Strengthening community-based tourism

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Saturday, March 15, 2014


AROUND 270 tourism stakeholders from across the county attended the 4th Community-Based Rural Tourism National Conference at the Garden Royale Hall of Kundutel in Bacolod City recently.

The three-day event was a sharing of success stories in making the community a tourism development partner, said Cristine Mansinares, supervising tourism operations officer of the Provincial Tourism Office.

Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. and Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella welcomed the participants coming from local government units, tourism organizations, academe, non-government organizations, and travel agencies from around the country.

The conference was hosted by the International School of Sustainable Tourism (ISST), in partnership with the Province of Negros Occidental.

With the theme, “Tourism and Community Development,” the conference aimed to improve community-based tourism initiatives especially in rural areas to strengthen the tourism potentials of the country.

Speakers include ISST president Dr. Mina Gabor, former Pacific Asia Travel Association president Greg Duffel, and Costa Rica’s Turismo and Conservacion Consultors president Ana Baez, businesswoman Flor Tariella, Tourism Master Planning and Environmental Education consultant Chen Mencias, Philippine Heritage Society president Ivan Henares, Homestay Philippines president Rose Libongco, and PDAA Design International director Paulo Alcazaren;

Wine Museum owner Robert Joseph, Talita Kumi owner Fr. Giovanni Gentilin, Rapha Valley owner Dr. Albert Jo, Zoobic Safari owner Robert Yupangco, and CITEM executive director Rosvie Gaetos.

Partner agencies and organizations include the Department of Tourism, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Provincial Government of Negros Occidental, Association of Tourism Officers of Negros Occidental, Philippine Retirement Authority and the Development Bank of the Philippines, in cooperation with the city government of Bacolod, Development Academy of the Philippines, and Visayan Maritime Academy.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 15, 2014.

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