PH TO HOST GLOBAL YOUTH FORUM
Some 500 youth leaders across the Philippines and Asia will gather in the country for the first-ever Global Youth Forum (GYF) to be held on Oct. 1 to 3 at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center.
Lead organizer Mina Gabor, president of the International School of Sustainable Tourism (ISST), said that the gathering is in support of the United Nations World Tourism Organization’s theme “One billion tourists: One billion opportunities.”
The former tourism secretary added that the GYF is a fitting activity for the Visit Philippines Year, which showcases the country’s top and emerging destinations, and the economic benefits brought about by tourism to the community.
The forum aims to create awareness among youth of the many opportunities in the tourism industry, and to highlight lessons learned from successful tourism ventures and projects around the world.
Envisioned to be an annual event held around the world, it also aims at exposing government workers to best practices and success stories that would guide the development of policies and programs for the tourism and youth sectors.
The three-day event is co-organized by Agrea Agricultural Systems International Inc., the Department of Tourism, the Department of Interior and Local Government, and the Tourism Promotions Board.
Participants will have the opportunity to hear from great speakers, network with other participants, witness the Philippines’ innovations and art through an exhibition, and avail of products and services through the “Show & Sell” market.
Presentors and reactors include Lyceum of the Philippines Dean Bob Zozobrado, Homestay Philippines, Inc (HPI) president Rose Libongco, author and public speaker Pocholo Gonzales, CNN Hero of the Year and Kariton Foundation founder Efren Peñaflorida, Silid Aralan Inc. founder Arcie Mallari, IdeaSpace Philippines president and founder Erl Valencia, The Dream Project PH Founder and Dream enabler Prim Paypon, among others.
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