By Minerva BC Newman
Cebu City — The Department of Tourism (DOT) in Central Visayas honored its accredited tourist guides as “tourism ambassadors of the region” and vital in promoting the growth of the country’s tourism industry.
DOT Regional Director Shalimar Hofer Tamano said the guides help travelers understand the natural, historical and cultural heritage of the region so they could have a meaningful and enjoyable travel experience.
Every year on February 21 the world tourism industry celebrates International Tourist Guide Day since 2002, but this is the first time Central Visayas celebrated the event.
Rodrigo Taghoy, president of the Cebu Association of Tour Guides, said he felt honored that their efforts and contribution to the tourism industry have been recognized.
“It certainly boosts our morale as tourism professionals and motivates us to do better in delivering our services, Taghoy said.
As part of the celebration, the Cebu Association of Tour Guides (CATG) offered a free city tour for students of the Department of Hospitality and Management of the Lapu-Lapu City College. They visited historical sites and attractions in Mactan and Cebu City.
Hembler Mendoza, Lapu-Lapu City Tourism Head, commended the CATG for its work and passion in helping promote cities to the national and international market.
Aside from Cebu, Bohol Island Tour Guides Association of the Philippines (BITGAP) conducted a quiz bowl for the tourism students in the island, Tamano said.