NEGROS ORIENTAL, Nov. 7 (PIA)–-Accurate tourism statistics is vital in developing a region or local government unit for socio-economic progress and employment benefits.
But the regional office of the Department of Tourism (DOT) 7 expressed concern on their difficulty to collect tourism-related data at the local government units (LGU).
Director Shalimar Tamano of DOT7 shared that the collection of timely tourism statistics is a shared responsibility for both LGUs and national government.
On this, the DOT is requesting the Regional Development Council (RDC)7 to help.
DOT wants the RDC to issue a directive enjoining all chief executives in Central Visayas to create a local tourism statistics system and appoint focal person to gather the information.
This should assure that data could be collected, data which includes visitor arrivals in municipalities, cities and provinces, occupancy rates of local hotels and resorts to be collected by local tourism officers.
RD Tamano however regrets that most LGUs do not have tourism officers.
Over this, the RDC, in a resolution, stated that tourism-related data collection at the LGU level could be facilitated through the institutionalization of the local tourism statistics system, and the appointment of a focal person on tourism statistics.
The RDC also hints that the gathering of the data be included in the criteria for the Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG).
Over this, the RDC also requested the assistance of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in the implementation of Republic Act No. 9593 or the Tourism Act of 2009, by putting the data gathering in the criteria for the SGLG, specifically the the regular submission of data on visitor arrivals by LGUs.
Tourism provides an opportunity for LGUs to stimulate infrastructure development and investment while enhancing opportunities for job creation and local entrepreneurship, members of the RDC stressed.
The RDC noted that with the completion of MCIA Terminal 2 and the Panglao International Airport in Bohol, tourism is expected to boost and a positive impact on tourism and allied industries in the region is expected. (jct/PIA7-Negros Oriental)
Source: PIA Feed