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Torch Parade Kicks Off 12th ATOP Convention PDF Print E-mail
Written by Vincent Bigcas   
ROXAS CITY, Capiz, (Oct. 3) -- A sundown torch parade today from the Provincial Capitol grounds to the Capiz Gym here will kick off the 12th Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines (ATOP) annual convention from Oct. 3 to 6.

“All delegates will be in their regional attire during the parade,” said ATOP president Miguel L. Sison during a press conference.

Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) Chief Operating Officer Mark Lapid is expected to grace the opening ceremonies after the parade.

The three-day national event, to be attended by about 1,000 tourism industry players, will culminate with a sidetrip of the delegates to Boracay Island.

Provincial Tourism Officer as well as Convention Chairman Alphonsus D. Tesoro said that the various topics during the gathering include Recognizing and Promoting Filipino Creative Economy Towards a Vibrant Sustainable Tourism Industry; The Role of Culture in Tourism Governance; The Protocol and Social Graces for Tourism Officers and Stakeholders as frontliners in guest receptions and social functions; and Adventure and Sports Tourism Products.

Resource persons during the discussions come from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP).

“There will also be community immersion on Oct. 5 where participants will learn from the various tourism-related best practices,” Tesoro said during an interview over Budyong Kapehan program aired over Wesfardel Cable here.

ATOP is a tourism organization that seeks to become an active partner of the government in the country’s economic, social and cultural development programs. (JCM/AAL/PIA 6 Capiz)
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