Tourism director shares input to stimulate industry
By Bong Pedalino
Maasin City (5 October) -- The Regional Director of the Department of Tourism (DOT) expressed her enthusiasm to achieve a dream, or a vision, in which the tourism industry in the region including this city and the province will be on equal footing with standard tourist spots across the country, particularly in the Visayas.
"One of these days our tour attractions in the region will be at par with tourism anchor destinations in Central Visayas," a confident Karina Rosa Tiopes, Regional Director of the Tourism Department, declared during the Provincial Development Council (PDC) meeting here Wednesday, October 4, where she was one of the guests.
Tiopes, who was formerly the Regional Director of the PIA before joining the DOT last year, said that in the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Arroyo in July this year, the focus was on tourism.
With that, there was a need to conduct a tourism planning in order to formulate plans, policies, and activities to lure tourists to come, she said.
Indeed, a provincial tourism planning has been scheduled to be held on November 9 at Malitbog, although no further details were available about it.
Tiopes stressed that she was called recently by Gov. Lerias to have an audience first with the PDC prior to the actual holding of the planned tourism planning.
Before her talk, an employee of the Regional DOT office discussed at length the various nature of tourists and their specific interests, including definitions of what constitutes a tourist.
Among the basic queries a visiting foreigner look for in a locality are its access on how to get there, where to stay, dine, shop, any possible activity to be watched and enjoy, any entertainment offered, and the presence of tour operators and guides, if ever.
"Tourism is an engine for growth, and it has a high multiplier effect," Tiopes pointed out.
Among the top considerations in the process of planning for the goals of the tourism program are to enhance visitor satisfaction, to improve the economy and business success, and to protect resource assets, Director Tiopes emphasized. (PIA-Southern Leyte) [top]