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Philippines leads neighbors in formulating ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan


As the existing roadmap for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) tourism sector expires this year, ASEAN tourism leaders convene anew to formulate new tourism strategies and programs for the next few years.

The Philippines, responsible for the coordination of the overall ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan (ATSP), is at the forefront of the development of this medium-term tourism plan, targeted for completion by end November of this year.

An interim draft of the plan has been presented for discussion at the recently held ASEAN Tourism Forum attended by the Philippines early this year at BRIDEX (Brunei International Defence Exhibition Center) in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei.

According to Tourism Secretary Joseph ‘Ace’ Durano, “We are glad to play a key role in the development of the blueprint for the region’s tourism development and promotion. It is a vote of confidence on our capability to be at the forefront of ASEAN tourism growth and integration.” Read the full story

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Philippine tourism boosted by international events and hotel boom


Looking back at 2009, Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Joseph Ace Durano said major international events in Metro Manila have increased utilization of various tourism facilities.


Director Nini Ravanilla of DOT Region 5 at the Philippine Travel Tour Expo 2010

These included the International Conference on Green Industry in Asia, East Asia Seas Congress, Asian Congress on Health and Peace Tourism, Eco-Products International Fair, World Chinese Entrepreneurs Convention, Association of Convention and Visitors Bureau Meeting, Asian and Oceanian Stock Exchanges Federation General Assembly, Licensing Executives Society International Annual Convention, and Federation of Asian Bishops Conference. Read the full story

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