MANILA, Philippines -- Billed as the Philippines’ first property investment expo – the largest trade show in the industry to date – the Real Estate Hub (ReHUB) and Tourism Expo 2014 opened on Friday, September 5, at the World Trade Center.
“Asean Integration in Real Estate and Tourism To Go Glocal with Global and Local Opportunities,” read its theme. With programs, seminars and activities spanning three days, the trade fair occupied some 3,000 sqm of exhibit space, and saw an attendance of over 10,000 buyers and investors, according to ReHUB president Dr. Mary Gaw So.
“We are giving players in the real estate and tourism sectors the right venue to showcase and promote investments in the country, as well as boost the exposure of Philippine projects, services and products to further attract possible ventures,” said So, who pegged the number of local and international exhibitors at 200.
“This expo is designed as a business-to-business set-up for the international and local developers, contractors, practitioners, industry leaders, investors, trade associations and organizations, manufacturers, suppliers and other allied industries, as they start to build their networks and match businesses based on their mutual interests on property and tourism investments.”
The seminars provided an array of topics: Asean Integration Gains and Challenges for the Philippines, PAG-IBIG updates, HLURB updates, foreclosures and property auctions, foreign exchanges, equities, mutual funds, estate planning, and the regional financial market outlook, to name a few.
The expo came equipped, as well, with a job and travel fair, free legal consultation, accredited sessions with banks and developers, and seminars for real estate professionals, catering to brokers, appraisers and consultants.
Guest speaker Cynthia Villar noted, “Real estate, particularly housing, agriculture and the tourism sectors are among the five sectors cited by the National Economic and Development Authority that are critical in further reducing poverty in the country.”
Said Villar, “The possibilities in real estate, agriculture and tourism are really endless and exciting.” The Senator expressed optimism that these industries would “boost the livelihood, business and income potential in rural communities.”