year’s VIP Tour is particularly noteworthy, as it will be the first time the itinerary has been expanded to include destinations in Mindanao and opportunities to interact with the local community.”

 

 

In a recorded message played during the launch, Ambassador Jose Manuel G. Romualdez invited the Filipino community to join the tour and emphasized, “The VIP Tour is a unique and immersive experience, allowing each one of you to delve into the rich cultural tapestry of the Philippines.”

L-R: Tourism Attaché Francisco Hilario M. Lardizabal showcases the “Love the Philippines” campaign and 2024 VIP Tour destinations. Mr. Jose C. Clemente III, President of Rajah Tours Philippines, presents the 2024 VIP Tour itinerary and package rates. (Photo by Ruth Galiza)

Tourism Attaché Francisco Hilario M. Lardizabal presented the “Love the Philippines” campaign and provided an overview of the VIP Tour destinations. Mr. Jose C. Clemente III, President of Rajah Tours Philippines, delved into the finer details of the tour, offering insights into the itinerary, rates, and registration process. Ms. Jocelyn Aligarbes, a previous VIP Tour participant, shared her testimonial, adding a personal dimension to the experiences that define the VIP Tour. 

Guests ask questions about the 2024 VIP Tour details. (Photo by Ruth Galiza)

The event launch concluded with a Q&A session, providing attendees the opportunity to pose questions and gain more information about the 2024 VIP Tour. 

 

Formerly known as the Ambassador, Consuls General, and Tourism Directors Tour, the VIP Tour has evolved into a flagship tourism initiative by Philippine Foreign Service Posts in the United States since its inception in the 2000s. The Philippine Consulate General in New York takes the lead in coordinating this year’s VIP Tour.  

 

The VIP Tour’s itinerary and other important details may be accessed on the VIP Tour website at www.viptourphilippines2023.com. END