The DOT – Region IV-A through the Office of Public Affairs and Advocacy spearheaded the CALABARZON 3RD Tourism Summit on last November 8, 2016. The summit, held at the Grand Ballroom of Taal Vista Hotel, Tagaytay City was conducted to continually coordinate among various stakeholders all the initiatives in promoting tourism to various provinces.
Anchored on the theme, “CALABARZON: Moving Towards Diversity, Innovation and Sustainability,” the said event focused on the diversification and innovation of tourism products highlighting culinary, heritage, arts and culture and providing information about the Department of Tourism’s thrust, projects and programs.
Tourism officers were gathered from different provinces, towns and other major key players in promoting the tourism industry such as hotel and other establishment owners as well as representative from various national agencies.
Together with Ms. Alma Rita R. Jimenez, Undersecretary Tourism, Tagaytay Mayor Agnes Tolentino welcome the participants.
Some of the invited resource persons were the following:
Dr. Cynthia R. Mamon, CEO of Enchanted Kingdom talks about Diversity and Innovation: Tourism Products; Prof. Felipe M. De Leon JR, Chairman of National Commission for Culture and the Arts focus on Museum, Culture, Heritage and Arts as a Tourism Product; Mr. Anthony L. Abaya, Chairman of SEED Institute talks about Protecting our Natural Wonders via Sustainable Development.
The said summit also highlighted different talents that exhibited performances from Victoria’s Way Group and Kingsmen of Enchanted Kingdom, Hiyas ng Rizal Performing Group, Tagaytay Ritual.
From this move, this would pave way to recognize CALABARZON as one of the nearest destination in the metro. With the concerted effort of all the sectors, this adheres the objective to promote tourism. With this kind of summit, the gathering of all stakeholders can be a step to join support and coordination along the CALABARZON area to boost tourism industry.
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Photos and write up contributed by Jinkee Umali of Calamba-Online.com