ROXAS CITY, Capiz (Sept 10) -- The officers of the newly-organized Capiz Tour Operators Association (CTOA) will assume their respective positions in an oath-taking ceremony on September 27 at the Dinggoy Roxas Civic Center, pledging to bring in more tourists to the province.
The induction ceremony will be in time for the opening of a tourism expo in line with the 2012 Provincial Tourism Week celebration.
The officers, are led by Tickets N More Travel Agency General Manager Donnel San Antonio, together with Vicky Baes of San Mateo Travel and Tours, vice president; Francisco Bellosillo Jr. of Bellosillo Travel and Tours, secretary; Heidi Chiu of Ticket Time Travel and Tours, treasurer; Peter Magpayo of Panay River Tours, public relations officer (PRO); Carlos Ty of C & L Travel Agency, auditor; and Erwin Alba of Jonar Resources, business manager.
“Our main objective is to invite prospective investors to invest in our local tourism industry and bring in more tourists to Roxas City and Capiz,” said San Antonio.
“Based on our interviews with various tourists, one local tourist spends around P3,000 to P5,000 while every international visitor costs 1,000 to 2,000 US dollars during a vacation anywhere in the province,” he added.
The money is usually used to pay local hotels, restaurants, tour operators and other tourism-related enterprises.
The association has also been instrumental on the operation of Roll-On Roll-Off (RORO) vessel plying the route of Culasi Port here to Batangas City Port via Odiongan, Romblon since May this year.
Aside from CTOA, the RORO operation was also realized through the support of the Capiz Halaran Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Roxas City Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Capiz Provincial Micro Small and Medium Enterprise Development Council, Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) – Capiz Chapter, Roxas City Investments and Promotion Center and local officials.
The group is also working to invite other airline and shipping companies to open new routes for the province. (JCM/AAL-PIA6 Capiz)