Western Visayas moves to be a premier tourist destination
ILOILO CITY, June 26 (PIA6) -- The Regional Development Council in Western Visayas recently passed three major resolutions to boost the tourism industry here.
First, the RDC will work towards making region a tourism hub. Towards this end, it will formulate Action Plan for the Tourism Development Areas (TDAs) through a two-day conference-workshop to be conducted by the Department of Tourism. The end goal is to draw ten million tourists by 2016.
There are currently four tourism development areas (TDAs) in the region: Metro Iloilo and Guimaras; Bacolod-Silay; Boracay, Northern Antique and Kalibo; and Capiz.
The said workshop slated in September will be attended by provincial/city tourism officers, planning/investment officers, leaders of tourism related organization, policy makers and tourism stakeholders in Western Visayas.
Second is the creation of a permanent position for tourism officers in local government units (LGUs). This is required under Republic Act No. 9593, otherwise known as the Tourism Act of 2009.
Many LGUs have yet to create the said position. This has affected tourism promotion efforts, and tourism report generation which is vital in planning.
Third, the RDC has called on local government units to develop and market regional products through various strategies, including promotion in tourism sites, major events and local stores.
It likewise urged local governments to assist households and communities in producing goods and services needed by tourism-related establishments. This would also mean additional income for families and communities in their areas. (JCM/PIA6)
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