TAGAYTAY, CAVITE- The host-country, Philippines, shall be launching the first-ever Global Farm Tourism (GFT) Summit to promote sustainable fusion of farming and tourism world-wide, this coming July 17 to 19 at Summit Ridge Hotel.
The Department of Tourism (DOT), together with the International School of Sustainable Tourism (ISST), and Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (SEARCA), have co-organized and themed the 2018’s GFT with “Managing Climate Risks through Sustainable Farm Tourism”, aiming to advance smart response to climate change.
DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat is expected to maximize the three-day conference to further reiterate the directions of Republic Act 10816 or the Farm Tourism Development Act of 2016.
Aside from this, the following 6 plenary topics are also expected to be discussed:
• Sustainable Practices and Opportunities in Farm Tourism
• Climate Smart Farm Tourism
• Don’t Panic, Simply Organic
• I Came. I Saw. I Stayed. Unique Farm Stay Experience
• Empowering Local Government Units for Farm Tourism
• Farm Tourism Country Models
These topics are said to be highlighting farming-tourism fusion, climate-resilient farming, women empowerment in farm tourism and millennial farming.
In fact, GFT Summit 2018 aims to sustainably prompt the unique disposition of some millennials who incorporate technology with farming, “A lot of the millennials are actually running the farm tourism now. They’re marrying the technology and all the knowledge in Internet and digital marketing to push their farms, it’s exciting”, ISST President Dr. Mina Gabor said.
Other than the local participants composed of local government units, farm owners and farmers, international delegates have also confirmed their presence, including those from Vietnam, Thailand, and New Zealand.
Meanwhile, SEARCA projects GFT Summit’s impact to be a part of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal, as its local and international success stories will heighten the awareness and improve the farm tourism practices worldwide.
“Farm tourism opens up possibilities for diversification of income for small-scale farmers while promoting good farming practices, sustainable agriculture systems, and community involvement,” SEARCA Director Dr. Gil C. Saguiguit, Jr. added.