THE Philippine Tour Operators Association (PHILTOA) is confident that the Duterte administration will give the country’s tourism business a much-needed boost with its tourism infrastructure and transportation development program.
Citing the revitalized efforts of the Duterte administration to speed up infrastructure projects, PHILTOA president, Cesar Cruz said the new National Tourism Development Plan (NTDP) for the period 2016-2022 would accomplish what the previous administration did not accomplishwhich is basically infrastructure.
He further added “there is a difference between the last government from this government. It might not always be the right one but I think the objective is there and it has always been done with speed. So that is what we are hoping for.”
Cruz is also optimistic of Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Wanda Teo’s plan to shape the industry.
“She said the NTDP is not the DOT’s plan alone, but should also be sustained by the tourism sector as well,” he pointed out.
He said that, Teo, the former president of the National Association of Independent Travel Agencies (NAITAS) was part of the group that drafted the tourism agenda for the new administration, said Cruz.
“A huge part of the NTDP 2016-2022 is dominated by the requirements to meet the needed program of improving transportation networks, primarily through the expansion of airports, seaports, and roads,” according to DOT’s assistant secretary, Malou Japson.
However, the NTDP could work only with the private sector support in place, Japson stressed.
“Our plan is to attract more tourism investments from the private sector, primarily in modernizing and expanding our existing air fleets and building accommodation supply across all categories,” Japson added, in reference to the NTDP’s strategic direction toward improving tourism competitiveness and sustainable growth.