Agriculture, faith tourism eyed to boost arrivals

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TOURISM officials are exploring the possibility of offering unique packages like farm, ecology and faith tourism as viable options to make the country’s tourism industry more competitive than our Asian neighbors.

In a recent press briefing, Tourism Undersecretary Silvino Tejada pointed out the potentials of farm, economic and faith tourism and that they are planning to link the three sectors to a viable economic foundation for their agency.

“Why not make our farms a tourist spot?” he asked.

Since ecotourism has had a head start compared to farm and faith tourism, Tejada said that he has already started meeting regional directors and would eventually want to see the sights personally.

“I want to see exactly what is happening in the ground. I will be visiting all the regional offices after Holy Week and from there I will be able to come up with a concrete plan for faith tourism, agri-tourism and farm tourism rolled into one,” he said.

The DOT official envisions the tourism industry in the country to be the “lead catalyst” of a climate resilient, robust and vibrant by 2022.

Aside from meeting regional directors, he had also coordinated with Sen. Cynthia Villar, chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture on proposals to establish farm schools in every town. (With reports from PNA)