The 9th UNWTO ASIA/PACIFIC EXECUTIVE TRAINING PROGRAM

 

The 9th UNWTO ASIA/PACIFIC EXECUTIVE TRAINING PROGRAM ON TOURISM POLICY AND STRATEGY-COMMUNITY BASED DEVELOPMENT (CBD) AND TOURISM RECOVERY,

28th April 2015 – 1 May 2015, Bohol, Philippines

 

The 9th UNWTO 9th UNWTO Asia/Pacific Executive Training Program on Tourism Policy and Strategy was inaugurated on 28th April 2015 by the Secretary of Tourism, Hon Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr., of the Department of Tourism, Government of Philippines. Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Tourism, Dr Ahmed Salih is attending this program. The theme of the training session is Community Based Development and Tourism Recovery.

Hon, Edgardo Chatto, Governor of the Province of Bohol welcomed the delegates and Mr. Harry Hwang, Deputy Director of the Regional Program for Asia and the Pacific, UNWTO and Mr. Geun Ho Kim, Director of International Tourism, Division at Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Government of Republic of Korea also addressed the participants.

Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Tourism, Dr Ahmed Salih with Secretary of Tourism, Depart of Tourism and Governor of Bohol Province, Government of Philippines

Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Tourism, Dr Ahmed Salih with Secretary of Tourism, Depart of Tourism and Governor of Bohol Province, Government of Philippines

Secretary, Hon. Jimenz began his speech addressing the devastation caused by the recent earthquake in Nepal and called for a minute of silence and expressed condolences to the people of Nepal whose livelihood is devastated.  Hon Jimenez also recalled the tragic devastation of Bohol caused by the earthquake and typhoon Haiyan in 2013 and the way it recovered from this tragedy.

In his speech, Hon Secretary also highlighted that millions of dollars are earned by the Government of Philippines from the tourist expenditure and its growing but the importance of focusing on the number of communities benefiting from this growth rather than looking at just the tourism growth numbers. Secretary also stated how community based tourism could assist poorest people in various parts of the country, giving example of cooperatives formed among various communities and how their products are linked with tourism products and services through supply chain.

The UNWTO Consultant on Evironmental and Tourism Management Mr Robert Baisuk gave the keynote speech, “Smart Partnerships for effective communit development through tourism”. He addressed opportunities, challenges and examples of successful community development projects based on tourism. Case study presentation by Professor Simon Wearne, Faculty of Tourism/Graduate School of Tourism, Wakayama University, Japan on “Traditional Whaling Based Community Tourism – Pamalican and Taiji” was also presented, followed by country presentations from Philippines, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Fiji, Iran, Republic of Korea and Vietnam.

On 29th April 2015 the sessions focused on tourism recovery and this session was introduced by Madame Nazalina Zaldivar Lim, UNWTO Consultant/President of Asia Pacific Projects, Inc (APPI). Her key note speech included case studies on recovering from crisis situation in some Asian countries. The importance of valuing traditional knowledge in community based tourism development in post-dsisaster reconstruction was presented in a case study by Professor Kumi Kato; Professor Koji Kanda from the Faculty of Tourism/Graduate School of Tourism at Wakayama University of Japan. This was followed by case studies from India, Laos PDR, Macao SAR of China, Malaysia, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia and the Maldives. Interactive sessions were held on the final day to generate ideas and to establish closer cooperation and networking among the participants.