CEBU as an investment haven and tourism hub is the focus of the Tourism and Investment Forum, a highlighted event of Cebu Business Month (CBM) that carries the theme “Improving Cebu’s Competitiveness in Tourism to achieve Inclusive Growth” slated for June 19 to 20 in different venues, where business leaders, stakeholders, corporate or company owners, CEOs and investors will converge.

The first day of the forum takes place at the Marco Polo Plaza Hotel, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. It will showcase investment opportunities found in Cebu and provide a business-to-business environment with open dialogue, share views and networking between participating representatives from national and local governments and potential investors.

On the following day, CBM’s Tourism and Investment Committee will also mount a roundtable discussion on the economic development of Cebu, and a tourism and investment night, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at the Radisson Blu Hotel Cebu, which will highlight an awarding ceremony and a tribute to Cebu’s businessmen and investors.

The symposium is aimed at creating an entity that will promote tourism and investment for Cebu under the umbrella of the Cebu Chamber and Industry Inc. (CCCI), which aims to serve as the “engine of Cebu’s economic growth towards global competitiveness”.

The non-profit body will seek to improve Cebu’s competitiveness in the tourism industry to achieve inclusive growth, particularly on food security, employment generation and stability, sustainability and resilience.

It also comes up with development programs for the business development councils of Cebu’s local government units to develop a culture and mindset of business and tourism.

Along with the creation of this entity, the forum aims to highlight major ways and processes to accelerate regional economic integration, improve the regulatory environment, expand connectivity, strengthen ecotech and human capacity development, and mainstream MSMEs.

This forum will also serve as part of the preparation for the Asean integration in 2015 and sustain efforts towards attracting tourism and foreign direct investments into Cebu well beyond 2015.

For further inquiries, CCCI Media Relations Officer Nova Nhie Cruz can be contacted through (032) 232-1421 to 24 local 112. More information is available on the website or on Facebook via and Twitter by following @CebuBizMonth. (PR)