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Durano: RP tourism defies global crisis

Posted in DOT, Tourism by Erineus on March 6, 2009

Updated March 06, 2009 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Philippine tourism is defying the global crisis as jobs mount in various industry sectors, especially for a wide range of highly skilled professionals and other personnel.

Tourism Secretary Joseph Ace Durano said the industry’s manpower needs could easily run to tens of thousands based on the number of newly completed tourism projects, those to be operational within 2009 to 2010, and those in the pipeline.

Durano said 1,700 rooms are scheduled to open in Manila this year. “And these do not include the 2,000 others that will open in many areas of the archipelago during the year, all part of the P550-billion expansion projects of various investors involving some 7,000 new hotel and resort rooms,” he said.

This development could be gleaned from the growing number of tourism businesses and related enterprises joining the Trabaho sa Turismo (TST) Fair 2009 on March 13-14 at the SM City Cebu, “indicating the sustained viability and competitiveness of our tourism industry even during crisis and the continued rise in the number of jobs required to serve our domestic and foreign tourists,” he added.

Durano said the 4th TST indicates the Department of Tourism’s “successful efforts in finding and developing new and emerging inbound markets, attracting foreign investors in various areas of tourism, encouraging domestic investments in tourism facilities, promoting joint ventures, and sustaining government-funded infrastructure projects that boost tourism, all generating employment and livelihood for our people and serving as economic growth engine in both good and bad times.”

Durano cited the consistent 10.6 percent average increase in foreign visitor arrivals since 2004 when he assumed his post as tourism secretary.

He said the Filipino people, particularly the unemployed and those considering a career shift, could help the tourism industry by joining the TST fair in Cebu, or its Manila leg on May 22-23 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City, and pre-registering online at http://www.jobsdb.com.ph.

JobsDB.com members can use their existing log-in ID and password to pre-register for the event. Other applicants may create an online resumé or attach a word document file of their resumé.

http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=446020&publicationSubCategoryId=454

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