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Published on : Monday, November 7, 2016
In the Philippines, more officials to the Department of Tourism (DOT) and its attached agencies have been appointed, which also includes a classmate of President Duterte. Four of the department’s current officers have been given bigger responsibilities. All four executives were sworn into office last Friday.
The officers have vowed to handle international cooperation projects with the UNWTO, organization of economic co-operation and development, Asia-Pacific economic cooperation, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and foreign-assisted projects. They will also implement the sustainable and inclusive tourism agenda for the region.
The newly appointed officers said that the Philippines has great potential to be a top-notch tourist destination, although it requires considerable development work in tourism sector.
Tourism infrastructure needs to be enhanced along with better access. Basic infrastructure support needs to be in place to flourish tourism and air, land and sea transport needs to be properly coordinated. A series of air connectivity projects are going on for four gateways, including Davao City, Cagayan de Oro City, Zamboanga City and Siargao. Plans are also on for further developing the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East Asia Growth Area.