Greetings to all Filipino Tourism and Hospitality Students, Professionals and Stakeholders.
I am honored and thankful to be elected as Chairman of the Tourism Board (Tourism Industry Board Foundation Inc.).
Taking the Chairman's seat during this crucial time of recovery for one of the most badly hit industries in the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic is no easy task. However, I am greatly blessed to have a dynamic and passionate team of industry experts, company captains, tourism government officials and renowned hospitality academe heads to help me take on this challenge.
On behalf of the organization, we are proud to say that we are determined to bring back the glory days of Philippine Tourism prior to the pandemic and reach new heights in tourism growth and development.
We are resolved to bring back business and investment confidence to our tarnished industry and rekindle the interest of our lost tourism workers to return as we will strive to provide job security for the years ahead.
Our organization determined that we would also need new and young aspiring tourism and hospitality professionals from our schools and universities to contribute to and partake in tourism development. I strongly believe that the youth representation in all tourism sectors is integral to continue the legacy we have set forth.
We aim to update and lift up our national standards for Tourism to cope with the demands of our future guests, to be at par with global standards that will really show that the Philippines is a Tourism leader in the world.
Closely working with the Department of Tourism, TESDA and UPAIT, we seek to increase our organization representation by encouraging more sectors to be part of the membership and have a voice to be heard as they will be always welcome.
Here are some of the projects we will be launching for 2022 - 2025.
- T.H.E. Academy - Philippine Tourism Human Capital Development Program
- Foreign Grants from International tourism stakeholders
- Building our database with new and dormant members
- High-level training sessions led by top industry speakers
- Philippine Tourism, Travel and Hospitality Summit
- Nationwide face-to-face Job Fair for students
- Annual Charity Gala Dinner
- Tourism and Travel Webinars
- Fund-raising monthly activities
- Launching of the Tourism Board Privilege Card
With all of these said, the Tourism Board (Tourism Industry Board Foundation Inc.) pledges to all Filipinos that this organization will be a pillar of tourism development, hospitality education and business representation.
Mabuhay Tourism Board and God bless Philippine Tourism.
Robert John Horrigan