Nominations for PSTA Open

A BEAMING Princess Galura (center), general manager of Sunrise Events, Inc proudly holding both award trophies during the SunLife 5150 held in Naga City recently. Giving the awards were Gelena Asis-Dimpas (left), Chief Tourism Operations Officer, Department of Tourism Region 7 and Charles Lim (right) founder and chairman of the Philippines Sports Tourism Awards.

NOMINATIONS for the 3rd Philippine Sports Tourism Awards are now open to all sports and tourism-related associations, event organizers, companies and local government units that have excelled in supporting, organizing and managing sports events to attract visitors to their destinations.

The prestigious awards will from this year be given annually to the various categories in the private and government sectors for domestic or international events.

Introduced by Selrahco Management, a marketing and promotions company focusing on destination and sports marketing, the PSTA is a spin-off of the Sports Tourism Forum which was formed in 2004. PSTA is now managed by Selrahco-Primetime.

Previous honorees include Sunrise Events, Inc (2015-2017) as private event organizers, Dumaguete City (2017) and Municipality of Lubao, Pampanga (2017) as government event organizers; Tabuelan 111(2015) and Visit Davao Summer Festival (2017) as domestic event of the year; Ironman 70.3 Cebu (2015) and Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship (2017) as event of the year;

Philippine Inter-Island Sailing Federation (2015) and Philippine Football Federation (2017) as national sports association of the year; Province of Cebu (2015) and Cebu Pacific Air (2017) for destination marketing; Resorts World Manila Masters (2015) and Century Tuna Ironman (2017) for event sponsorship of the year;

Fat Boy 10s Rugby (2015) and Fundlife International (2017) were named charity events of the year, Philippine Airlines was named 2017 airline of the year while Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort & Spa romped away with the hotel of the year 2017 award.

FOR its relentless efforts in putting Cebu on the sports tourism map, Sunrise Events, Inc was recognized by the Philippines Sports Tourism Awards founded by Cebu based Selrahco as event organizer of the year. In addition to that, Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Championship organized by Sunrise Events, was named international event of the year recently.

The prestigious award of destination of the year was won by Clark Freezone in 2015 and Subic Bay in 2017. 

Nominations for events held only in 2018 will be considered. The categories are:

Destination of the Year, Organizer of the Year (LGU), Organizer of the Year (Private), Event of the Year (Domestic), Event of the Year (International), Destination Marketing of the Year, NSA of the Year, Hotel of the Year, Event Sponsorship of the Year, Airline of the Year, Charity Event of the Year

Four new categories are added for this year – Tour Operator of the Year, Sports Venue of the Year, Sports MICE event of the Year, and Media Coverage of Year.

Deadline for nominations will be on June 30, 2019. Nomination forms are available online on the PSTA Facebook page at There is no fee in nominating an entry. Only shortlisted nominations will be announced.

For more information, call Mr. Gabe Tomboc at +639064067051   or email