PH to hold Global Farm Tourism Summit in July
The Philippines will hold the Global Farm Tourism Summit (GFTS) in July as the country aims to seize a portion of the 1 billion tourist market, 30 percent of which are said to be looking for “nature tourism” that can well be found on the country’s 12 new Calabarzon integrated tourist sites.
To jointly organize the landmark international conference on farm tourism, the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA) has tied up with the International School of Sustainable Tourism (ISST).
SEARCA Director Gil Saguiguit Jr. said since small farmers need to have numerous income stream in order to become globally competitive in light of ASEAN integration, farm tourism will be a key to helping lift them out of poverty.
“Agritourism is an innovative pathway of us at SEARCA to achieve our goal of Inclusive and Sustainable Agricultural and Rural Development that should benefit small farmers,” said Saguiguit.
The conferences must also boost tourist arrivals to Philippines’12 integrated sites in CALABARZON namely Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon that have been organized by a multi-sectoral group.
These 12 ecotourism sites are hoped to be integrated with farm sites as part of fulfilling the Farm Tourism Development Act (Republic Act 10816) which was just ratified in 2017.
The GFST particularly aims to gather 500 participants to share best practices, insights, technologies, and products from around the world. It intends to open channels and networks on farm tourism development.