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PIA Press Release
2010/09/29

DOT 8 revitalizes regional tourism council in bid to strengthen tourism industry

Tacloban City (September 29) -- The Department of Tourism is scheduled to organize the Eastern Visayas Regional Tourism Council in order to strengthen the tourism industry in Eastern Visayas.

DOT Region 8 Director Karina Rosa Tiopes informed that an organizational meeting is set on October 1, 2:00 o'clock in the afternoon at the DOT Regional Office.

Director Tiopes said that the current thrust of the Department of Tourism is to institutionalize the tourism councils so that they can be staunch tourism advocates and partners in nation building through tourism.

Republic Act 9593 otherwise known as the Tourism Law of 2009, spells out the specific roles of the Local Government Units and the industry private sector stakeholders in tourism development, Director Tiopes said.

The partnership between the government and the private sector is also a development strategy that President Benigno S. Aquino III himself has stressed in both his inaugural speech and his first State of the Nation Address.

Republic Act 9593, Section 3 (j) provides that one of the objectives of the state is to strengthen the role of tourism councils and encourage the participation of non-government organizations (NGOs), people's organizations (POs) and the private sector in initiating programs for tourism development and environmental protection.

Thus, the Department of is encouraging all the tourism stakeholders to initiate measures for the organization or revitalization of the various local tourism councils in the country, Director Tiopes added.

Even the Regional Development Council of Eastern Visayas believes that the private sector must come in to address the needs of the tourism industry in the region.

With the help of the of the private sector and private investors, the dream of the Region to achieve what Cebu and Bohol are experiencing as far as tourism arrival is concerned will be fulfilled especially because the tourism sites in Eastern Visayas are far more beautiful and the tourists have more choices on where to go. (PIA 8) [top]

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