Lingayen --- The official declaration of September as Pangasinan Tourism Month will provide the needed linchpin in promoting the tourism industry.
Thus, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) approved Provincial Resolution No. 743-2014 declaring the month of September and every year thereafter as “Pangasinan Tourism Month” during its regular session on September 1.
Authored by Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim Jr., the resolution is in support of the observance of the World Tourism Day which is celebrated on the 27th day of September as declared by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the observance of the National Tourism Week every last week of the month of September as declared by Presidential Proclamation No. 894 dated October 3, 1996.
It is also in line with the provincial governments tourism development agenda.
This according to him, will help the aggressive efforts of Governor Amado T. Espino Jr. to promote Pangasinan as a choice tourist destination and a venue for conventions, conferences, sports activities and other national and international events.
Since 2009, Pangasinan has been celebrating the Tourism Month every September and this has been the avenue of the provincial government to instil consciousness among the people about the tourism industry, according to Tourism Operations Division Chief Maria Luisa A. Elduayan.
She also said that this will further increase tourists arrival noting that the tourist arrival in 2013 reached 250,165, and peaked to 611,000.
“With the approved resolution, we can now plan and implement appropriate activities for the month-long celebration,” Elduayan said. (EjS)