Sustainable agri-tourism gets the spotlight in DoT trade show

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The Department of Tourism (DoT) will be promoting sustainable agri-tourism in its food and travel exposition, Philippine Harvest, which will be launched on Friday, Aug. 24.

Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat in a statement on Wednesday, Aug. 22, said that this year’s Philippine Harvest is in line with the department’s thrust to promote both local food and tourist destinations, which are seen to add extra income to the agriculture sector.

“We hope to develop sustainable farm tourism as a dependable source of income for Filipinos in line with the implementation of the Farm Tourism Development Act of 2016, which serves as one of our strategies for countryside development,” she added.

The Philippine Harvest will feature DOT-accredited farm sites, travel agencies, and some 30 local food exhibitors.

In partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines, the three-day event will also provide a venue for lectures on sustainable tourism and dining.

The first Philippine Harvest in 2016 highlighted organic and indigenous produce. — Anna Gabriela A. Mogato