REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES

DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM

Kagawaran ng Turismo

         

PST: September/24/2018 

Press Release

 

TOKYO, September 21, 2017 - The Philippines will always be a partner in the worldwide effort to protect the environment and ensure the sustainability of the tourism industry, said Tourism Secretary Wanda Tulfo-Teo.

The Philippine Department of Tourism (PDOT) chief made the assurance as she addressed the ministerial roundtable at the Global Tourism Forum of the Tour Expo Japan 2017 this morning at the Tokyo Bigsight International Conference Room.

"With the Philippines' diversely-rich natural environment, Filipinos offer ultimate fun experience to our guests. But, without collaborated measures on environmental protection, we cannot ensure sustainable growth of the tourism industry nor reap its economic benefits," noted Teo.

In a separate meeting with Japanese tourism executives, she congratulated the organizers of the Tour Expo Japan participated in by 140 countries this year to stimulate overseas travel among the Japanese.

Teo underscored again the importance of regional cooperation, as Asia experiences a continuous tourism boom unparalleled anywhere in the world, according to the year 2030 projections of United Nations World Tourism Organization.

"This growth is something we hope for but collaboration among our nations will be the key to continued growth, development and sustainability of tourism in Asia," Teo stressed.

Looking to reinvigorate the Japan tourist market, Teo is leading a 33-member delegation comprised of 15 Filipino travel and tour operators, including Philippine Air Lines (PAL) and Cebu Pacific and hoteliers, as well as 18 officials of the PDOT and the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB).

Also on Thursday, Teo's delegation held bilateral tourism talks with officials of Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism headed by Minister Keiichi Ishii. They will also hold business meetings with English as Second Language (ESL) groups: Association for English Studies in the Philippines (PSAA) headed by Mr. Minemura, Atsushi; DMM.Com is the biggest Online English company representative Yamamoto Asami.

At the Expo site, the Philippines' 198-square meter booth highlights the "It's More Fun in the Philippines" brand, showcasing the 7,100-island nation as a premium resort destination.

The booth features seminars about Philippine destinations and products, business to business meetings, More fun performances by award-winning Filipino talents at the booth stage, Virtual Reality experience of Philippine destinations, sampling of the Philippine Hilot at the Wellness corner, fun Filipino cocktail mixes and fruit shakes at the Mabuhay Bar, a roving ice cream cart serving Filipino ice cream flavors and an interactive fun photo wall.

Among the delegation accompanying Teo are DOT Undersecretary Benito Bengzon, Jr.; Assistant Secretry Ma. Lourdes Japson; and Tourism Attache to Japan Verna C. Buensuceso.

Sec. Wanda Teo

Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon Tulfo-Teo leads the ceremonial toast at the welcome reception of Japan's Tourism Expo in Tokyo

 

Sec. Wanda Teo

The Ministerial Round Table for the Global Tourism Forum will feature the topic: “International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

 

 


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