CRISTINE Mansinares, provincial supervising tourism operations officer, expressed optimism that Negros Occidental’s participation to the Internationale Tourismus Borse (ITB)-Berlin in Germany will attract more tourists from Europe.
The Municipal Government of La Castellana, representing Negros Occidental, is one of the 19 organizations from the Philippines participating in the five-day international tourism event running until March 11.
Considered as the world’s leading travel show, the activity gathers at least 10,000 exhibitors, tour operators, booking systems developers, airlines, hotels and other tourism business services from more than 180 countries and regions.
Germans are in the top 10 list of foreign tourist arrivals in the province last year.
Germany ranked seventh with total arrivals of 4,460 next to America, Korea, Japan, Australia, Russia, and China. Other countries noted to have high arrivals are Canada, United Kingdom, and France.
Total foreign tourist arrivals last year reached 114,686 higher than 103,042 in 2016, the Negros Occidental Tourism Division earlier reported.
“We hope that our participation will further increase the volume of tourists coming from Germany and other parts of Europe,” Mansinares said.
She added that guests from Germany and other countries in Europe want to experience nature at its best. Among the activities they look for are trekking and diving.
“Negros Occidental has a lot when it comes to these offerings,” Mansinares said, stressing that Germany is one of the most dynamic countries in the world as reflected in the national tourist arrival figures.
The country’s participation to ITB-Berlin is made possible through the Tourism Promotions Board Philippines in collaboration with the Philippine Department of Tourism-Frankfurt.
It aims to showcase cross promotion of tourism destinations, trade products and services, and the latest industry development that would position the Philippines as an attractive and competitive destination for global market.
The province’s delegation is headed by La Castellana Mayor Rhumyla Nicor-Mangilimutan.
“According to the mayor, inquiries for the past few days are mostly about sites promoting sustainable tourism practices,” Mansinares said.