ATI Joins 1st Farm Tourism Conference

Farm Camp delegates visit Agri-Tourism Model Farms (Photo: Boyet Gabion)

SBMA, Subic, Zambales - "Agri-tourism is the most sustainable form of tourism," said Dr. Mina T. Gabor, President of the International School of Sustainable Tourism (ISST) during the First Farm Camp/ Farm Tourism Conference held in this city last May 22 to 25, 2013.

Aimed at transforming farmlands to become tourism destinations, private farm tourism players and government agencies like the Agricultural Training Institute (ATI), Department of Tourism, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) collaborate to pursue this program
 
During the conference, farm tourism enthusiasts and other delegates were equipped with the knowledge on how they would enhance their farms into travel and tourism destinations that will surely generate livelihood opportunities and sustainability. This was made through the sharing of success stories of respectable practitioners who made big names in the agri-tourism industry here and abroad; Kota Kinabalu Tea Farm Model, Taiwan Bamboo Village, Nature Farms by Dr. Albert Jo, Costales Nature Farms, Penalosa Farms, REFMAD Farms, Kahariam Farms, among others.
 
The conference also featured proposed guidelines for farm tourism accreditation, merchandise development and branding and visits to farm tourism models in the area. It was attended by farmers, government personnel, tourism planners and agri-tourism enthusiasts. (with reports from Sherrie Dreje, ATI - Extension Programs and Partnership Division)