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UN Environment Programme - Transforming Tourism in Action: Tackling Plastic Pollution (April 27, 2021 3PM-4PM Manila Time)

We are pleased to invite you to the first Transforming Tourism in action: Tackling plastic pollution webinar (held in English) for Europe, Asia Pacific and Africa organized by UNEP. This session will be happening on Tuesday, April 27 2021, at 9:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m. CEST (3:00-4:00 pm Philippine Time).


Among the many adverse consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic is the sudden surge in the volume of plastic waste. According to the Asian Development Bank, percentage increase of medical waste in South-East Asian national metropolitan cities (Manila, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Ha Noi) will likely jump by several hundred percent. Due to incorrect disposal and waste management, plastic products such as gloves, masks and hand sanitizer bottles have already been found in the natural environments of major tourism destinations. The higher demand for disposable plastic items, which in many cases are unrecyclable, could mean more plastic waste ending up as pollution and thereby undermining the natural environment upon which much tourism activity depends as an invaluable shared asset. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it more complex to use plastics sustainably in many destinations and tourism businesses.  The pandemic has also shed light on the vulnerability of global value chains and on the relevance of circular business models in the use of plastics. Circular principles for single-use products provide credible, alternative solutions. Restarting tourism responsibly requires that future operations be guided by a science-based approach in order to support governments, business, and local communities to understand the trade-offs of decision-making processes that aim to align hygiene and health protocols with sustainability criteria.

Since 2019, tackling plastic pollution had already been defined of the priorities reflected in the Roadmap for Low Carbon and Resource Efficient Tourism in the Philippines. The webinar will provide an overview on the evolving environment, both from the public and private sector perspective, that will require and enable tourism business actions to take ambitious actions to tackle plastic pollution.

23 March 2021

For: Members of the Mice Roadmap Technical Working Group (TWG)
Subject: Updating of the MICE Roadmap 2030
Note: See Distribution List

We are pleased to inform the members of the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, and Exhibitions (MICE) Roadmap Technical Working Group (TWG) that the Department of Tourism has successfully engaged the services of Joint – Process Planning And Business Systems, Inc. (JPPBS) as the consultant for the updating of the MICE Roadmap.

As agreed by the TWG, the consultant shall partake the following scope of work:

  1. Conduct rapid assessments and consultations with focal persons who have thorough knowledge in MICE and relevant institutions necessary for data and information;
  2. Assess the feasibility and relevance of the roadmap targets and recommend amendments if necessary;
  3. Review existing MICE statistical sources and recommend a strategy to strengthen MICE data collection;
  4. Create an inventory of MICE players in the Philippines and assess the impact of COVID-19 in their operations and businesses;
  5. Study the strategies undertaken by neighboring countries in the Asia and the Pacific for COVID-19 response and recovery;
  6. Recommend strategies for the recovery and development of the Philippine MICE Industry;
  7. Identify strategies to further develop MICE tourism as a product;
  8. Prepare and present the revised roadmap to the MICE Roadmap Technical Working Group (TWG) for review;
  9. Revise the draft based on the comments and recommendations of the MICE Roadmap TWG and submit the final version to the TWG and the MICE Roadmap Inter-agency Coordinating Group (IACG) Heads, for approval;
  10. Present the revised MICE Roadmap to the Trade and Industry Development (TID) Updates.

23 March 2021

Tourism Industry Board Foundation, Inc. (TIBFI)
Planning and Development Office
Lyceum of the Philippines University
Intramuros, Manila, PH

Dear Ms. Aquino:

In accordance with the National Employment Recovery Strategy 2021-2022, the Department of Tourism, as member of the NERS Task Force, will be conducting the Tourism Sectoral Consultation in preparation for the conduct of the National Job Summit 2021 in accordance with the NERS 8-point agenda.

The Tourism Sectoral Consultation aims to gather sectoral perspectives on how industries are dealing with the pandemic, what their preparations are as the government re-opens the economy, and what the government can do to support them. Also, the sectoral consultation endeavors to gather commitments from industries to create employment opportunities to help the economic recovery efforts of the Government.

To ensure a whole-of-society approach, the DOT will be inviting representatives from the DOT regional offices, national tourism associations, regional tourism associations and tourism stakeholders from the following sectors: accommodation, travel and tours, tourist transport, MICE, and other tourism related establishments. The results of the Sectoral Consultation will then be presented during the Pre-Summit for Employers on 16 April 2021 and on the National Job Summit at the Malacañang Palace on 01 May 2021.

In view of the foregoing, we would like to invite you, the Board Members and/or Officers to attend the upcoming TOURISM SECTORAL CONSULTATION scheduled on 8 April 2021.

Please register using this link.

Should you have any clarification, you may coordinate with Ms. Drew Bautista from the office of undersigned at email

Thank you.

Very truly yours,


Assistant Secretary
Human Capital and Industry Manpower Development

Cc: Undersecretary Roberto P. Alabado III, TRCRG



March 25, 2021


Dear Ms. Aquino,

Our warmest greetings! We are happy to inform you that UP AIT is now accepting applications for the Graduate Diploma in Tourism Development and Management, which leads to a Master of Science degree. This will be for the 1st Semester intake, scheduled to start in September 2021. Attached is our program poster which contains information on the requirements and application instructions. Further details are also posted in our website:

As an esteemed partner of AIT, we hope you can help us in spreading the word among the members and partners of TIBFI. Should there be queries, please feel free to contact us through this email or get in touch with: Prof. Carmela Ibanez, Graduate Program Coordinator at

Thank you very much and we look forward to your favorable action.

Best regards,

Asst. Prof. Victoria Villegas-Bacay
Chief Information Officer
Asian Institute of Tourism



March 18, 2021

University of the Philippines – Asian Institute of Tourism
Commonwealth Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City

Dear Ms. Aquino:

We would like to thank TIBFI for its active involvement and invaluable inputs in the development of the Tour Guides Accreditation Standards and Guidelines for the Professional Tour Guides Qualification Examination which were approved by Secretary Bernadette Romulo - Puyat last 12 March 2021.

In view of the approval of these guidelines, the Office of Tourism Standards and Regulation Standards Development Division is pleased to furnish TIBFI the following:

Kindly share these guidelines to the members of your association for their information and reference.

Thank you.

Very truly yours,


Office of Tourism Standards and Regulation

Enc: a/s
cc: Asst. Secretary Christopher V. Morales



DOT-NCR Leadership Excellence Series 2021: A 360° Virtual Learning Experience - Crisis Management (Postponed)



The much awaited finale of the Department of Tourism – National Capital Region's groundbreaking online learning event “Leadership Excellence Series (LES) 2021: A 360° Virtual Learning Experience” has been postponed to a later date with the same time slot of 2:00 to 4:00 PM.

Aimed to retool, reskill and reboot tourism stakeholders and workforce in the new norm, this is open to the public and free-of-charge, with priority for tourism industry enterprises, players and frontliners.

Rest assured, we will update you soon on the new date for the third iteration of the Leadership Excellence Series 2021.

If you have not signed up yet, you can still register through this link: Previously registered participants need not sign up again.

Thank you,

Department of Tourism-National Capital Region


Do you want to join the ASEAN Plus Three on Tourism Training and Education Network (APPTEN)? This is an opportunity to network and collaborate for Philippine TVIs and HEIs learning institutions with others in ASEAN Plus Three (APT).

Register using the following link:

Deadline is on March 30, 2021

Letter from the Office of Industry Manpower Development, Department of Tourism:

March 15, 2021

Tourism Industry Board Foundation Inc.
c/o UP Asian Institute of Tourism
Quezon City

Dear Ms. Aquino:


This refers to the Initiative In the ASEAN Plus Three to "Continue to Establish APPTEN and to Conduct Workshops/Dialogues for Exchange In Tourism Training Education."

The ASEAN Plus Three Tourism Training and Education Network (APPTEN) will serve as reference to establish a network to support the development of quality human resource in the ASEAN Plus Three.

In this regard, may we seek the TIBFl's assistance in accomplishing the attached APPTEN Directory template? We are confident that with the TIBFl's network of tourism education and training institutions. the Philippines will be able to contribute in the establishment and activation of the APPTEN.

We would appreciate receiving the accomplished template on or before March 30. 2021.

For clarification or other details, please contact Arlene A. Alipio of the Manpower Planning and Monitoring Division at arlene.alipio@gmail.oom.

Thank you for always supporting the DOT's programs on tourism human capital development.

Very truly yours,


Office of Industry Manpower Development

Note: See attached as stated here.

DOT-NCR Leadership Excellence Series (LES) 2021: A 360° Virtual Learning Experience - Crisis Management (03/17/2021)


You are cordially e-invited to the Department of Tourism – National Capital Region's (DOT-NCR) Leadership Excellence Series (LES) 2021: A 360° Virtual Learning Experience in its finale presentation this March 17, Wednesday, from 2:00 to 4:00 PM.

Featuring BIG IDEAS. INTELLIGENT DISCOURSE. INSPIRING TALKS, the LES 2021 is aimed at equipping and educating tourism stakeholders in the new norm. This is an open to the public, free-of-charge event, with priority for tourism industry enterprises, players and frontliners.

Simulcast LIVE via Zoom and across DOT-NCR’s digital channels @TourismMNL of Facebook and Twitter, the LES 2021 vows to raise the bar for online learning as it integrates live and full production of the world-renowned TED Talk format.

Click here to sign up!



STRWe are excited to announce a special program focused on Big Data and Analytics specifically for the Philippines. We would like to invite all instructors from hospitality and tourism programs to participate in three upcoming events.

The first event will be a free certification train-the-trainer workshop to prepare instructors to offer the Certification in Hotel Industry Analytics (CHIA) or Hotel Industry Foundations and Introduction to Analytics (HIFIA) certification training to the students at their schools. The first session is April 7th, so you’ll want to register very soon.

The second event will be a free train-the-trainer workshop on How to Conduct a Market Study. This workshop will provide instruction on how to teach your students to do market analysis and prepare a polished presentation. This workshop will be conducted in May.

The third event, taking place later in the year, will be a Student Market Study Competition hosted by LPU. The competition will begin in August and will conclude with student teams presenting their market study online to a panel of industry professionals in November.

Please see the attached announcement for additional details, dates and registration information. We would like to thank LPU, COHREP, AAHRMEI and TIBFI for their generous support and assistance in so many ways.

We look forward to your involvement and wish you all the best.

Duane Vinson
Vice President STR
Assistant Director of the STR SHARE Center





Click here for a PDF copy of the announcement.

Full Details:

Sustainable Innovative Knowledge Application for Tourism (SIKAT) is a one-year training program sponsored by the Commission on Higher Education(CHED) and will be delivered by the University of Alicante, Spain in coordination and partnership with the Lyceum of the Philippines University Batangas.

The SIKAT project is focused on improving and updating the curriculum needs of the Tourism sector, and on topics that have emerged regarding the new challenges for local universities in a post-confinement scenario.

Who should apply?

  • Open to Academic Staff/ Faculty Members who are experts in Tourism Education or teaching Tourism subjects in their respective institution.


  1. Fully Accomplished application form (refer to the link below)
  2. Letter of Recommendation signed by the head of University
  3. Updated Curriculum Vitae
  4. Recent 2x2 photo with white background (soft copy)
  5. A 2-minute video answering the following:
    1. How can the training help you and your institution?
    2. How can this revitalize the tourism sector?

Note: The video should be in landscape orientation, preferably in mp4 format or any format that is playable in all video players. Please upload the video in Google Drive and indicate the link in the registration.

To apply, please accomplish the forms on the following links:


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