Manila, PHI - Taking over the functions of the now-defunct Philippine Tourism Authority as Department of Tourism (DOT)'s infrastructure arm for tourism development, with the legal policy and frameworks firmly in place, the newly-transformed agency, the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) continues to pursue its avowed mandate of providing the country with the needed infrastructure underpinnings to aptly respond to the market demands and challenges in this dynamic era of technology and globalization.
Embracing a culture of excellence and nourishing the best qualities of its workforce, enables the agency to focus primarily on the national policies geared towards growth sustainability to contribute to the national thrust in crafting the tourism industry as an engine of socio-economic growth. These can be thrived in collaboration with the private sector, other government agencies, and the local government units.
Moving to the forefront of the efforts to fully develop the country's tourism industry, TIEZA is in the process of expanding its management information system to effectively and efficiently designate, regulate, and supervise the Tourism Enterprise Zones (TEZs), particularly of cultural, historical, and environmental sustainable significance.
Maximizing the efforts of developing the country's tourism industry, TIEZA operates and manages several entities. These are the Balicasag Island Dive Resort in Bohol, a 'Class A' resort that offers SCUBA diving and snorkeling; Banaue Hotel and Youth Hostel, situated 4,000 feet above sea level overlooking the magnificent Banaue Rice Terraces with 90 fully-carpeted rooms; Club Intramuros Golf Course, a historic 18-hole par 66 course enthralled within the 'city of walls and the only golf course that offers night golfing; Gardens of Malasag Eon-Tourism Village, a botanical garden and resort located in Cugman, Cagayan de Oro; Hilaga Northern Philippines (formerly Paskuhan Village), a tourism, cultural, historical, trade, and entertainment consolidation of the !locos Region, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon Regions, and the Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR),
Intramuros Lights and Sounds Museum, a retrospect of chunky bits of history between dramatic narration of significant phases in the Filipino life and an animated document of our cultural and historical era located in the 'city of walls'.; and the Zamboanga Golf Course and Beach Park, a par-72, course rating of 70 with a yardage of 6,404 course and one of the oldest golf course in the country, situated at the seaward fringes of the golf course is the beach park that occupies a stretch of about one kilometer and is dotted with picnic sheds/tables and food stalls.
As in the past, the challenges are daunting as they are exciting with issues such as competitiveness, environmental protection, and sustainability, have to be addressed, TIEZA will play a fundamental role towards spurring the country's growth providing job opportunities taking into account the preservation of inherent tourism bounties, ensuring long-term sustainability of the industry.
Updated : 06-08-2011 21:05:26
Source : http://www.tieza.com.ph/pages.php?pages=news&newsid=61