Tourism and Hospitality: For the Win (FTW)-A A +A
Monday, September 23, 2013
I WISH to thank everyone who participated and contributed to the success of the 10th Annual Hotel and Restaurant Tourism (HRT) Weekend last September 5 to 7, 2013.
The three-day event of culinary and skills competitions, the Awarding of Baguio’s Outstanding Hospitality and Tourism Leaders and Practitioners and the Unveiling of our Cake Display of six of Baguio’s prime destination and heritage spots and the Mr. and Ms. HRAB pageant and other key events and activities will not be possible if not for the participating schools, hospitality practitioners and establishments, partners and sponsors, esteemed judges, tri-media partners and the scores of students and professionals from our general membership and tourism establishments. Your overwhelming support will continue to inspire us in our pursuit for culinary, hospitality and tourism excellence. We wish to thank especially, the City Government of Baguio, our tri-Media partners, SM City-Baguio and our exhibitors. We will continue to promote Baguio as a premier tourist destination as well as provide the opportunities for students and professionals to improve our standards, products and services.
On behalf of the officers and members of HRAB, I wish to thank and acknowledge all of you for being instrumental to HRAB’s collective efforts and successes. Your unfailing support to the Association has helped us overcome various challenges for the last ten years since the HRT was initially conceptualized. In this light, please allow me too, to extend my gratitude to the City Government of Baguio and the Society of Outstanding Citizens of Baguio (SOCOB) for the honor of including yours truly in the roster of awardees for Outstanding Citizens of Baguio this year. Our gratitude knows no bounds.
The successes of HRAB’s tourism programs, events and activities rest heavily on your continued support assistance, patronage and commitment to our advocacies. All stakeholders comprising of the participants, students, professionals, our esteemed roster of credible and esteemed judges, the academe -- various schools and universities, our local government, our sponsors -- for their constant support; the devoted volunteers, organizing committees, visitors and our community, including other stakeholders: We dedicate our Celebration of a Decade of Culinary Excellence to all of you.
Strength in numbers amplify networks. Networks spanning public and private sector partnerships are increasingly important in shaping tourism planning and development. Formal and informal partnerships between local government and the industry is essential in harnessing and promoting our City as a premier destination.
Private Sector development through the HRAB is progressively becoming involved towards sustainable tourism development as a strategy to support the Philippine national tourism development plan. Let us continue to aim and work to improve the capacities of private sector and local community members in tourism businesses and hospitality skills to promote a more proactive participation and involvement in various projects. Our strong alliances make for an improved institutional framework for tourism development in the country and it has set a public-private participatory model for decision and policy-making processes for tourism development, management and promotion And to all of you who have come afar and became a part of our 10th Annual Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Weekend, I offer my thanks beyond measure.
As of this issue, I am happy to bring great news and congratulate the schools and professionals who represented Northern Luzon in the National Food Showdown 2013 which was recently concluded last September 20 to 21, 2013 at the World Trade Center. Baguio Country Club bagged one gold, four silvers, three bronzes and three diplomas in the following categories: Fruit Flambé Competition, Coffee Concoctions, and Chef Wars.
All competing entries awarded with medals and diplomas! Great job everyone! Baguio Country Club continues its tradition of Beauty and Excellence.
Congratulations too, to the University of Baguio SIHTM for also winning Bronze Medal in the Chef Wars Classical Competition 2013. As part of our continuing commitment and advocacy, the Association shall continue to assist various schools and establishments by extending training, orientations and seminars on the latest trends in tourism and hospitality. Providing intensive training to local communities/ private sector in various aspects of development and management of tourism businesses, and equipping our students, professionals and educators the hospitality skills to provide them with better opportunities for advancement and competitiveness will remain on top our priority.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. ~Aristotle
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 24, 2013.