Official Publication of the Philippine Information Agency Bicol Regional Office, in cooperation with the RIAC-REDIRAS - RDC Bicol

Friday, December 9, 2016

Bicol Tourism Summit promises brighter prospects for the region

By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

NAGA CITY, Dec. 9 (PIA) --- “This summit will certainly shed new light on the potential and new tourism products and services, as well as guide stakeholders from the government and private sector for a sustainable and responsible tourism development.”

Thus stated Naga City Mayor John Bongat on the brighter prospects that await every Bicolano after the successful holding of the 2-day Bicol Regional Tourism summit held November 28 to 29 at The Tent, Avenue Plaza ,here.

The summit, which gathered all tourism stakeholders from all over the region, showcased the current state of the country’s tourism industry and served as a venue where every partaker can find ways to collaborate and complement their respective line of interests to the over-all goal of enhancing the tourism industry.

This was also aligned to the mandate of President Rodrigo Roa- Duterte to transform the tourism sector into one of the most viable economic drivers that would propel inclusive growth in consonance with the National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP).

DOT Undersecretary Alma Rita D. Jimenez during her discussion on promoting growth and competitiveness through sustainable development, emphasized that under the Duterte administration, local government units will be given more definitive role in the promotion, not only of their local tourism, but also of the regional and national potentials as well.

Bongat stated that Bicol tourism has already crafted its own niche in the tourism industry and Naga City is not far behind when it comes to efforts and innovations to entice more visitors and make their stay truly an unforgettable experience.

“With the help of the DOT , Naga has continuously improved the quality of service of our tourism enterprises and workers by investing in regular trainings to enhance the skills and knowledge of tourism workers, and by conducting joint inspections quarterly of tourism businesses, we are able to maintain standards as expected by tourists travelling to Naga and making Naga a jump-off point to other tourism places or destinations in the region.”

Bongat also acknowledged the outstanding innovations and interventions crafted by the Arts, Culture and Tourism Office (ACTO) headed by Alec Santos, especially its personalized approach in assisting tourism enterprises and stakeholders. This, he said, has led to the steady growth of tourism arrivals in the city and the region.

Santos believes that more than the number of tourists coming in, LGUs also needs to give attention to other things.

"Success in Naga and Bicol's tourism industry cannot be measured solely in tourist arrivals. Tourism planners and stakeholders like LGUs need to focus as well on what's important: generating income and creating jobs. That is the essence of sustainable, responsible and inclusive tourism development,” Santos added.

In closing, Bongat said that the summit will provide Bicol’s tourism stakeholders the chance to gain new knowledge and insights into our Region’s potential as a tourism destination. (MAL/LSM/JRM-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

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