Eastern Visayas in the Phillipines sets regional eco-tourism conference

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TACLOBAN CITY — Members of the tourism industry and environment advocates in Eastern Visayas will gather here this week to draft a five-year road map for eco-tourism development.

Karina Rosa S. Tiopes, regional director of the Department of Tourism, said the road map will be the outcome of a two-day regional eco-tourism conference set for Sept. 26-27 as part of the Eastern Visayas Regional Development Council week celebration.

“Compared to neighboring regions, Eastern Visayas may lag behind. But it does not mean that we have to stay that way. We have to catch up in the…tourism value chain,” Ms. Tiopes said in a press statement.

The conference is expected to draw together local chief executives, heads of local governments’ legislative committees for tourism, local tourism officers, representatives of local tourism councils and of nongovernment organizations, as well as school, military and police officials. Speakers during the conference include national and regional officials of the departments of Tourism and of Environment and Natural Resources.

Eco-tourism is a thrust under the 2011-2016 Eastern Visayas development plan, besides agribusiness and information and communication technology. “This is one of the major strategies that will serve as driving force for poverty alleviation, job creation and social harmony, without compromising sustainability and preservation,” Ms. Tiopes said

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