DOT engages tourism advocates in Festival Management training workshop

By Anne Hazel F. Flores, PIA 1, La Union

CANDON CITY – The Department of Tourism (DOT) Region 1, in partnership with the city government of Candon, engaged tourism advocates such as tourism officers, festival choreographers, culture and arts teachers and legislators including private individuals in a Festival Management training workshop held recently at the Culture and Arts Center, here.

The three-day training workshop is aimed to enable the participants to understand their crucial roles in the planning and implementation of their respective local festivals.

In his message, DOT Regional Director Martin S. Valera said, “One of our agency’s roles is to promote the preservation of cultural endowments and advocate the sustainability of local festivals with the help of our partners.”

He added, “I hope through this kind of training workshop, we can achieve our goal because cultural tourism can serve as a vehicle for community development.”

The event explored a variety of approaches to engage a broader constituent base and forge new partnerships and support among the various groups in the region.

During the training, the participants learned the importance of managing festivals, its culture and governance, concept making and calendar of activities preparation and festival aesthetics, organigram (roles and responsibilities identification diagram), and budgeting.

Also discussed during the workship were policy gaps while welcomed proposals that could be translated into policies and possible action plans and innovative activities were welcomed.

A day was also dedicated to music and dance lectures and practical exercises which showcased the resourcefulness and creativity of the participants.#