Tuesday, October 5, 2021

HSMA GPSTV “Go Safe, Go Travel: Walk and Talk With Us” Season 2


The Peninsula Manila Lobby

A television travel show to remind viewers
how beautiful and wonderful the Philippines is
despite the pandemic, and how – soon –
we can experience it once again

The world is a very different place than it was a year and a half ago, to the point it can sometimes be hard to remember “normal” as we slowly come to grips with this new normal in the wake of the reality that is COVID-19. But what if we could travel, even if it’s just in our imagination for now? Yes, there is a TV show that could help with that.

As everyone stays inside their homes to shelter in safety and slow the spread of the virus, more and more people are putting streaming services through their paces and bingeing on a whole bunch of TV shows and movies. If you’ve already gorged on comfort viewing and worked to keep your mind sharp with some high-concept television, we have your next big binge ready! Revisiting a new normal world with the help of HSMA GPSTV “Go Safe, Go Travel: Walk and Talk With Us” Season Two.
Acuaverde Beach Resort

Bellevue Bohol

A passion project of the Hotel Sales and Marketing Association (HSMA) in partnership with the Department of Tourism (DoT), Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), and Isentia,  HSMA GPSTV “Go Safe, Go Travel: Walk and Talk With Us”  is a collaborative effort aimed at re-igniting the wanderlust of millions of Filipinos while always keeping in mind their health and safety, and a reminder to them of how beautiful the Philippines is through a pioneering television broadcast all set to stream on GPSTVofficialph on Facebook and YouTube and on a CNN TV special later in November this year.

Crimson Boracay

Discovery Shores Boracay

Today, as the Philippines begins to cautiously emerge from lockdown, the tourism industry that accounts for about 12.8% of the national GDP is looking towards the new travel normal. And Filipino travelers, many of whom have been largely confined to their homes for over a year, are starting to dream again of beaches, mountains, and relaxing getaways. Yet, reopening travel presents its own challenges.

“Before traveling to a new destination, I like to watch travel shows that will inspire me and my family or my friends about our upcoming trip.  It’s a great way for all of us to plan ahead on what destinations to check out, what restaurants to eat in, the shops we want to visit, and activities we want to enjoy while never losing sight of the all-important fact of staying safe and healthy. This is how we envision HSMA GPSTV “Go Safe, Go Travel: Walk and Talk With Us” to be. Think of it as an appetizer of future travels to come,” said HSMA President, Mr. Benjamin Martinez.

Hosted by Kevin Lapeña, GPSTV show has put together a list of excellent travel destinations that will have armchair explorers go on gastronomic and cultural adventures, staycations, bakasyon grandes in beach and adventure destinations, and even plan for milestone events when it is finally allowed. 

From The Peninsula Manila’s iconic lobby and its famous halo-halo to Hotel Lucky Chinatown’s dim sum and pancit specialties, from The Bayleaf Intramuros’ Sky Deck and its incomparable views of the Manila Bay sunset to  Diamond Hotel and their glorious ensaymada,  from Sofitel Philippine Plaza’s table-groaning buffets in Spirals to Marriott Clark Hotel’s rooms that celebrate Pampanga’s unique heritage, from a unique Ilocos getaway in Vitalis Villas to a relaxing Acuaverde Beach Resort staycation in Batangas, from sunning in Bluewater Maribago Beach Resort while enjoying Cebu’s many delights to Crimson Resort & Spa Boracay and Discovery Shores Boracay’s famous white sand beaches, from The Bellevue Bohol’s pristine waters to immersing one’s self in the rich culture of Mindanao while staying in Dusit D2 Davao, and so much more! Season Two of HSMA GPSTV promises to be a great travel show that will have its viewers eager to plan their dream getaways once we can all travel again! 

Dusit D2

Marriott Clark

“Someday soon, we hope to see all of us exploring our country once more and checking into city hotels, island resorts, mountain lodges, and seaside hideaways and experiencing our famous brand of Filipino warmth and hospitality,” added HSMA Vice President Loleth So. “And we hope watching GPSTV will have something to do with it; that it will encourage our viewers to pack up their bags and just go!”

Other than unique content and excellent travel tips, HSMA GPSTV “Go Safe, Go Travel: Walk and Talk With Us” will also be sharing the latest travel protocols with its viewers as well as first dibs on special offers from HSMA-member hotels and resorts.

HSMA GPSTV “Go Safe, Go Travel: Walk and Talk With Us” Season Two is all set to stream on GPSTVofficialph on Facebook and on YouTube starting September 22 and on a CNN TV special in November this year.

About HSMA Philippines

The Hotel Sales and Marketing Association (HSMA) Philippines is the premier organization of hotel sales and marketing leaders in the Philippines. It was established in 1979 at an informal gathering of directors of sales and marketing of top Metro Manila hotels, growing over the years to become an organization of 140 hotel and resort properties nationwide.

HSMA was an active stakeholder in the 6-month rehabilitation of Boracay, functioning as a mouthpiece for affected resort owners and workers in the island, and worked with the DOT to house the athletes during the 2019 Southeast Asian Games. Despite the challenges brought about by the pandemic, HSMA pressed on with a myriad of trademark events in 2020 such as the 6th Virtus Awards and the inaugural SOS to restore domestic tourism confidence and stimulate demand.

Today, HSMA continues to be a trailblazer in the tourism industry through the leadership of Board Chair Margie Munsayac (Bluewater Resorts), President Benjie Martinez (The Bayleaf Hotels), Vice President Loleth So, Secretary Amie Villena (The Bellevue Hotels and Resorts), Treasurer Desiree Rose de Guzman (Astoria Hotels and Resorts), Director for Membership Ma. Celeste Romualdo (The Linden Suites), Director for Programs Michael Albaña (Conrad Manila), Director for Ways & Means Cristina Carreon (Marriott Hotel Manila), and Director for Education Joanne Golong Gomez (Hilton Manila), Director for Public Relations Carmela Bocanegra (Chroma Hospitality).

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