DOT conducts tourist driver’s seminar in Marinduque

BOAC, Marinduque — With the leadership of the Department of Tourism (DOT) along with Provincial Tourism and Cultural Office, Marinduque Tourism Development Council (MTDC), Dream Favor Travel and Tours and the Federation of Marinduque Transport Cooperative, the First Tourist Drivers Seminar as Tourism Frontliners was organized in Marinduque Hotel and Resort in Balaring, town of Boac.

Susan Nace, president of MTDC said, the primary objective of the the seminar is to provide an awareness campaign for tourist drivers to learn and appreciate the nature and benefit derived from tourism.

“We would like to develop and expand the roles of tourist drivers as frontliners and sources of tourism information. As we are all aware, all transport modes are very important for tourism because they facilitate the movement of tourists from the place of departure to the place of destination,” says Nace.

Further, the activity will be part of the requirements needed by the DOT for them to be considered as accredited tourist transport operators.

Dr. Reynaldo Jorda, one of the resource speakers discussed the tourism overview focused on travel components, tourist behavior, tourism products, service quality and cooperative strategy.

Meanwhile, Nardo Naguiat, another resource speaker conversed about road safety and correct driving techniques.

Gov. Presbitero Velasco Jr. through his representative, Provincial Administrator Vincent Michael Velasco extended gratitude to all stakeholders.

“As the province gets busy reviving our tourism industry and revisiting our programs before the pandemic, we’d like to thank the Department of Tourism especially DOT- Mimaropa for providing a seminar for our drivers,” PA Velasco said.

The provincial administrator further states that the drivers are the first person who will be encountered by the visitors. Hence, friendly service should be a brand of the drivers as they too, serve as ambassadors and representatives of the province.

PA Velasco also reminded that the public organizations, businesses, as well as individuals belonging to the tourism industry, should contact their office or the provincial tourism office if they want to be included in next seminar programs as there are more trainings to follow in various branches of tourism such as housekeeping, tour guiding among others. —

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