The Department of Tourism (DOT) is moving to a permanent home in Intramuros, Manila, in what is envisioned as the Philippine Travel Center Complex.
The proposed home with an area of almost two hectares is located beside Fort Santiago.
“The site is already fixed. That’s clear that the DOT is going to move to Intramuros. It’s now a matter of understanding how we will finance… the project. The long-term revitalization of Intramuros will be sustainable and placing the DOT not just in close proximity to IA but really at the heart of Intramuros will make sure that the department will really shepherd this process,” Intramuros Administration Administrator Marco Antonio Luisito Villanueva Sardillo 3rd said in an interview.
The Philippine Travel Center Complex is supposed to house the DOT and its attached agencies—Tourism Promotions Board, Philippine Retirement Authority, Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority and IA.
The proposed site belongs to the Philippine Navy, Sardillo said.
According to him, DOT Secretary Ramon Jimenez was able to convince Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin to give way to the department by vacating the proposed site.
Sardillo said private companies have shown interest in the project.