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Mimaropa tourism preps for re-opening of industry

QUEZON CITY (PIA) -- The Department of Tourism (DOT0 is holding events to help accredited travel and tour businesses promote their attractions now as the country carefully re-opens the industry.

During the recent virtual Dagyaw town hall meeting, DOT Mimaropa Officer-In-Charge Gladys Quesea said they have conducted the Travel Tour Expo in Megamall and the Philippine Travel Mart at the SMX last month.

The department is giving priorities on tourism products such as farm–agri tourism, nature-based, sun and beach, health and wellness, diving and marine and cultural tourism.

OIC Quesea said they are assessing the readiness of the region’s travel ad tour enterprises so they can be included in tour circuits.

DOT has created travel bubbles and corridors this year in some areas where Covid 19 cases were significantly reduced or otherwise became manageable.

In the midst of the pandemic, DOT- Mimaropa likewise provided online trainings in preparation for the industry recovery and extended financial assistance to pandemic-affected companies and workers.

About 1,380 workers, including tour guides in Local Government Units (LGU) and private companies, participated in 31 trainings on digital technology and social media as well as customer services for the elderly, persons with disabilities and visitors wanting to experience tourism on green, culture and adventure themes.

For the pandemic affected Micro Small and Medium Entreprises (MSMEs), OIC Quesea said they worked with the SB Corporation to provide loan packages depending on the size of the company with longer repayment scheme.

Four hundred and sixty-two loan applications amounting to P203,442,837 have been approved.

Out of that number, 380 approved loans have been released amounting to P163,099,269. (LP)

DOT OIC Gladys Quesea (lowest box right) says government assisted MSMEs affected by Covid 19 Pandemic. (LP)

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