|Gov. Al Francis Bichara|
Bichara directed council members to work together to further uplift the quality of tourism services provided by stakeholders and to come up with more affordable tour packages.
He likewise urged representatives from the Department of Public Works and Highways present in the meeting for improvement of tourism infrastructures to ensure that all tourists are not just comfortable, but also safe in their travels.
Also in the said meeting, Albay Tourism Officer Dorothy Fernandez Colle presented the Annual Investment Plan of the Provincial Tourism and Culture Affairs Office along with achievements and programs implemented during the first half of the year.
Colle cited the success of the Daragang Magayon Festival which still remains as the top tourist drawer for the province and the successful participation and collaboration with the Department of Tourism and other provinces in the region in the recently concluded Philippine Travel Mart in Manila, the largest and longest running travel exhibit in the country.
Albay booth was adjudged as the most visited and was the People’s Choice award first place winner.
Tourism stakeholders and council members composed of tourism officers, accredited tour operators, tour guides and members from the transport groups also presented varying problems and concerns they encountered. Sub-committees were then formed to address these issues and concerns. (PIA)