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Published on : Tuesday, June 20, 2017
An official of the Department of Tourism (DOT) of the Philippines restated the importance of inclusive growth among industry stakeholders citing strong numbers in tourism arrivals in the first quarter of 2017.
Tourism Undersecretary Alma Rita D. Jimenez said the country’s National Tourism Development Plan would ensure that micro and small to medium enterprises share in the gains of the country’s tourism growth along with big players. The Philippines saw 1.8 million arrivals as of end of April this year.
Jimenez said “Inclusive growth in the tourism industry is best exemplified through employment generation.” Jimenez said that tourism is the third biggest contributor to the gross domestic product at 8.2 percent translating to 4.98 million jobs in 2015. She said innovation is crucial in navigating through these twists, turns and changes in the landscape. “When people think about tourism, they usually think of beautiful destinations.
Many don’t realize that tourism means developing and implementing strategies that make our offerings stand out from the rest of the world,” Jimenez said.
She stressed on the importance of promoting responsible use of natural resources, preserving heritage and culture and protecting the environment.
She said it’s possible to find a balance between limit and usage in tourism development.
Jimenez said, “Unbridled tourism development without a concrete program for sustainability can damage societies and environment.”