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SHTM conducts ‘The Green Road’ lecture on Ecotourism

A special lecture on Ecotourism Policy and Planning in Asia-Pacific Region entitled “The Green Road” was conducted by the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (SHTM) last September 15 at the SJH Academic Hall. The event was organized to provide an alternative venue for students to learn about ecotourism which is among the popular forms of tourism development in the country.


The lecture was conducted by Professor David Newsome, an invited speaker from Murdoch University in Perth, West Australia, who discussed about the Best Ecotourism Practices in Asia-Pacific. In his lecture, Dr. Newsome shared both his amazing and frustrating experiences and observations about management of ecotourism in various sites in Asia-Pacific. He emphasized that destination managers must realize that real ecotourism must involve community participation, protection of natural and cultural resources, economic benefits for the host community and satisfaction of the tourists. He also added that Philippines has so much to offer in terms of ecotourism with our rich biodiversity and ecology. However, he also noted that there are still areas to improve on, particularly based on reviews regarding whale watching experience in Donsol, Sorsogon and Oslob, Cebu.


An equally interesting lecture on Ecotourism Policy and Planning in the Philippines was also conducted by Mr. Elijah Joy Alonzo from the Policy Formulation and Evaluation Division of the Department of Tourism. Mr. Alonzo provided an overview of the current situation of tourism in the country and presented various strategies, policies, plans, projects and programs geared towards promoting ecotourism in the country. He emphasized the call for a more sustainable management of tourism in line with the declaration of 2017 as the International Year for Sustainability Tourism for Development by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).


The event was concluded with an open forum where students had engaging discussions and exchanges of insights regarding the future of ecotourism industry in the Philippines. SHTM believes that this event is an opportunity to inspire the students to use ecotourism as a powerful catalyst for countryside development.


Date Posted: 10-11-2017