Tourism seen in­cen­tiviz­ing good gov­er­nance CL-wide

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The phys­i­cal and so­cioe­co­nomic ben­e­fits of tourism will form part of the ex­hibits of Cen­tral Lu­zon (CL) at the North Philip­pines (NorthPhil) Tourism and Travel Expo slated at SM City Clark on Novem­ber 16 to 18.

The ex­hibits will high­light tourism wor­thi­ness as the ul­ti­mate man­i­fes­ta­tion of good gov­er­nance, which all the lo­cal gov­ern­ment units (LGUs) in NorthPhil can as­pire for, ac­cord­ing to the As­so­ci­a­tion of Tour Of­fi­cers of Cen­tral Lu­zon (Atocel), which is an­tic­i­pat­ing the rise of new Clark and Su­bic cities on the tide of mas­sive in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment un­der the gov­ern­ment’s on­go­ing Build, Build, Build pro­gram along­side pri­vate in­vest­ments.

Atocel pres­i­dent Michael Pal­ispis said lo­cal gov­ern­ment units (LGUs) in Cen­tral Lu­zon would have to level up to keep astride with and cash in on the ben­e­fits of such de­vel­op­ments.

“Tourism wor­thi­ness en­com­passes, not just in­fra­struc­ture and tourist at­trac­tions, but also all the qual­i­ties of good gov­er­nance that in­cludes safety and se­cu­rity, eco­nomic pro­duc­tiv­ity, cul­tural val­ues, so­cial be­hav­ior and at­ti­tudes, a healthy busi­ness and nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, a well-ed­u­cated pop­u­lace, trans­port and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions con­nec­tiv­ity, and many other fac­tors that de­fine a CL vis­i­tor’s ex­pe­ri­ence,” Pal­ispis ex­plained.

“The goal for the LGUs in Cen­tral Lu­zon and the rest of NorthPhil is to at­tain a level of cer­tainty that they won’t miss out on the ben­e­fits and op­por­tu­ni­ties from tourism, whose up­trend is pro­jected to con­tinue de­spite all the fuel price hikes,” Pal­ispis added.

Con­sti­tut­ing Cen­tral Lu­zon are the prov­inces of Au­rora, Bataan, Bu­la­can, Nueva Ecija, Pam­panga, Tar­lac and Zam­bales, with an ag­gre­gate 2017 tourist vol­ume of 3.42 mil­lion com­pris­ing 2.91 mil­lion do­mes­tic, 481,436 for­eign, and 14,254 overseas Filipino work­ers, ac­cord­ing to the Amer­i­can Cham­ber of Com­merce of the Philip­pines Inc.

The in­bound tourist vol­ume in Cen­tral Lu­zon, ac­cord­ing to the Philip­pine Sta­tis­tics Au­thor­ity (PSA), grew by 9.3 per­cent in 2017 when tourism in­dus­tries con­trib­uted 12.2 per­cent to the econ­omy from 8.6 per­cent in 2016 as mea­sured by the share of Tourism Di­rect Gross Value Added (TDGVA) in the Gross Do­mes­tic Prod­uct (GDP).

“The TDGVA amounted to P1,929.3 bil­lion (P1.93 tril­lion) at cur­rent prices in 2017. This is higher by 24.2 per­cent than the pre­vi­ous year’s record of P1,553.7 bil­lion (P1.55 tril­lion),” the PSA re­port stated, also cit­ing the rise of in­bound tourist spend by 43.9 per­cent in 2017.

Like­wise on the up­surge was do­mes­tic tourist spend, which grew by 25.5 per­cent to P2,644.8 bil­lion (or P2.645 tril­lion) in 2017 from P2,108.2 bil­lion (or P2.1 tril­lion) in 2016.

Share of tourism in to­tal na­tional em­ploy­ment in 2017 was placed by the PSA at 13.1 per­cent.

On the other hand, to­tal con­tri­bu­tion to GDP is pro­jected by the World Travel and Tourism Coun­cil to rise by 5.3 per­cent yearly to USD108.2 bil­lion (P5,134.2 bil­lion or P5.134 tril­lion) at 20.7 per­cent of the GDP in 2027.

“Thus, our LGUs shouldn’t miss out on that golden op­por­tu­nity from tourism, which we strive to show­case at the NorthPhil Expo in Clark,” Pal­ispis said of Cen­tral Lu­zon’s unique ex­hibits.

Cen­tral Lu­zon cov­ers the re­gion at the im­me­di­ate north of Metro Manila and spans the full breadth of this part of the ar­chi­pel­ago from the coastal prov­inces of Pan­gasi­nan, Zam­bales and Bataan at the West Philip­pine Sea to Au­rora Prov­ince at the Pa­cific Ocean

The Cen­tral Lu­zon ex­hibits are among those dis­played in 104 booths fea­tur­ing all tourism sec­tors in North Philip­pines and other parts of the ar­chi­pel­ago, in­clud­ing Asia.

Co-or­ga­nized by the As­so­ci­a­tion of Tourism Of­fi­cers of Cen­tral Lu­zon (ATOCEL) and man­aged by the Philip­pine Ex­hibits and Trade Corp. (email: north­philexpo@gmail.com, and web­site www.north­philexpo.com), the expo is sup­ported by the De­part­ment of Tourism, the An­ge­les City gov­ern­ment, the prov­inces of Au­rora, Bataan, Pam­panga, Tar­lac, and Zam­bales, Clark De­vel­op­ment Corp., Su­bic Bay Metropoli­tan Au­thor­ity, Tourism In­fra­struc­ture and En­ter­prise Zone Au­thor­ity, and Cebu Pa­cific Air as spon­sors. (Press Re­lease)

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