Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority Chief Operating Officer Mark T. Lapid, Department of Tourism Undersecretary Atty. Mae Elaine T. Bathan and DOT-NCR Regional Director Sharmaine Batin welcomes the representatives of the Governments of Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and members of its private sector for the Pacific Business Mission to the Philippines on Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at the Manila Hotel.
It aims to signal more vigorous efforts to expand and deepen the trade relationship between participating countries and the Philippines after the massive disruption of economic activities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly on the tourism industry.
“It is our best interest to work together and to support each other, in order to spur the full recovery of the global travel and tourism” Lapid said in his opening remarks.
Since the opening of borders in the country, DOT and TIEZA are optimistic that in the next few months the tourism will boom again with support from national government and the confidence of our partners from the private sector.
“This optimism extends to having you with us for the foreseeable future. You are vital in this endeavor and this is why we commit ourselves in creating mechanisms that will protect your interests here in the country.” DOT Usec. Mae Elaine Bathan said.
TIEZA and DOT also emphasized the benefits of these collaborations in terms of provision of technical expertise, training to our workforce and generation of employment as tourism continues to be a significant engine of economic growth.
“A sustainable tourism ecosystem that will not just serve the social and cultural pleasure of the tourists but more importantly a strong foundation, an economic pillar for the recovery of our country during this pandemic.” DOT-NCR Regional Director Sharmaine Batin said.
Over the next few days, Philippine government agencies and counterparts from the private sector will present opportunities for partnership and collaboration. DOT and TIEZA shall also provide the latest updates on investor incentives and present policy directives.