City gets Clean Tourist Award

MAYOR Sara Duterte will be receiving on behalf of the city an award for the 1st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Clean Tourist City Award in Thailand.

 Department of Tourism Alma Rita Jimenez, undersecretary for tourism regulations, coordination, and resource generation, told Mayor Duterte in a letter dated Nov. 24, 2017 that the city has qualified for the award.

 “The award will be given during the ASEAN Tourism Forum at Shangri-La Hotel, Chiang Mai, Thailand on January 26, 2018,” Jimenez said.

 “With this award, we hope to hear more stories of Davao City’s success in the improvement and maintenance of its tourist attractions and contribution to sustainable development,” Jimenez said.

According to the ASEAN website www.asean.org, the ASEAN Tourism standard “focuses on tourist cities where there is flow of visitors and where cultural, natural and/or man-made attractions exist.”

 The indicators evaluated in the ACTCS are based on environmental management, cleanliness, waste management, awareness-building about environmental protection and cleanliness, green spaces, health safety and urban safety and security, and tourism infrastructure and facilities.

The purpose of the ASEAN Clean Tourist City Standard (ACTCS) is to provide ASEAN member countries with a tool that will improve the quality of tourism in their cities, increase their marketing competitiveness but also improve the situation of local residents and their livelihood by alleviating poverty, the website said.

It is also designed to protect the environment thus responding to the impacts of climate change and contributing to the sustainable development of ASEAN cities. It is vital to note that the ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan 2011-2015 (ATSP) has indicated the enhancement of the ability of ASEAN tourism to address the climate change issue as one of the priority actions in order to accomplish its strategic directions aimed at increasing the quality of services and facilities in the region, it said.

Accommodations and travel expenses for the Thailand trip will be shouldered by the city government, Jimenez said.

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