DOT-9, CHED-9 revive Tourism Club in schools PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 28 September 2014 14:06

The Department of Tourism-9 and the Commission on  Higher Education have signed a joint regional memorandum reviving the Tourism  Club in the tertiary level of every private and public school in Zamboanga Peninsula.

The memorandum were signed by DOT-9 Director Mary June G. Bugante and CHED 9 Director Emmylou B. Yanga.

The revival of the Tourism Club is in line with the objectives of raising awarness on tourism in and off campus, building  a positive image of Zamboanga Peninsula, promoting tourism through social media and developing student leadership abilities through exposure and involvement in DOT initiated projects aimed at empowering communities for tourism.

The objectives are in consonance with the youth development agenda of Regional Youth Advisory Council.

As a background. Tourism is recognized by the United Nations World Tourism Organization as one of the economic drivers of a country today. Statisitics show an increasing trend in tourist arrivals around the world with 1.035 billion people crisscrossing the globe in 2012.

In the Philippines, the contribution of tourism to the economy in 2011 reached 5.9 percent of the country’s Gross Domestic Product and generated employment of  3.8 million being one of the labor intensive industries in the country today.

Meanwhile,  Pilar College launched yesterday its “Tourism Week in-Campus” celebration 2014. Guests were Councilor Vincent Paul “ VP “ Elago,chairman of the City Council’s Committee on Tourism , DOT-9 Senior Tourism Operations Officer Marilou G. Silorio and  Director Raymond Domingo of the National Youth Commission 9. — Allen Abastillas