Frasco’s DoT to highlight domestic tourism, food, marketable crafts

Frasco’s DoT to highlight domestic tourism, food, marketable crafts

Incoming Tourism Secretary Maria Esperanza Christina G. Frasco said in a television interview on Tuesday that she plans to develop domestic tourism in order not to be left vulnerable to disruptions in international travel, while playing up untapped strengths in food and crafts and continuing to promote areas of outstanding beauty, in a so-called “multi-dimensional” approach to promoting the Philippines as a destination. Ms. Frasco said investment in tourism infrastructure is needed to improve the access to various destinations. She called for “investing heavily in infrastructure to improve connectivity and access to our tourist sites.” Ms. Frasco also said she plans to make use of digitalization and online platforms to boost underpromoted destinations. Ms. Frasco said she considers Mindanao to be capable of becoming a major driver of growth, adding that the south has not been given “equal opportunity” in terms of tourism development.