The Department of Tourism is planning to promote "regenerative tourism," showcasing how tourist spots in the Philippines have improved in terms of sustainability.
Citing the six-month closure of Boracay Island last 2018 for rehabilitation, Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said the government intends to preserve the travel destinations across the country by protecting the environment.
"We want a tourist destination to be even better than it was before nga iyong mas maganda pa, iyong hindi nasisira at makikinabang iyong kalikasan," Puyat said in a public briefing, based on the report of ABS-CBN.
(We want a tourist destination to be even better than it was before, so it can even be more beautiful, not easily destroyed, and where nature will benefit.)
"Kaya talaga we received a lot of awards from all over the world because talagang they were very impressed that we closed our top tourist destination because we wanted… iyong regenerative tourism nga, we want sustainable tourism," she added.
(So really we received a lot of awards from all over the world because they were very impressed that we closed our top tourist destination because we wanted… the regenerative tourism, we want sustainable tourism.)
According to the conservationists from the Rizal province-based Masungi Georeserve, they described regenerative tourism as designed experiences around sustainability.