• DOT exec: Accreditation for dive resorts pushed


    A tourism official on Thursday said that accreditation is being pushed for resorts that offer diving as part of its activities.

    Philippine Department of Tourism-New York (PDOT-NY) Administrative Officer (PDOT-NY) Zeny Pallugna told reporters in an interview that as of 2013 records, more or less 100 out of over 300 dive resorts are accredited under the Philippine Commission on Sports Scuba Diving (PCSSD), an attached agency of the DOT.

    Pallugna, however said that the records have yet to be updated.

    “Most dive resorts have permits to operate from LGUs (local government units) but the PCSSD is doing its best to get more resorts accredited,” Pallugna said.

    She meanwhile stressed the importance of events such as the Dive Resort Travel (DRT) Philippines Show 2015 to draw in more investments which will eventually encourage resorts to upgrade their accommodation standards.

    DOT Marketing Development Group in the Tourism Development Sector OIC Verna Covar-Buensuceso for her part said that all exhibitors participating in the DRT are PCSSD-accredited.

    The DRT, slated on Sept 11 to 13 at SM Megatrade Hall in Mandaluyong City, is a three-day travel fare that will gather dive industry stakeholders in one venue.

    At least 2, 000 international dive exhibitors, dive enthusiasts, and marine conversationalists are expected to attend the event which will feature a travel exchange, seminars and workshops, a photo gallery, familiarization tours, and other special events.

    It is organized by the Hong Kong and Shanghai-based LX Development Group (LXDG) and co-organized by the DOT, the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), Balicasag Island Dive Resort (BIDR), local and international dive associations and scuba diving equipment suppliers, hotels, resorts, and airlines. PNA


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