The recently concluded Negros Oriental Tourism Summit hosted in Bethel Guest House, Dumaguete City last July 28, 2017 again brought together familiar faces from the local tourism industry and industry partners.
Stakeholders from all sectors in the local tourism industry were well represented in the one-day meeting; representatives from the national and regional governments also attended.
The ultimate goal of the summit was to gather all tourism stakeholders in the province, identify issues and concerns besetting the tourism industry, and present project priorities for national support and funding . The need for collaboration was highlighted, and further enhancement of plans, program, and activities was encouraged for the industry to be nationally and globally competitive.
Myla Abellana, Provincial Tourism Officer kickstarted the event by providing a run-thru of the province’s must-sees and dos and formally launching the province’s new tourism website (www.visitnegrosoriental.com) and promotional videos. July Gabato, OIC Regional Director of DOT7, spoke on existing and emerging markets every tourism business must look into for potential business expansion.
Further along, John Jalandoni, Center Manager of NOCCI made a brief presentation of the province’s road map and tourism priority projects, which excited the audience. Identified priority projects were: 1. Opening of a DOT-NIR Office in Dumaguete City, 2. International sea and air terminals in Bacong and 3. The Metro Dumaguete Diversion Road. NOCCI’s vision is anchored on the province becoming one of the top 10 destinations in the country.
Also in attendance was Jesus Hinlo Jr, Undersecretary of DILG, who mentioned about striking a good balance between all forms of development, with emphasis on aggressive expansion, in consonance with President Duterte’s “build, build, build” program. This is indeed the golden age of infrastructure in recent memory as well as in Philippine history. On the other hand, Frederick Alegre, Assnt Secretary of DOT, delivered a timely presentation on Media Management in Tourism during crisis.
The afternoon session was reserved for open forum where attendees were able to express their views and take on issues of the day, and guest speakers provided valuable insights and feedback.
- Thanks to Ruvilu Lumacao of the Provincial Tourism Office for providing a brief background of the event.