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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.

Face­book /Glob­alYouthFo­rum2015, In­sta­gram @glob­alyouthfo­rum2015, or Twit­ter @GYFo­rum2015.

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