Siquijor Local News
Destination appraisal, actions needed as center of attention
By Rizalie A. Calibo
(Philippine Information Agency)
June 25, 2013
SIQUIJOR, June 25 (PIA) -- Siquijor Province has held its Provincial Tourism Summit with at least 60 tourism stakeholders at Cocogrove Resort in San Juan, Siquijor to review, appraise and call to action its tourism prospects for local economic growth.
Participants were members of the Provincial Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council (PSMEDC), Siquijor Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCII), Siquijor Hotel, Resorts and Restaurants and Travel Agencies Association (SHORRETAS), government agencies and other key contributors to the province’s tourism development and promotion.
The summit, according to the DTI-provincial director Nimfa Virtucio is expected to be one of the landmark events of the council in support to the tourism industry of the province. It was initiated by the PSMEDC.
After a quick look at the Siquijor situation with Senior Provincial Tourism Operations Officer Jossette Armirola, the Siquijor Tourist Satisfaction Survey conducted by Siquijor State College (SSC) and the AFOS Foundation for Entrepreneurial Cooperation, a German Foundation that supports tourism industry was presented as a matter of discussion.
A review of the Siquijor eco-tourism value chain analysis made some years ago was also done prior to another Tourism Value Chains on Siquijor destinations and attractions facilitated by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Technical Advisor Nanda Ritsma.
It focused on the destination appraisal in the areas of Attractions, Ecological and Social Environment, Market Orientation, Transport and Infrastructure, and Business Environment.
The workshop, Ritsma said will help stakeholders enhance their planning processes and define the specific actions each sector can do for Siquijor.
Another planning workshop is scheduled soon to finalize output and commitments drawn from the Tourism Summit. (mbcn/RACalibo/PIA7-Siquijor)