DOT9 conducts ‘Meet Russia: Lifestyle, Culture and Language’ seminar PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 October 2014 11:18

The Department of Tourism – Region IX (DOT9) conducted the Meet Russia: Lifestyle, Culture and Language seminar last September 26, 2014 at Ariana Hotel, Dipolog City. It  was attended by 52 tourism professionals from various partner agencies.

The seminar was conducted to brief tourism stakeholders on Russian culture and language, and to prepare them for the arrival of Russian tourists.

DOT9 Regional Director Mary June G. Bugante opened the event with a welcome message. Consul Armin L. Garcia of the Consulate of the Russian Embassy also gave a  message, representing the Russian community. The keynote address on new branding  for Dipolog City was then given by Hon. Horacio Velasco, Vice Mayor of Dipolog City, representing Mayor Evelyn T. Uy.

Mr. Vadim V. Velikanov, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Russian Federation of the Philippines discussed the “Introduction to Russian History and Culture” which was  all about Russia’s history, language, demographics, customs and traditions. Moreover, Ms. Yulia Alexandrowa of the Philippine-Russian Businessmen Association, Inc. discussed “Understanding the Russian Market and Basic Russian Language” which was all about Russians as tourists: their activities while on vacation, times of the year they  go on vacation, their basic needs and the like.

The participants of the seminar were from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines – Dipolog Domestic Airport, Philippine National Police – Aviation Security Group,  Philippine Airlines, Dipolog SKYCAP, Jose Rizal Memorial State University – Dapitan,  Dapitan City Tourism Office, Dipolog City Tourism Office, Zamboanga del Norte  Provincial Government and various representatives from the hotel, resort and  transportation industries.

The seminar was made possible by the DOT Office of Tourism Standards and  Regulations and DOT Region 9.

Through this event, it is expected that tourism professionals and stakeholders will  become more efficient in their duties as tourism front liners in welcoming Russian  tourists to region 9.