DOT hopes new head of inbound tourism will keep pace with recovery from pandemic

MANILA, Philippines — The Ministry of Tourism on Monday welcomed the upcoming appointment of Liloan Mayor Cristina Garcia Frasco as its new secretary.

Frasco, also the current press secretary for Vice President-elect Sarah Duterte-Carpio, is the daughter of Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia and the wife of a member of the House of Representatives. Duke Frasco (Cebu, 5th district).

DOT said it hopes the new administration will maintain the momentum gained by the tourism industry.

“The Department of Tourism (DOT) welcomes the forthcoming appointment of Mayor Cristina G. Frasco as its new secretary and has high hopes that the momentum we have given [over] the last few months, aimed at the revitalization, recovery and sustainability of the tourism industry, will be transferred to the new administration, ”the travel agency said in a statement.

He added that the DOT transition team is ready to welcome Frasco and brief her and her travel agency team for a “smooth turnaround.”

The DOT Transition Team will revise the National Tourism Development Plan 2022-2028 and reformulate the Tourism Response and Recovery Plan (TRRP), which served as the department’s roadmap to fully recover the tourism sector from the devastating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. .

“Restore DOT to your feet”

During the World Travel and Tourism Council hosted by the Philippines last month, Tourism Minister Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said she was confident the next administration would be guided by the agency’s current leadership on the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As you know, not only in the Philippines, but throughout the world, there was no COVID handbook. I had to check the records. I had to prepare everything from scratch and I believe that, of course, the next administration [just] like what we did, we already have a COVI guide. But, as you know, we have to constantly adapt to the times,” said the head of the tourism department at a WTTC press conference on April 20.

“In tourism, you need to learn how to adapt to changing needs,” she added.

“I think the next administration, at least they already have a COVID handbook. At this summit, they already see what works best for other countries, and perhaps adapt it to the conditions of the Philippines. And after that, you can just move forward and always just listen to the private sector, work with different agencies,” Puyat continued.

DOT assured the next administration that it “acted with the utmost accountability and transparency” given its recent authority.

“The following administration is confident that DOT is operating with the utmost accountability and transparency, having received an “unqualified opinion” from the Audit Committee, the highest rating indicating that all of our financial statements have been presented honestly and correctly, for two consecutive days. years,” the DOT said, adding that the last time the same rating was received was in 2009.

In addition to the highest COA rating, DOT also…


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