DoT started to create agendas and partners with different departments to revive the tourism industry of the Philippines amidst the easing of the pandemic.
The Department of Tourism (DoT) has established a new framework to revive the Philippines’ tourism industry.
Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco outlined the DoT’s strategy and agenda, emphasizing connectivity, convenience, and equality during the Philippine Economic Briefing (PEB) on Thursday in the United States.
The PEB was hosted on September 22 to urge US companies and those from other countries to invest in the Philippines for the country to become an upper-middle-income economy by 2024.
“We plan to address the most basic aspect of travel across the Philippines: clean restrooms. I’m very pleased to inform you that in the first week of October, under the directive of the President, we are breaking ground on no less than 10 tourist rest areas across the Philippines,” Frasco said.
One of DoT’s efforts would be to create more tourist rest areas.
The project will establish tourist rest sites across the Philippines' three island groupings, with three in Luzon, five in the Visayas, and two in Mindanao.
“These tourist rest areas will have clean and decent restrooms for our tourists, a lounge for them to rest in, complete information on tourist destinations, as well as pasalubong centers for them to be able to purchase local products and delicacies,” Frasco stated in Inquirer.
DoT would also create a partnership with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to establish wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) spots in tourist destinations.
Additionally, Frasco assured the tourists of their security and safety within the country as DoT will also partner up with the Department of National Defense (DND) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
“The President has clearly identified tourism as a major tool for the economic resurgence of the Philippines,” Frasco said.
The pandemic has caused the tourism industry to tumble down, especially since the country cannot accept tourists due to the strict health protocols.
Now that there is an easing of safety protocols that are happening in the country, the tourism industry is also starting to be revived to accommodate tourists who are once again excited to travel again.
President Marcos emphasized the role of tourism in employment growth and a thriving economy during his remarks at the forum.
“We will also reinvigorate the tourism sector by investing in travel infrastructure and the promotion of the Filipino brand. With the Department of Tourism leading our efforts to revitalize both domestic and foreign tourism, we will ensure the safe reopening of tourist destinations and develop the Philippines’ yet to be discovered attractions,” Marcos said in his remarks.
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