Mati City Mayor Michelle Nakpil Rabat is eyeing to develop not just the beaches and resorts in the city but also parks, food, agriculture, and culture and arts. This was the revelation made by Mayor Michelle in Monday’s inaugural meeting of the revitalized Mati Tourism Council under her administration.
In her message to the new members of the Tourism Council, Mayor Michelle said that though Mati City is known for its picturesque Dahican Beach, other sectors of the tourism industry must also be developed.
Mayor Michelle cited forest parks development, the culture and arts, food tourism, and farm tourism as among the tourism sectors that needs improvement and support from the city government.
This early, tourism officials identified the Mayo Cacao farm, Goat Farm, Menzi plantation, and coconut plantations as possible farm tourism destination of the city.
In the open forum among tourism industry players, several concerns were raised ranging from standardizing resorts and hotels to peace and order to tricycle drivers’ aesthetics.
The hotel and resort owners’ association appealed for the creation of a tourism website for Mati City that will host all of the different tourism-related social media pages and websites in the city for a centralized flow of all information for the tourists in both local, national and international arena.
The City Information Office meanwhile informed the tourism industry stakeholders that they will soon be coming up with such a website and that they are now coordinating with the Department of Information and Communications Technology for the reactivation of the official website http://www.mati.gov.ph. The official government domain for Mati City was deactivated by the past administration who instead used a private website http://www.maticity.ph which has now expired.
The resort and hotel association also asked for the standardization of all resorts and hotels and the creation of an accrediting body that would oversee the hotel and resort industry in the city. It was learned that Mati City has only 520 rooms at the moment that could cater to only around 2,000 guests at a given time.
Iñakie Sievert of the recreation and outdoor sector said that before the Tourism Council revitalization under Mayor Michelle’s administration, the tourism players are on their own when it comes to tourism promotion.
With the revitalization of the Tourism Council, he said, they are hopeful that all of their concerns would soon be addressed by the City Government thru the Council.
Aside from the reopening of the Mati airport for commercial flights, among the tourism developments in Mati is the 9-hole golf course and the driving range located near the airport that would be completed by next year.
In attendance during the inaugural meeting were Mayor Michelle, Vice Mayor Glenda Rabat-Gayta, Tourism Council chair Stefan Mikhail Rabat, Councilor Eric Rabat, Tourism Officer Dahiel Indelible Jr., Shiela Edullantes, Councilor Samuel Rodriguez of the Liga ng mga Barangay, Felicito Masagnay, Charlemagne Bagasol of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, Ben Jason Tesiorna of the City Information Office, Rowena Catbagan, Resurreccion Maypa-Boyles, Noel Alegonza, Angie David, Maria Chieng, Daruel Porlares, Iñaki Sievert, among others.
The Council vows to conduct more meeting anytime soon to address the various concerns of the tourism stakeholders and map out plan on how to improve the tourism industry in the City of Mati. (CIO MATI)