Tuesday , June 19, 2018

Tourism department launches 'Bring home a Friend'

ENTRIES are now being accepted for the Department of Tourism's "Bring Home a Friend" program which seeks to give incentives by encouraging Filipinos to promote tourism by inviting foreign friends for a reunion.

During the launch of the 1st North Philippines Tourism Forum and Career Fair Tourism Department Assistant Secretary and Spokesperson Frederick Allegre explained the program may be considered as a reunion of sorts to redefine Philippine tourism.

"The success of the program would not be measured in terms of the number of foreign invitees entering the country but on its ability to 'empower' Filipinos to actively take part in tourism promotions."

The contest, which runs from October 15, 2017 to April 15, 2018, allows Filipinos residing here and abroad as well as expatriates based in the Philippines to win prizes through an electronic raffle for simply inviting their foreign friends to come visit the Philippines.

The DOT views the program to empowering the people which is the core strength of our tourism campaign. It’s more than bringing friends and family back home, since it is a shout out to the world to come and see the Philippines.

Prizes to be won for “sponsors” (Filipinos inviting foreign friends) include an Eastwood Le Grand Tower studio condo unit (first prize), an orange metallic Toyota Vios 2017 Model (second prize), or 200,000 pesos worth of gift certificates from Duty Free (third prize).

Meanwhile, prizes for “invitees” (foreign friends visiting the Philippines) include two roundtrip international business class tickets plus two roundtrip domestic tickets to Palawan (first prize), two roundtrip international premium economy tickets plus two roundtrip domestic tickets to Cebu (second prize), and two roundtrip international economy tickets plus two roundtrip domestic tickets to Davao (third prize).