Farm Tourism has been building momentum in the Philippines especially in Bohol for the last few years, and all the effort of local enterprises is finally being recognized as the country is now one of the top destinations for agritourism in the world.
“During the Global Farm Tourism Summit, co-hosted by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study & Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), Rose H. Libongco of the Hotel Sales and Marketing Association International stated that the Philippines is among the top farm tourism locations in the world given the country’s rich natural resources, biodiversity, rich farming heritage, and natural hospitality.”
Philippines’ consideration as the rising player in agritourism was due to the abundance of raw and organic farms, nature-friendly farms, and health and wellness farms. We join the likes of other top locations such as Taiwan, Hawaii, Tuscany, Grenada, Mallorca, and Brazil.
DOT and LOCAL GOVERNMENT of BOHOL’s EFFORTS IN FARM TOURISM FORMATIONS
“Formerly the undersecretary of the Department of Agriculture, the now Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat has supported boosting Agritourism since taking office. According to Puyat, “Farm tourism sites can only help agriculture,” as well as farmers and their communities.
Aside from additional income, agritourism can bring more sustainable and inclusive development to the countryside, as per DOT Assistant Secretary Roberto Alabado III.
According to DOT, there are currently 105 accredited farm tourism sites in the country.
The Bohol Tourism Office, together with DOT, has already provided several technical assistance and is continuing to do so as we persist in reaching the goal of producing more accredited quality farm sites in Bohol.