by Irma A. Guhit
SORSOGON CITY, April 7 (PIA) — The Sorsogon Provincial Tourism Council (SPTC) sees a vibrant and bullish tourism industry in the province in two years time through pursuing programs and measures at par with global trends.
Newly elected chair Angelita Hsu -Duran Agnes of the SPTC, along with 15 other young and dynamic members of the board of directors, said the council is now focused in pursuit of the goal making tourism one of the economic agenda for development in the province.
According to Agnes, members of the board mostly comprising of young entrepreneurs and tourism related businesses, resort owners and operators, are making a dynamic approach in handling the tourism industry here by coming up with an integrated approach of marketing tourism from destination, service and and culture immersion.
Other elected as officers of the tourism council are vice chair Reymund Yap of Giddy’s Place in Donsol; secretary Michelle D. Galarosa of Rizal Beach Resort; treasurer Johnn Estipona of Una Pizzeria; press relation officer Josephine Pikal of Fritz Homestay here; auditor Marilyn Razo of Aguiluz Homestay in Donsol; ways and means Macario Chavez of Weks Place here.
The board of directors are Boy Mateo of Mateo Hot Spring Resort in Irosin; Bing Ravanilla of Villa Isabel Hotel here; Amy Quisumbing, operator of Olango Beach Resort in Sta Magdalena; Joey Lasala , proprietor of Casa Feliz in Juban town; Jayson Melgar, tour guide of the firefly watching in Donsol; jayson Deligero, representative of a people’s organization in Prieto Diaz Mangrove Ecotour; Chuck Nares of the MMGroup; and Karen Go, owner of Janes Restaurant here.
With the accreditation of all stakeholders in the tourism industry here, the council will ensure that the standards followed globally will also be implemented in the practice of tourism service.
After the recent general assembly of stakeholders, the council has convened mapping out new collaborative measures to make tourism more vibrant and robust.
“This is by way of coming up with activities every month year round that will cater to the global needs and new tourism trends,” stated Agnes.
The Aribada Festival, showcasing the whale sharks activities in Donsol, will commence this series of activities as it will already start on last week of April wherein the council will already provide assistance in terms of marketing.
All festivals will be also highlighted in the SPTC brochures and that all municipal tourism councils will be provided the draft plan of tourism packages according to Duran.
DOT Bicol Director Maria Ravanilla reported to the council that Sorsogon has a total of 51,433 domestic tourists and 32,921 foreign tourists arrivals from January-December 2009 with a total of 84,354 tourists.
Ravanilla added that from January to December 2010 recorded domestic tourists for Sorsogon totaled to 73,925 and 27,925 foreign tourists with a total of 101,799. (MAL/IAG, PIA Sorsogon)
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