Thursday, November 26, 2015

PATA official sees Albay in global tourism map soon
By Nancy Ibo Mediavillo

LEGAZPI CITY, Nov. 26 (PNA) -- The Province of Albay is a promising future destination of tourists as it would be in the international tourism map soon said a media briefing Wednesday night at The Oriental Hotel.

This is how Mario Hardy, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) chief executive officer, foresaw the province as he admitted being impressed by the beautiful and rich greenery around as well as the interesting culture and fantastic native foods.

Hardy said the experience he and his wife have had in the province is a real achievement in their life.

"It is a true-to-life story for me and my wife," he said, as he claimed that when his wife saw the greenery that carpeted the surrounding when they arrived, she felt as if she had not left her home place.

The PATA official said that before he came here during the UNWTO meeting last year, he did not know Legazpi City but, he said, when he searched in the Internet, he was captivated by the place, especially when he set foot on the place.

Hardy said the holding of PATA forum in Albay will open a very rare and fantastic opportunity and great potential not only to the PATA members but also to Albay.

"This is because everything you offer is of great interest," he said.

The PATA chief executive officer said tourists look for things different that are not found in their own countries, like what are in Albay.

He urged the Philippine Government and the Provincial Government of Albay to build more infrastructure facilities like airports.

In Albay, people are very much waiting for the completion of the Bicol International Airport in Barangay Alobo in nearby Daraga town.

Hardy also called for the strengthening of destinations connectivity and products diversification.

He cautioned, however, that with more tourists coming to Albay, its beauty and verdant surrounding must not be sacrificed.

The tourism industry leader stressed the need to preserve water and energy resources and the practice of proper waste management. (PNA) CTB/FGS/NIM/CBD/EDS