DOT-V, Catanduanes provincial gov’t spearhead seminar on tourism safety, security

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The Department of Tourism (DOT) V, the Provincial Government of Catanduanes, and the Provincial Tourism Office (PTO) have teamed up to conduct a seminar on Bicol Tourism Safety and Security amid rapid growth of tourism arrivals in the province.

The seminar, held last May 3 to 4 held in Virac, aimed to develop the skills of front liners, particularly those in the field of law, order and security, in providing a safe and secure environment for tourists.

“Through this effort, the group hopes to create a favorable image that highlights Catanduanes as a safe destination nationally and worldwide,” said the province.

Moreover, the event also sought to provide basic knowledge and skills in the safe coordination of tourists.

Carmel B. Garcia, Catanduanes’ Provincial Tourism Officer, highlighted in her speech the significance of safety and security to provide a quality tourism service.

“More than any other economic activity, the success or failure of a tourism destination depends on being able to provide a safe and secure environment for visitors,” she said.

“For an emerging destination like our province, we need to equip ourselves with the basic knowledge on how to provide a quality tourism services more specifically on safety and security of our visitors,” she added.

Meanwhile, Angelo Paulo Z. Detera, Tourism Operations Assistant of DOT-Region V, stressed that the need to conduct a seminar regarding tourists’ safety and security since there is an annual growth for tourists coming to Catanduanes.

“We all know that Catanduanes is in a phase na kung saan ang momentum ng tourists, domestic and foreign ay tumataas and expect that there would be more influx of tourists in the coming years,” he said.

Detera said that Catanduanes should be proactive when it comes to handling peace, order, safety and security as tourists troop to the islandel.

”We want them (tourists) na talagang pag pumunta ng Catanduanes, they could expect na yung mga front liners, yung mga police force, handang-handa to serve their needs lalo na pagdating sa kanilang kapakanan,” he furthered.

According to Provincial Tourism Office, there are 222, 623 domestic and foreign tourists as of 2017. An increase of 11.31% compared to 2016 which recorded 199,997 tourists.