Message from the Chairman
Tourism is an essential vehicle for national development. Many countries rely on this industry to sustain economic growth. The Philippines, with its excellent resources—natural, human, and cultural—definitely has a lot of potentials to become a premier tourist destination.
I have thought of organizing this AIM Dr. Andrew L. Tan Center for Tourism primarily to support various organizations through research, educational programs, conferences, lifelong learning processes and other scholarly activities to expand the knowledge base available to all stakeholders. This Center is expected to become a catalyst that will spur the continued development of tourism enterprises not just in the Philippines but also in the greater Asian region.
As we recognize the complexity of challenges of tourism, it is clear that the government can not do it alone. Every organization—government, business, NGOs, scholars, and the community must collectively address the economic, social, and environmental challenges in the area. Each of us has a piece of the jigsaw and only when all the parties work together, is the puzzle complete, and all parties maximize their individual goals, locally and nationally.
And so therefore, I welcome you all to our Center, and let this be an important step toward a better and more sustainable society.
Thank you and Mabuhay!
Sec. Jesli A. Lapus, CPA, MBA, DBM
Chairman, AIM Dr. Andrew L. Tan Center for Tourism
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