by A. Lumaque
Roxas City (3 November) – A three-day Western Visayas Tourism Assembly (WVTA) that will gather various tourism stakeholders from the government and private sectors in the region is set here from December 4 to 6 this year.
The assembly is in time with the city and province’s Sinadya sa Halaran (SSH) celebration from December 3 to 8.
Department of Tourism Regional Director and WVTA executive director Edwin G. Trompeta said during a press conference that the activities for the assembly include travel fair and mart, tourism conference, parade of festivals, cultural showcase, tourism awards, travel invitational, food festival and search for Miss Western Visayas Tourism.
The media interaction was also graced by Capiz Gov. Victor A. Tanco, Sangguniang Panlalawigan Member Alfonso Bediones, Provincial and City Tourism Officers Alphonsus Tesoro and Rodolfo Maestro Jr., respectively, some DOT regional staff and mediamen, among others.
“Capiz is known for its fresh seafoods and the hospitality of its people,” noted Trompeta during the press conference when asked about the various tourism potentials in the region.
He added that DOT Secretary Joseph “Ace” Durano has been invited to grace the opening rites of the assembly.
For his part, Governor Tanco has conveyed his invitation through the tri-media practitioners in his message before the end of the conference.
“I invite everyone to witness the assembly and the SSH celebration,” Tanco said.
The WVTA theme is “The National Tourism Act of 2009: Meeting the Challenges of Domestic Tourism.”
Western Visayas Tourism Assembly 2009 – Schedule of Activities