DOT-ARMM Participates in the 3rd Eco Tour Seminar
Almost 200 participants from the Department of Tourism National and regional offices including DOT-ARMM led by Regional Secretary Ayesha Vanessa Hajar M. Dilangalen, private institutions, travel and tour operators and local government units from all over the country converged during the 3rd Philippine Ecotourism 101 Seminar held last June 29-30, 2017 at the Bayfront Hotel, Cebu City.
Organized by the Generis Events in cooperation with Bluewater Consultancy, Ecotourism Philippines and Aquamondo, the activity’s objective is to partner tourism promotions and development with sustainable ecological conservation and the country’s natural and cultural assets.
Topics on Basic Tourism Concepts, BASSEFACT Framework, Heritage Mapping, Trail and Reef Assessment, Selecting Ecotourism Sites using an Assessment Tool, Introduction to Ecotourism Product Development, Buhay Program: Ecotourism Enterprise Development, Wealth Generation for Rural Communities, Ecotourism Philippines Business Model Destination Management and Roadmap to Success were thoroughly discussed by Resource Speakers Louie and Chen Mencias.
A video presentation on Responsible Travel and Case Studies on Palaui Island Protected Landscape and Seascape, Batanes Protected Landscape and Seascape and the Pitak Project were presented by CEZA Tourism Supervising Officer Grace B. Ruiz, Chen Mencias and Pitak Project Co-Founder Cyrene O. Reyes respectively giving the audience a clear vision on what ecotourism is all about and how could it change, improve and develop sites and help provide the people better living.
Fundamental concepts and components of ecotourism; tried and tested tools and methodologies for planning and site selection; and practical business models were taught in the development of ecotourism products.
With all these, the organizers were optimistic that the two (2) day event will help impart essentialities on ecotourism and is looking forward in hearing positive effects such as re-echoing of this in other places of the country viz a vis adaptation of the principles of ecotourism.