Tourism Congress starts today in Naga City

By Analiza S. Macatangay | PIA | Nov 27

NAGA CITY — Tourism key players and stakeholders from the six provinces, seven cities and several municipalities of Bicol region, are expected to converge at the Jesse M. Robredo Coliseum today for the 11th Bicol Regional Tourism Congress.

The Bicol Regional Tourism Council, chaired by Danny De Leon, in partnership with the Metro Naga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MNCCI), Department of Tourism (DOT) and the city government here, spearheads the activity. This aims to establish a performing and well-designed network of tourism advocates, policy makers, and tourism service providers who will respond to the emerging needs of tourism clients all over the globe.

The Congress also aims to sustain the rise of tourism industry in the region and share with the participants the distinctive tourism development strategies and introduce them to the innovative approaches in line with the promotion of tourism.

Invited to grace the occasion are Puerto Princesa , Palawan Mayor Edward Hagedorn, Mayor John T. Yap of Kalibo, Aklan, Rosemarie Galang, national president of the National Association of Independent Travel Agencies (NAITAS), Camarines Sur Governor L-Ray Villafuerte, and DOT Regional Director Maria O. Ravanilla.

Representatives from the academe, particularly from colleges, universities, and vocational schools that offer tourism-related courses, are also expected to attend the congress.

Organizers believe that the activity will serve as a perfect venue to update professors and teaching personnel of the latest trend in the tourism industry. It could also serve as a venue for networking.

As part of the continuing eighth Bicol Business Week activity, the Bicol Regional Tourism Congress also aspires to explore a platform of collaboration and cooperation between industry partners and to learn from tourism leaders.

“We will also showcase the beauty of the Bicol Region and other selected tourists spots, as natural tourist destinations, along with their unique cultural festivals and indigenous products, equipped with the necessary infrastructure, professional pool of tourism service providers, and a friendly culture of friendship and hospitality,” De Leon added.

The tourism stakeholders attending this Congress will also have a chance to mingle and interact with the speakers during the panel discussions and open forum. During the break-out sessions, travel and tour operators, tourism and hospitality educators and students, hotel, restaurant and resorts owners and operators and government policy makers can also take the time to exchange other avenues to enhance their respective services and programs. (MAL/LSM-PIA5, Camarines Sur)