DELEGATES from higher education institutions across the country converged in Tuguegarao City in Cagayan province to attend the first International Hospitality and Tourism Convention with the theme "Rise of the Billion Dollar Industry: Multinational Sustainability Towards Heritage Tourism."

Hosted by University of Saint Louis (USL)-Tuguegarao, the convention held at Meynard's Resort and Convention Center on December 9 and 10, 2022 was attended by students and educators from different universities and colleges in the country.

These included the Isabela College of Arts and Technology, Romblon State University-Main, Kalinga State University, Bohol Island State University, University of Cagayan Valley, Leyte Normal University, University of La Salette, Ifugao State University, International School of Asia and Pacific, Saint Mary's University, Lyceum of Aparri, Saint Ferdinand College-Ilagan and Apayao State College.

According to USL, the convention was the final output of the course subject, Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Events Management, of USL fourth-year Bachelor of Science (BS) in Tourism Management and BS Hospitality Management students.

It said the convention focused on the re-establishment of the tourism industry after being severely impacted by the dreaded Covid-19 pandemic for more than two years.

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Gracing the event as plenary speakers were director Fanibeth Domingo of the Department of Tourism Region 2; Jame Mercado, research associate of the University of Santo Tomas Graduate School; Dr. Harold Bueno, dean of Far Eastern University-Cebu; and journalist Edgar Sembrano of the Daily Tribune.

USL said the convention delved into the empowerment of local communities, sustainable tourism practices on the protection and promotion of heritage sites, and the commitment of all tourism and cultural stakeholders.

Skills and academic competition was also conducted during the convention. These included contested events in virtual tour guiding, travel feature writing, tour package proposal, quiz bee and product development, among others.