Philippines to host Global Farm Tourism Summit on July 17-19
THE country’s farm tourism sector will once more get a major push as a driver of inclusive economic growth in the first-ever Global Farm Tourism Summit set at the Summit Ridge Hotel in Tagaytay City on July 17 to 19.
Themed “Managing Climate Risks through Sustainable Farm Tourism,” the event is organized by the International School of Sustainable Tourism (ISST), the Department of Tourism (DOT), and the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA).
According to ISST president Mina Gabor, the confab will put the spotlight on the unique fusion of farming and tourism which has become a worldwide trend.
The former tourism chief said that the summit will take to the global level the annual farm tourism conferences they have been undertaking since 2013.
“Farm Tourism attracts visitors to areas for educational and recreational purposes that encourage economic activity to provide farm and community income. It is one of the country’s sunshine industries which can be developed because of our vast agricultural resources,” she noted.
DOT secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, a farming advocate, will keynote the three-day meet and spell out the department’s directions based on Republic Act 10816, known as the Farm Tourism Development Act of 2016, authored by Sen. Cynthia Villar.
The event is supported by the Tourism Promotions Board, Provincial Government of Cavite, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), the Department of Agriculture, Department of Trade and Industry, the International Institute for Rural Reconstruction, and the Automobile Association of the Philippines.
Topics include farming by millennials by Cainta Vice-Mayor Pia Schuck-Velasco, women empowerment by Dimataling (Zamboanga del Sur) Mayor Maria Dolores Baya, and climate-smart Farming by International Center for Tropical Agriculture Director for Asia Dindo Campilan.
Leading practitioners who will share their experiences are Villa Socorro Agri-Eco Village and Farm Resort General Manager Raymund Aaron, Puentespina Farm by Co-owner Dr. Roberto Puentespina, Jr., and Rapha Valley Owner Albert Jo.
Providing global outlook on farm tourism are Sapa O’Chau (Vietnam) Founder Tan Thi Su, Sampran Riverside (Thailand) Managing Director Arrut Navaraj, Nurture Wellness Village President Cathy Turvill, and Movement of Incentive Travel Executives President Rose Libongco, and Ambassador to New Zealand Jesus Domingo.
Moreover, government resource persons are Bureau of Agriculture and Fisheries Standards- Organic Agriculture Officer- in- Charge (OIC) Mark Matubang, DILG Bureau of Local Government Development OIC director Anna Liza Bonagua, La Union Governor Francisco Emmanuel Ortega III, and DOT 4-A Regional Director Vernie Morales.
There will also be a side exhibit of locally-grown agricultural produce from partners and participating farms.
The confab concludes with an ocular visit to International Institute for Rural Reconstruction in Silang, Cavite to offer participants a first-hand experience on its successful projects.
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