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Local government of Camiguin conducts “Tourism Stakeholders Forum,” addresses issues on Tourism Industry (Supplied photo)

Camiguin officials, stakeholders hold sustainable tourism forum

Department of Trade and Industry in Camiguin (DTI-Camiguin) participated during the Camiguin Tourism Stakeholders Forum held at the Camiguin Convention Center recently.

The stakeholder groups  even have an interest in the development of the area as a tourist destinations.

The forum aimed to discuss issues and concerns of the Camiguin Tourism Industry arising from the issues rooted from National Government’s review and assessment on key tourism areas such as Boracay.

DTI-Camiguin was invited to present DTI’s programs and services that can benefit the tourism sector in the province. Other agencies present are DENR, DOT, among others.

With the aim to firm up collaboration of the government and the private sector to address issues and concerns of the tourism industry, one of the agreements of the forum was to re-organize and strengthen a private-sector-led Camiguin Tourism Association (CTA).

Participated by more than 100 resort and restaurant owners, the Organizational Meeting and Strengthening of the CTA was held at the Camiguin Convention Center spearheaded by the Provincial Governor of Camiguin Maria Luisa D. Romualdo and with guest Mambajao Mayor Jurdin Jesus M. Romualdo.  DTI-Camiguin also participated in this activity to assist in the facilitation of the association’s meeting.

Through this initiative, CTA is now committed to unite tourism-related businesses in Camiguin and to strengthen the capabilities of its members through advocacies and linkages intended for the improvement of tourism services and global competitiveness of Camiguin tourism and its people.

CTA’s mission includes undertaking programs and projects that will upgrade and professionalize operations of tourism-related services in Camiguin, to promote unity, collaboration and cooperation among those in the tourism industry and other entities engaged in tourism; to encourage and foster high ethical standards in business resulting in fair and honest competition; to provide representation in matters of government interventions on tourism-related policies, rules and laws affecting the tourism sector of the province; and to exercise dynamic leadership in promoting goodwill and understanding through fellowship within the tourism sector, both national and international. (PR)

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