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Better tourism dev't plan for Negros Occidental crafted

The Department of Tourism (DOT) is assisting Negros Occidental province in crafting a stronger tourism development plan.

About 50 tourism and planning officers in Negros Occidental attended the two-day orientation-workshop on tourism planning guidebook for local government units held until Wednesday at the Social Hall of the Provincial Capitol here.

The orientation-workshop was initiated by the DOT central office in cooperation with the DOT-Western Visayas and the Province of Negros Occidental.

Senior Tourism Operations Officer Ruth Tizon said their team impart to local tourism officers the “essence and value of developing tourism as an industry”.

“Our role is to lead and guide them how to start, and make a development plan,” Tizon said, adding that the National Tourism Development Plan for 2016 to 2022 is synchronized with the plans of the tourism offices in the provincial, city, and municipal levels.

Tizon said the national development plan would guide tourism officers on how to contribute to sustainability and inclusive growth.

She added that during assessment of the province’s tourism development plan, they would determine what was the best potential industry to develop.

Tizon said they would conduct situational analysis to find out which resources a particular area has to offer, adding that the province’s tourism portfolio would be ranked.

This will determine which sites, cuisines, cultural shows are popular among tourists, she added.

Cristine Mansinares, provincial supervising tourism operations officer, had earlier said stakeholders plan to present the province’s new tourism products such as community-based rural tourism, culinary showcase, crafts, bird watching, and trekking.

Tourism packages that involve the community will be promoted, she said.

Marchel P. Espina/PNA