TAGBILARAN CITY.Tourism prospects in the province are getting brighter with the turnover of Bohol?s Tourism Human Resource Development Plan
(BTHRDP) last night. The said plan outlines the human resources issues and offers some solutions to the tourism sector. It is viewed in exhorting all those who play major roles in the industry to get involved in seeking and implementing solutions that will work the customers, employees and management as well. Bohol Gov. Edgar Chatto, together with tourism sevice sector, such as tour guides association, travel and tours group, received the plan as a guide in improving the lot of the human resources segment in tourism industry. Dr. Chito Salazar of the Philippine Business for Education, Ms. Narzalina Lim of the Asia Pacific Projects, Inc. and the representatives of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) that funded the project did the turnover at the governor?s mansion Nov. 18, 2014.
Salazar said in his short message that the plan?s ultimate objective is to create more jobs so more people in the industry will have jobs. For his part, Chatto said that the plan will be part of the rehabilitation of Bohol following the slowdown of tourist arrivals here as a result of the
magnitude 7.2 earthquake that put Bohol in shambles. He said that the plan is a good guide to everybody and indicates success of Bohol in terms of the right jobs for the needed workforce though this might be a tall order.
Bellevue hotel manager Rommel Gonzales, incumbent president of the Bohol
Association of Hotels, Resorts and Rstaurants (BAHRR) said his piece that
he?s happy that all his suggestions during the making of the plan were
considered and included. Based on Lim’s presentation of the plan, tourism contribution to Bohol’s
economy is worth PhP3.43 billion as direct expenditure in 2013 and
value-added income of between PhP3.38 billion and PhP5.13 billion. It
created a total of 39,629 jobs with 8,615 people ?were directly employed in
tourism. The study identified tourism markets here. These are the overnight
visitor, day visitor who undertake a day extension mainly from Cebu, and
cruise market who drop by Bohol ship calls. Two cruise ships dropped
anchor in this city on January and March this year bringing more than 500