The first Tourism Coordinating Council (TCC) met for the first time under the new government last 23 February 2017 at the Garden Ballroom of EDSA Shangri-La Manila. This is the 6th convening of the TCC from the time it was created under RA 9593 or commonly known as the Tourism Act of 2009.
Secretary Wanda Teo reconvened the TCC which is composed of officials of at least nine government agencies tasked to ensure the smooth implementation of the government’s tourism program. The council is headed and chaired by the Secretary of Tourism.
Major output of this meeting is the adoption of the draft of the new National Tourism Development Plan 2016-2025 (NTDP 2016-2025) to be submitted to Malacañang for final approval.
The new NTDP 2016-2015 is setting the policy direction of the tourism industry under:
- Sustainable policy
- Economic policy
- Social policy
- Peace policy
The Department of Tourism (DOT) is set to revive the Tourism Coordinating Council (TCC) to address urgent issues in the Philippine tourism industry.
Tourism Secretary Wanda Corazon T. Teo said the TCC will be composed of and headed by herself. The TCC will be, especially with an increased concern for tourism security and insufficient infrastructure, among other concerns.
“We cannot sweep these issues under the rug. It is the mandate of the Tourism Coordinating Council to resolve such issues,” Teo said.
Teo, a longtime industry player herself, acknowledged that the TCC has not convened for one-and-a-half years despite concerns, such as kidnapping of foreigners, poor access roads and lack of direct flights to tourist destinations.