The Department of Tourism (DOT), together with the Department of Agriculture (DA), National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), and the Philippine Culinary Heritage Movement (PCHM) seek to infuse food tourism in the country’s annual celebration of Filipino food every April and support food tourism stakeholders such as farmers and agri-communities.
“As we look forward to every annual celebration of Filipino Food Month, we would like to use this as a platform to promote travel for a taste of a place in order to get a sense of a place,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said.
The technical working group to be formed shall conduct quarterly meetings to ensure the smooth implementation of the activities and responsibilities provided under the MOU.
“Our own internal studies in the DOT have revealed that prior to the pandemic in 2019, inbound tourists spent 22.4 percent of their total expenditures on food and beverage items. For domestic tourists, 8 percent was devoted to F&B expenses and a big chunk of shopping expenses were also spent on foodie treats,” she said.
Puyat said the DOT had been harnessing the potentials of food tourism by formulating regional tourism circuits with food and farm experiences as the centerpiece of itineraries. (PNA)