Tourism Act of 2009: Increased Tourist Access

[This is Part 2/8 of the discussion on Republic Act No. 9593, also known as The Tourism Act of 2009. Link to other parts found below.]

International and Domestic Tourist Travel. – The DOT shall increase and improve the accessibility of the Philippines to domestic and foreign tourists. To enhance the standards of transportation services for tourist use, the DOT and the relevant government agencies shall develop an integrated, one-stop shop system for the speedy issuance of franchises and accreditation for tourism transport operators.

Visas. – The DOT, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) shall develop a system of granting visas that encourages the arrival and longer stay of tourists in the Philippines.

Education. – The DOT shall work closely with the DepEd for the development of basic education programs – formal, informal and non-formal learning systems and interventions – for in-school and out-of-school youth in the promotion of a culture of tourism through the development and integration of tourism concepts and the enhancement of education in languages, history and culture and the arts.

The DOT shall also work closely with the CHED in the regulation of colleges and universities that grant undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in tourism.

TESDA is mandated to develop, in conjunction with DOT, programs for the training of tourism entrepreneurs by providing programs for languages, history and cultural appreciation, and small business management.

Peace and Order. – The PNP shall establish a Tourism Security Force to assist in maintaining peace and order within areas of high tourism traffic. A tourist police assistance desk office shall likewise be established in such areas. The DOT shall coordinate with the DILG in training the members of the Force in cultural sensitivity, languages and relevant laws.

Funding Grassroots Tourism Enterprises. – Insofar as allowed by applicable laws and their respective charters, government-owned and controlled banks and financial institutions shall provide microfinance schemes for the assistance and development of small- and medium-scale enterprises in the tourism industry.

Tourism Congress. – Within 30 days from the publication of the implementing rules, a Tourism Congress shall be convened. It is composed of representatives of all accredited tourism enterprises and former government officials involved in the tourism industry to serve as the private sector consultative body to assist the government in the development, implementation and coordination of Philippine tourism policy. The Tourism Congress shall adopt its constitution and elect its officers. It shall also nominate such representatives as required under this law. It shall endeavor to meet annually to carry out its mandate.

Back to:
+ Main Primer: Tourism Act of 2009 (RA 9593)
+ The Department of Tourism (DOT)
+ Shared Responsibilities of National and Local Governments
+ Tourism Promotions Board (TBP) and the Tourism Promotions Fund
+ Tourism Enterprise Zones (TEZ)
+ Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA)
+ Incentives
+ Full text of R.A. 9593

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