LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – -With transport considered a key element in the tourism industry, the advent of organized tourism transport group may make travelling more reliable and convenient in the province.
A tourism transport group called Benguet Tourism Transport Organization, Inc. (BTTO) was recently established with members composed of operators, drivers, and other interested individuals aimed to promote tourism in the province and other Cordilleran tourism destinations. It started.
Accredited by the Department of Tourism as tourism transport organization, it started operation this month, the BTTO Chair of the Board of Trustees Atty. Juan M. Nazarro, Jr. said.
A basic requirement for accreditation is brand new vehicle such as van to be used for a period of five years only, according to Nazarro. They also secure franchise.
Provincial Tourism Operations Officer Clarita Prudencio said BTTO frontliners such as drivers and operators must undergo training in cooperation with the DOT-CAR to equip them with relevant information and background on tourist sites and places of interests as well as on proper grooming and courtesy.
Activities and development of the organization will be regularly monitored according to Prudencio. The provincial government will also extend assistance through trainings and promotions, she added.
With the establishment of the first organized transport group in the province, Nazarro hopes other transport groups will follow suit and legalize their service for the safety and convenience of tourists. /JDP/SCA-PIA CAR, Benguet