DOT 7 to produce tourism development plan guidebook for Cebu’s LGUs

January 3, 2015 9:57 am 

CEBU CITY, Jan. 2 — The Department of Tourism (DOT) 7 will produce a guidebook on tourism development plans for local government units (LGU) in Cebu Province starting in February.

DOT 7 Director Rowena Montecillo said the guidebook will serve as a tool to help LGUs craft their tourism plans.

“The aim here is to help LGUs become DOT-independent in terms of making their own tourism plans because these plans should really be initiated by them. DOT’s intervention will come in the form of technical assistance that will suit the community,” Montecillo said.

She said the guidebook will help educate and determine the function of local tourism officers and local chief executives in the development of their local tourism roadmaps.

DOT 7 has increased its efforts in developing new tourism destinations in the countryside.

Montecillo reported more LGUs in Cebu are now active in implementing their own tourism development plan, most of them as eco-tourism destinations.

“More LGUs are now aware of the growth opportunities tourism can bring to their locality in terms of income and job generation. Those areas with high potential in tourism have been working closely with the DOT in terms of technical and marketing help,” she said.

She said more LGUs need proper training in crafting their tourism development plan.

“There are some who don’t know their tourism plans while others don’t know what to do with their tourism sites but they are starting to learn. We are hoping this guidebook will help them,” she said. (PNA)

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