This is one of the plans stated by acting General Manager and CEO Mark T. Lapid In his recent speech at the 3rd Annual Tourism Students Congress organized by the Union of Filipino Tourism Educators last August 29, 2008 at Olongapo International Convention Center.
Being one of the major thrusts of the Philippine Tourism Authority
for this year, this plan geared to the launch of KABARKADA SA
TURISMO last June 25, 2008 at Manila Pavilion.
The project focuses on elevating local tourism appeal to the academe, with the aim to provide the students the opportunity to widen their knowledge about the Philippines thru low-budgeted tour packages on the properties under the Philippine Tourism Authority
GM Lapid sees the essential role of the student traveler in contributing to the development of tourism here in the Philippines.
Considering the wide market base of student sector in the country, there is a great potential in maintaining a long-term partnership with the educators vital to the success of this endeavor.
also aims to have a stronger support on the domestic tourism from the students by giving them a chance to experience first hand the beauty of our tourism spots owned by the Authority.
With this, its is expected to draw more attention from the foreign visitors in the coming years in effect not only promoting tourism locally but also to the world.
ON REACHING 7M TOTAL SALES IN 3 MONTHS
The Philippine Tourism Authority under the term of acting General Manager and CEO Mark T. Lapid reported to earn almost 7.1 Million Pesos from June to August in Tourism packages sales based on Manila bookings alone now on its 3rd month, not to mention onsite sales generated per PTA Property.
The move to push local tourism for higher development is one of the challenges that GM Lapid is willing to take.
Successfully finishing a number of Tourism-related projects for his
hometown as the former Governor of Pampanga
is well ready to lead Philippine Tourism
to the next level.
GM Lapid announced the launch of the Kabarkada sa Turismo last June 25, 2008 at the Manila Pavilion to the Tourism Educations Sector one of which includes the Union of Filipino Tourism Educators (UFTE).
appointment as General Manager and CEO of Philippine Tourism Authority
, Honorable Mark T. Lapid
eagerness to further improve the services and the properties according to the mandate under the Philippine decree No. 564 on the creation of the authority.
WEBSITE and SYSTEM IMPROVEMENT
GM Lapid foresees Philippine Tourism Authority to be at par with the new age - a development for computerization and full service system that is accessible and affordable.
This vision to strengthen tourism facilities, properties and services only reveals that development under GM Mark Lapid is not far behind.