AFTER undergoing a trainor’s training and another on management planning in the last two years, representatives from seven local government units of Cebu successfully hurdled module three (ecotourism business planning) of the Cebu Provincial Tourism Office’s Ecotourism Management Planning (EMP) project.

The participants were tourism officers, local planning officers, local environment officers, and people’s organization representatives of the towns of Minglanilla, Sogod, Tabogon, Tuburan, San Fernando, and the cities of Cebu and Carcar.

The three-day workshop, held at Eskapo Verde Resort in Bugas, Badian, Cebu last January 7-9, 2019, was the culmination of the EMP trainings for the development of an ecotourism site in the different municipalities and cities of Cebu.

Cebu Provincial Tourism Officer Joselito R. Costas (left) discusses business planning during the Ecotourism Management Plan-Module Three seminar-workshop held at green resort Eskapo Verde in Bugas, Badian, Cebu.

The training advances the sustainable tourism program of the office, which believes that if properly implemented and managed, ecotourism conserves the environment and improves the well-being of local communities.

“Poverty can be solved by ecotourism if (ecotourism is) managed and implemented correctly,” said Cebu Provincial Tourism Officer Joselito R. Costas, who was one of the speakers.

As part of the workshop, the participants drew up an ecotourism business plan, which includes that for three years, five years, and 10 years, as well as prepare a budget plan for the selected ecotourism destination.

“The workshop is really applicable to our work, especially that we are assigned in the Coastal Resources and Ecotourism Research and Development and Extension Center,” said Chona M. Tura of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-7.

The training is also in line with the Cebu Provincial Government’s thrust of infrastructure development, tourism and investment promotion, which is one of the six key agenda of the administration. #

A night session is normal during seminar-workshops under the Ecotourism Management Plan training modules of the Cebu Provincial Tourism Office.