Negros Oriental Governor Roe Ragay Degamo spearheads the World Tourism Month being celebrated every September to highlight the significance of tourism in the socio-economic development of the province.
Despite his hectic schedule, Gov. Degamo’s presence at a local mall highlighted the launching of the World Tourism Month on Sept. 5, 2017 where the province has prepared “various colorful and meaningful events” to promote tourism.
Degamo believes that tourism is one of the gateways to help the ordinary folks improve their income as they provide the necessary support services to the tourists’ needs. This augurs well to this year’s theme for World Tourism Month, “Sustainable Tourism – a Tool for Development.”
Last week, the provincial chief executive sent a delegation to the 28th Philippine Travel Mart in Manila to promote the tourism spots of Negros Oriental and linked it with ASEAN countries, including China, Korea and Japan
In line with this long month tourism celebration, a Tourism Congress will be held at the Negros Oriental Convention Center on September 29, 2017 and the highly coveted Tourism Ambassador and Ambassadress 2017, an eco-friendly, tourism oriented beauty and brains competition for the youth in the province.
“This is part of the many preparations of the PTU is doing to stress the importance of tourism. It encourages people participation and growth of business province wide,” said Myla Mae Bromo-Abellana, provincial head of the tourism agency in Negros Oriental. “The contests are for not only beauty and brains but also skills competition in tour guiding, floral arrangement, cooking, flair tending, table setting and fruit carving.
These are all related to hospitality and restaurant management, basic important elements in the tourism business,” she added. A Quiz Bee on tourism will be also included. The celebration of the World Tourism Month is being done through the Provincial Tourism Unit in partnership with the Tourism Educators Council of Negros Oriental and Siquijor (TECHNOS).
by: OLIVER M. LEMENCE