Team Out of City Weblog Hub (Outoftownblog.com) – Division of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco eyes bringing enhancements to the nation’s air and seaports to encapsulate the “Filipino Model” and provides vacationers a very good first and final impression after they go to The Philippines.
In a gathering with Division of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Jaime J. Bautista on Monday (August 8), the tourism chief famous that as the first gateway to the nation, airports and seaports play an integral position within the general vacationer expertise and the tourism worth chain.
She added that the DOT envisions enhancing present services in airports and seaports by introducing enhancements that may make the ports extra aesthetically pleasing, handy, tourist-friendly, and most significantly, reflective of the “Filipino Model”.
“Other than enhancing comfort to vacationers and vacationers, the DOT additionally seems to be at placing a ‘Filipino Model’ to our ports, a very good picture of the Philippines that might stay within the reminiscences of tourists to the nation earlier than touring completely different locations within the Philippines and lengthy after they’ve left,” Secretary Frasco stated.
A few of the DOT’s really helpful enhancements embrace the set up of signages that may have a uniform look in all air and seaports, in addition to using lighting, backdrop, and furnishings that may distinctly replicate the “Filipino Model.” Frasco famous that the DOT needs “the expertise to be optimistic for all senses” and that there may even be interactive shows that includes varied artists and artisans to make the airport expertise extraordinary and experiential for vacationers.
“Historically, the Division of Tourism has been concerned within the promotion and advertising and marketing purely and largely in advertisements, however this time round, we needed a tacit manifestation of our model because the Philippines as a result of that is what the President very clearly stated in his SONA, that he needs us to advertise the Filipino model to the world. That is one thing we want to herald within the Philippines, starting with our satisfaction and our tradition, our heritage, and our identification as Filipinos. And that’s the reason the weather of the aesthetic enhancements that we want to introduce are all made within the Philippines and distinctively Filipino,” enthused the DOT chief.
Along with aesthetically interesting ports, the DOT can also be pushing for a stress-free passenger expertise with extra environment friendly service and lowered passenger ready time. DOT recommends a One-Cease-Store for land, air, and sea connectivity with provision for digitalized service to facilitate effectivity. The Division additionally dedicated a tourism help desk with educated personnel to facilitate guests’ issues.
Frasco likewise underscored the necessity to present acceptable options and services in gateways and transport hubs for individuals with disabilities (PWDs) as a part of the Division’s advocacy for Barrier Free Tourism. Availability of wheelchairs, elevators with PWD -friendly options, clearly designated PWD parking slots, and check-in counters with low and recessed or split-level counters that may accommodate individuals seated on wheelchairs had been among the many proposals of the DOT.
In the meantime, the DOT prompt the resumption of pre-pandemic routes to reduce the congestion within the main ports. The Division additionally proposed the opening of latest native and home routes given the optimistic developments in journey situations and demand.
“Whereas we perceive that introducing main infrastructure adjustments to the present airports and seaports is one thing that can not be performed within the short-term, in reply to the decision of the President to enhance the general vacationer expertise, now we have recognized methods the place we are able to introduce enhancements that don’t essentially entail long-term actions,” the tourism chief added.
The DOT recommends the Ninoy Aquino Worldwide Airport Terminal 2 (NAIA-T2), Davao Worldwide Airport (DVO), and Cebu Metropolis Pier 1 for the airport and seaport enhancement program pilot tasks.
This system, to be led by the DOT with the assist of the DOTr, might be a joint partnership between the 2 companies. Through the assembly, Transportation Secretary Bautista agreed to the DOT’s proposal to create a Technical Working Group (TWG) that might oversee the graceful and complete facilitation of the enhancement program.
“I feel our expertise working with airways and now working with authorities will now permit us to unravel the issues and the problems and dealing with the Division of Tourism we are able to higher enhance the expertise of our vacationers. I’m very completely satisfied we began this dialog, and I agree that we have to additional focus on the small print of the venture, let’s manage a working group. This can be a superb collaboration between the DOT and the Division of Transportation. Let’s make it occur,” stated Bautista.
Along with its advice to reinstate recognized home and worldwide flights, the DOT additionally proposes strengthening its partnership with the DOTr on air and sea routes growth.
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