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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Albay to unveil marker for best tourism advocacies and practices

By Sally Atento-Altea

LEGAZPI CITY, Sept 21 (PIA) -- The Provincial Government of Albay (PGA), through the Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office (PTCAO), will be unveiling a tourism marker for the successful tourism initiatives and best practices of the province.

Albay provincial tourism officer Dorothy Colle said the marker is for the Tourism Star Philippines Award for local chief executive first conferred by the Department of Tourism (DOT) to Governor Joey Salceda last December 18, 2014.

Colle noted that such markers inside the provincial capitol will serve as a reminder of the success of the governor in promoting the tourism industry of Albay as well as the humanitarian efforts of the provincial government.

DOT has chosen Salceda for the said award for leading Albay’s phenomenal growth in tourism as it rose from the ruins of disasters that stunted the province for decades.

As former economic adviser to previous presidents, Salceda has successfully implemented a comprehensive tourism work program in Albay, bringing to the fore various regulations and investment projects to achieve significant tourism development.

Colle said the unveiling of the market at the Albay Capitol main lobby is set on October 26, 2015 in time for the governor’s birthday.

DOT’s Tourism Star Philippines is a new set of awards for individuals who have demonstrated strong and deep commitment to the country’s tourism through excellent customer service and investment in tourism development efforts.

The awards are divided into two categories.  The tourism front-liners and individuals who embody the true Filipino brand of warm hospitality, of going the extra mile in the service of tourists; and local chief executives (LCE), a mayor or a governor, whose projects contribute positively to the tourism industry.

The awards program also mark a significant milestone in the DOT, as it fully implements the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) which leverages on public-private sector partnerships to improve competitiveness of tourism facilities and services, capacitate local government units, ensure sustainable tourism development and initiate focused marketing and promotions.(MAL/SAA/PGAlbayPIA5/Albay)

 - See more at: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2571442822799/albay-to-unveil-marker-for-best-tourism-advocacies-and-practices#sthash.Fxxo4XUm.dpuf

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