Palawan, a top destination in this year’s Philippine Travel Mart.
|The Jungle Trail inspired Booth of Puerto Princesa City Tourism Office.|
|Every Island An Adventure. Palawan Provincial Tourism Booth.|
Palawan delegates mostly offers cheap and lower tour packages and accommodations to the guests and buyers of this annual travel trade exposition, even Manila base Travel agencies offers exciting tour packages for Palawan.
Department of Tourism Regional Director for Region 4A & 4B Rebecca Labit said that Palawan still hold the title as the Jewel of the region because of its iconic destinations such as the underground river. Labit also announce that while having the travel mart her Marketing team is in Palawan with buyers from Europe, Australia, Thailand Vietnam and Canada.
She also emphasize that she is using photos of Underground river in all marketing campaigns they are doing here and abroad, most likely it will be a front runner for the upcoming ASEAN summit next year and for next year department campaign the “Visit Philippines 2015”.
Labit’s region is the featured destination in this year’s Travel Mart which is organizes by Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA).
Feud with Mayor Bayron.
Labit also clarify the issue with City Mayor LuciloBayron regarding the remarks she made about the tourist arrival in the City that figures tip down. She stand by it and saying she only doing her job, and as for her its non-issue anymore since its ages ago, however she admit that she is not in speaking terms with the Mayor due to her busy schedules as a Regional Directress. “I don’t blame them for feeding the Mayor the wrong information, but if they blame me nasinisiraankoang Puerto Princesa, I think I’m not that person to do that, anglakingpagodkosa Tourism ng City, close nasa akin yan, I’m just doing my job.”Labit said.
She also express support for Gov.Jose Alvarez statement declaring Balabac as the next Maldives, she said that truly it has a beautiful sea and its part of the super region of the past administration, but she suggest to improve more on the infrastructure in many destinations in the province to achieve such goals.
For nine months now after she assume the post in the Region, Labit said that she focuses on straightening the relationship between the Public and the private sector , continuous development of product and professionalizing standards and services in all Tourism establishment. She is appealing to all Palawan base tourism product to accredit them with DOT so they can be updated with the latest and current trends in tourism industry.
Puerto Princesa goes Vibrant with Agriculture and Tourism.
|CTO Aileen Amurao|
Aileen Amurao, the City Tourism Officer claim that Puerto Princesa’s Tourism industry is so vibrant now a days, this is due to the lines of Cruise ship that visiting port of the City in the past and will be boom again this coming November up to 2015.
Amurao said that Bayron’s leadership is gearing up for Agri-Tourism that give chance to other Baranggay in the City that don’t offer any tourist spot, they will convert them as suppliers of foods for tourists that visits the City, organic farming is the one they encourage the most.
Amurao also reveal plans of his office to boost Tourism in the City in the coming months, this are putting up floating cottages in Puerto Bay that offers a lot of activity, they are also reviving the sports tourism plans, and reviving heritage parks such as Eulalia Park, Rizal Park and the Plaza Cuartel.
On her nine months as well in the said office, Amurao said that she is working double time focusing on the follow ups for many infrastructure projects that need to be accomplish with in the year since majority of this is for the benefits of existing tourism destinations of the City.
In terms of tourist arrival, Amurao stress that under her leadership they don’t rely to it so much since its only figures, “I don’t really bump on tourist arrival, puedesyanggamitin for planning purposes , and mostly galling yansamga accommodation and hindinamanyanlahat tourist”,Amurao said.
The City Tourism office along with Provincial Tourism Office of Palawan is an active exhibitor of Travel mart way back then, the booth of the City this year features the jungle trail experience going to the famous underground river, it made it as a finalist this year in booth design contest.
PHILTOA is the organizer of Travel Mart is a non-stock and nonprofit organization of DOT accredited tour operators and allied members actively involved in the advocacy of responsible tourism. Membership includes tour operators, hotel, resorts, transportation companies, handicraft stores and other tourism oriented establishment and associations.