By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson is committed to promoting sustainable tourism in the province, as he leads the opening of the 23rd Provincial Tourism Week at a mall over the weekend.
In his speech, Lacson said sustainable tourism initiatives can help reduce the environmental impact of tourism activities by reducing waste, promoting the efficient use of energy and water, and using local produce and materials.
The governor said investing in ecologically-sound tourism is an important concept for a sustainable future.
“It means investing in tourism activities that are designed to reduce any negative environmental impacts while protecting natural resources and promoting the well-being of local communities, advocating for sustainable practices such as reduced energy consumption, reduced water usage, and the use of renewable energy sources,” Lacson said.
The governor stated the provincial government celebrates the Negros Occidental Tourism Week every year to recognize the importance of tourism and travel sectors.
They are recognizing the impact of the tourism industry, particularly on the local economy and communities.
Lacson also stated that the tourism industry is an integral part of the global economy, and it has significantly increased its economic contribution by generating huge amounts of revenue./DGB, WDJ