Go Negosyo sets 2023 Tourism Summit in Cebu

April 22, 2023 People's Journal 253 views

THE Tourism Summit 2023 this May 6 is expected to become one of the highlights of the tourism industry this year as the Queen City of the South hosts the event after three years of restricted travel caused by the pandemic.

The Tourism Summit 2023 is organized by Go Negosyo, in partnership with the Department of Tourism (DOT), and will take place at the SM Seaside City in Cebu City.

“This will be only the second time we will hold the Tourism Summit after the pandemic hit. Naturally, everyone is excited because it promises to be a big gathering, with a packed schedule and the top players in the industry coming together for the event,” said Go Negosyo founder Joey Concepcion.

The summit will have industry experts, policymakers, entrepreneurs, social media influencers, and other stakeholders gathering for one day to discuss the future of Philippine tourism and its economic opportunities, particularly for MSMEs in the industry.

The event kicks off with special messages from Cebu City Governor Gwen Garcia, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama, followed by a special message from Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco.

The Tourism Summit will also feature experts from the region, who will give their insights on how the Philippines can compete on tourism with its neighbors in Southeast Asia.

The summit will hold panel discussions with key government officials and industry leaders including ASEANTA president Eddy Soemawilaga, Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong, PCCI Director for Tourism Samie Lim, AirAsia CEO Ricky Isla, Cebu Pacific president Alexander Lao, Henann president Alfonso Chusuey, internationally renowned designer Kenneth Cobonpue, and Philippine Hotel Owners Association Executive Director Benito Bengzon.

One of the highlights of the Tourism Summit 2023 will be the “Inspiring Tourism Entrepreneurs Awards” with 15 enterprises operating in the tourism industry and 10 travel vloggers/influencers will be recognized for their outstanding contributions to promoting a lively Philippine tourism industry.

The summit will also feature a roundtable discussion on “The Power of Storytelling” from travel content creators such as Bogart the Explorer, Kyle “Kulas” Jennermann, Anton Diaz, and Carl Chuidian.

Attendees can also take part in free entrepreneurship mentoring sessions for active and aspiring small entrepreneurs from Cebu and its neighboring provinces.

The Tourism Summit 2023 is co-presented with the DOT and the Tourism Promotions Board with venue partner SM Seaside City, and support of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry.