There are a lot of opportunities coming to Bacolod City particularly in the tourism industry with the SMX Convention Center, Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority chief operating officer Mark Lapid said yesterday at the opening of the first Bacolod Trade Expo and Conferences at the Northwing of SM City Bacolod.
also lauded Bacolod City for pushing for a more vibrant tourism industry even when others say that Negros and Bacolod are left behind.
said it takes time and a lot of efforts for the city or any locality to develop its tourism infrastructures starting from the airports, roads, facilities, accommodations, destinations and activities.
It all starts with the local government to fire up its tourism programs and potentials with the participation of the various sectors, he
said it is good that everybody is accepting and realizing the potential of the tourism industry in the country.
"It gives livelihood to our people and is among the top contributor to our Gross National Product.
It is also the main contributor to our economic development and a vehicle in producing and creating jobs," he
When people have jobs, the economy grows.
That is the value chain that is being created by tourism, he
is glad that the Business Process Outsourcing is also in Bacolod, being the No. 3 top contributor to the country's GDP aside from the overseas contract workers, electronics, and tourism as number four.
The convention center will be a new start for the new generation and in the tourism industry, he
"I truly hope that we can proceed with the hosting of the Mice Asia Pacific Exhibition and Conference in 2016," Lapid