Department of Tourism (DOT) invites Central Luzon residents to the 1st Farm Tourism Conference that is slated from May 22-25 at the Subic Bay Exhibition and Convention Center.
“The conference, which is organized by the International School of Sustainable Tourism, aims to equip farm-bound stakeholders and entrepreneurs with the knowledge and expertise in enhancing the quality of experience in their farmlands thru tourism and travel, discovering livelihood opportunities in farm tourism, best practices and success stories in Philippine Farm Tourism.
At least two model countries and local provincial models will provide inputs on how they were able to improve the living conditions of their farmers and farm owners using tourism as their benchmark” said DOT Regional Director Ronaldo Tiotuico.
Conference theme is “Sustainable Farm Entrepreneurship through Tourism.” Invited to shed light on their successful agri-tourism programs are speakers from Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia and Taiwan who will dwell on their country experience in tea farming and bamboo propagation, respectively, as a source of livelihood opportunities for local farmers and key players in the agri-tourism sector.
Likewise, success stories experienced in different parts of the country will be discussed to include, among others, Bacolod (Nature Farm by Dr. Albert Jo), Ilocos Norte (REFMAD Farms by Editha Dacuycuy), Laguna (diversified faming in Costales Nature Farms by Ronald Costales), Duran Farms by Desiree Duran, fruit trees by Zacarias Sarian, and Negros Occidental (Agritecture by Ramon Penalosa).
Other interesting topics include: guidelines for farm tourism accreditation, merchandise development and branding, and financing farm camps. Prior to the conference on May 22, participants will be treated to visits to various model farms in Zambales to be hosted by Governor Hermogenes Ebdane, Jr. “Conference is open to stakeholders and major players in the agri-tourism community, tourism planners and professionals, government personnel involved in new product development, members of the academe, including students and would-be entrepreneurs” Tiotuico added.
Registration fee is P4,500 per person that is inclusive of lunch, snacks, handouts and certificate of attendance. For more information including hotel accommodation, those who are interested are advised to contact Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority Tourism Department at (63 47) 252 – 4049 and look for Rodel Mayor or Nida Rojo.