The University of Santo Tomas College of Tourism and Hospitality Management (UST CTHM), in partnership with the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines, Inc. (ATOP), organized the 1st CTHM Virtual Tourism and Hospitality Conference 2020 under THM52016: Tourism Policy, Planning, and Development course, with the theme “Philippine Tourism Development and COVID-19 Pandemic: Recovery through Sustainable Development.”
This virtual event was held via Zoom on October 23, 2020, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and was officially promoted by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) through its Tourism for SDGs Virtual Platform. It was viewed via the Official Facebook Page of UST CTHM (UST College of Tourism and Hospitality Management).
The conference theme highlighted the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on domestic destinations’ tourism development in the Philippines. It also underscored the recovery policies, goals, plans, programs, and projects that the local government units (LGU) could implement.
Panel discussants shared their expertise on the following topics: Municipal Government of Tanay, Rizal Senior Tourism Operations Officer Dr. Jeffrey M. Pino, EnP, discussed “Sustainable Tourism Recovery Plan in a Municipality Level” while Provincial Government of Capiz Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Officer Mr. Alphonsus D. Tesoro, talked about “Sustainable Tourism Recovery Plan in a Provincial Level.”
City Government of Davao Tourism Operations Officer Ms. Reginal Rosa D. Tecson shared on “Sustainable Tourism Recovery Plan in a City Level,” while Department of Tourism Region VIII Regional Director Dir. Karina Rosa Santiago Tiopes, CESO III, discussed “Sustainable Tourism Recovery Plan in a Regional Level.” Following the panel discussion were the responses from the panel of reactors: UST Tourism and Hospitality Management Alumni Association, Inc. President Mr. Jerrold G. Gacula represented the Tourism Industry while CTHM Tourism Management Department faculty member Joreen T. Rocamora, Ph.D., represented the academe. Joining them was UST SIMBAHAYAN Community Development Office Director Froilan A. Alipao, who represented the local community.