The Farm Tourism Conference and Festival opens at the Grand Xing Imperial Hotel in Iloilo City on Monday, October 2, and is set to run until October 4.
Keynote speakers for this year’s event include Department of Tourism (DOT) Undersecretary for Ecotourism, Farm Tourism and Faith Tourism Advocacy Silvino Tejada; and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) Undersecretary Eduardo Gongona.
Event Director Mina Gabor, who also serves as president of the International School of Sustainable Tourism (ISST), pointed out the event will have a particular focus on coffee; including a discussion on coffee planting with Philippine Coffee Board director, Dr. Andy Mojica; a talk on coffee cloning and demonstration with Albert Tabanggay of Pavia Orchard Valley; a coffee roasting demonstration by La Roasteria proprietor Bodi Mijares; a discussion on the coffee trade with Biscocho Haus owner Genevieve Bionat; and a talk on Sulu Royal Coffee and Coffee Bag with Steep Coffee Bags CEO Justin Bereber and coffee expert Kumalah Elardo.
Other talks will touch on issues including climate change, preserving natural and cultural heritage, product innovation, and food security.
Paolo Lorenzo Tirador of Damires Hills Tierra Verde and Jonathan Canuto of the Ephratah Farmers Union will also be on hand to share their stories around farm tourism, along with marketing and trading.
International speakers expected at the event include India’s “father of agri-tourism” Pandurag Taware and Global Travel Management and Consultancy Managing Director Jemy See of Taiwan.
The registration fee is P6,000, with a government rate of P4,500 and a student rate of P3,600./WDJ