Singapore schools helping boost Philippine tourism

By (Rene H. Martel) 



At least two schools in Singapore have partnered with the Philippines’ Cebu province and the Department of Tourism (DOT) for a 36-month “Tourism and Hospitality Capability Development Program.”

Temasik Polytechnic (TP) and Republic Polytechnic (RP) will provide instructors for a training program involving the sharing of best practices and strategies to stakeholders and partners in Cebu’s tourism and hospitality sector.

RP is “the first educational institution in Singapore to leverage problem-based learning approach for all its diploma programmes,” while TP is one of the leading higher learning institutions in Singapore that “infused global realities into its programmes and develop a mindset on campus that embraces socio-cultural diversity.”

The program comes at a time when the DOT projected that between 2015 and 2022 “Cebu will experience the highest growth with tourist terminal capacity and international tourist traffic projected to increase from 4.5 million to 15 million (3 times) and 1.7million to 8.80 million (5 times) respectively.”

With the program, “Singapore’s tourism experiences in M.I.C.E. (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions, and Exhibitions), Cultural and Heritage, and Eco-tourism can be a source for mutual sharing on best practices and emerging trends.”

Made for 120 participants, the program has three phases divided into seven workshops. Workshop 1 under Phase 1 took place last September 25-29 at the University of San Carlos. Workshop participants included representatives from the local government units, hotels, museums, travel and tour service providers, and the academe.

The instructors, who came all the way from Singapore, discussed their country’s “Best Practices in Tourism Development.”

“I think it is a very fruitful workshop. We are getting inputs from a leading global tourism industry. These (speakers) are the same people who worked with the Singapore Tourism Board. We all know Singapore is one of the best in the world. We are learning a lot and I cannot wait to apply what we are learning here,” said Casa Gorordo Musuem curator Florencio Moreño, in an interview before Workshop 1 ended. Full Story Here


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