The Tourism Congress of the Philippines (TCP) recently convened and elected its new Board of Trustees for the period 2023-2025. Tourism industry veteran and Manila Standard travel columnist Bob Zozobrado is the President; James Montenegro of Chroma Hospitality, Executive Vice-President; Cindy Marie Virar of Marcian Garden Hotel Corp., Secretary; Margarita Munsayac of Maribago Bluewater Beach Resort, Treasurer; Harry Morris of Hijo Resources Corp., PRO.
TCP was created by the Tourism Act of 2009 under Republic Act 9593 to serve as the private sector consultative body to assist the government in the development, implementation, and coordination of Philippine Tourism policy. Its hundreds of members come from all sectors of the Tourism Industry all over the country.
To live up to its mandate of being the true representative of the country’s tourism stakeholders, the new TCP Board filled up the various positions representing the industry’s various sectors and regions.
Rolando Cañizal of Rajah Travel Corp. is the Vice-President for Luzon; Peter Tay of Boracay Adventures, Inc. is the Vice-President for Visayas; and Marilou Ampuan of Bloomers Travel and Tours is the Vice-President for Mindanao.
The appointed sectoral representatives for Luzon are Sylvia Elvira Domingo of Philippine Airlines, Trustee for Transport; Michael Jaey Albaña of SMX Convention Center, Trustee for MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, Exhibitions); Javier Hernandez of LIO Tourism Estate, Trustee for Tourism Estate Development.
Sectoral representatives for Visayas are Maria Theresa Acelo of Check Cars Transport System, Trustee for Transport; Celso Jimenez of Micro Soph Events Management Services, Trustee for MICE; Eduard Loop of Cebu Safari and Adventure Park, Trustee for Tourism Estate; and Jaime Sarte III of Feel Deep Scuba Diving Services, Trustee for Other Accredited Tourism Enterprises.
The appointed sectoral representatives of Mindanao are Mary Ann Montemayor of Konkordans, Inc., Trustee for MICE;