In celebration of World Tourism Day on September 27, 2021, Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat laid out a message regarding the Department of Tourism (DOT) plans to improve and rebuild the local tourism industry amidst the pandemic.
"This crisis has highlighted the opportunity for the Philippines' tourism industry to build back better, shifting its narrative toward resilient, inclusive, and sustainable growth," she said.
The theme for this year is "Tourism for Inclusive Growth," wherein Puyat said it parallels with their vision and aligns with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, mainly – Decent Work and Economic Growth.
"Tourism has the power to change and uplift lives, and as we head towards national economic recovery, we are committed to leaving no one behind," Puyat said.
Plans and Programs
The Department's plans and programs for the rest of 2021 and until the first half of 2022 will mainly be "protecting livelihoods and the workforce and broaden and deepen the roots of community engagement, capitalizing on the country's strengths."
Puyat said that they're boosting its vaccination for the tourism workers and will continue to enforce health and safety guidelines as well as develop tourism products and circuits that'll suit the changing preferences of the tourists amid this health crisis.
She also expressed her eagerness to prepare for a safe travel destination for the local travelers and the country's reopening to international tourists.
"We look forward to the day when we can join other nations in welcoming foreign travelers. We are preparing for the return of inbound tourism, ensuring that our destinations are safe and our programs are sustainable."
"Together, we will recover as one," Puyat concluded.