Tourism Convention eyes integration in the ASEAN Economic Community

By Venus May H. Sarmiento

DAGUPAN CITY – The Region I Tourism Convention set on October 26 in Dagupan City aims for the integration of the tourism sector of the region in the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).

Regional Director Martin Valera of the Department of Tourism (DOT) said the convention will be an interaction between industry stakeholders , entrepreneurs and tourism practitioners on the dynamics of promoting travel movements in the various destinations of the region.

“The focus of discussion would be on the role of government and the private sector in the market expansion of tourism and will include special topics that will focus on very relevant issues confronting the industry, “ Valera told the Philippine Information Agency.

The special issues include initiatives such as ‘Integrating the Tourism Sector in the ASEAN Economic Community 2015’ and ‘Doing Business in Free Trade Areas (DBFTAs),’ he added.

Success stories of other regional destinations such as Region II and Davao City will also be presented to substantiate the ideas of participants on how they can successfully package and brand their destinations,

The Region I Tourism Convention is part of the week-long activities of the ‘Rimat Ti Amianan’ from October 20-26 which is being staged in Pangasinan for the first time in 11 years.#