A gathering of powerhouses in both the sports and tourism industry is poised to aggressively promote sports in the Phillipines as a tourism magnet and viable source of revenue. A consortium of government agencies led by the Department of Tourism (DOT), Province of Ilocos Norte and Selrahco Management Services is spearheading the first ever National Sports Tourism Conference on October 2 and 3.
Sports tourism is highly regarded as an effective initiative to attract tourists and foreign investors to the Philippines. By now, a number of sports attractions are creating waves in the country, notably water sports (surfing, wakeboarding, and scuba diving), mountaineering, and spelunking.
It has become one of the primary plans within the mandate of the DOT, which is to encourage and promote sports not only as a national pastime and part of a healthy lifestyle but as a tourism destination as well.
Special focus will be on various sports that are deemed tourism magnets. This includes scuba diving, sailing, boating, golf and motorsports.