Tourism Act (Philippines)

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REPUBLIC ACT No. 9593
otherwise known as

Tourism Act of 2009
and

Its Implementing
Rules and Regulations

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REPUBLIC ACT No. 9593
AN ACT DECLARING A NATIONAL POLICY FOR TOURISM AS AN ENGINE
OF INVESTMENT, EMPLOYMENT, GROWTH AND NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, AND STRENGTHENING THE DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM AND ITS ATTACHED AGENCIES TO EFFECTIVELY AND EFFICIENTLY IMPLEMENT THAT POLICY, AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR

Be it enacted by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:

CHAPTER I
GENERAL PROVISIONS
SECTION 1. Short Title. – This Act shall be known as “The Tourism Act of 2009.” SECTION 2. Declaration of Policy. – The State declares tourism as an indispensable element of the national economy and an industry of national interest and importance, which must be harnessed as an engine of socio-economic growth and cultural affirmation to generate investment, foreign exchange and employment, and to continue to mold an enhanced sense of national pride for all Filipinos.

Towards this end, the State shall seek to:
(a)
Ensure the development of Philippine tourism that is for and by the Filipino people, conserve and promote their heritage, national identity and sense of unity;
(b) Recognize sustainable tourism development as integral to the national socio- economic development efforts to improve the quality of life of the Filipino people, providing the appropriate attention and support for the growth of this industry;

(c) Promote a tourism industry that is ecologically sustainable, responsible, participative, culturally sensitive, economically viable, and ethically and socially equitable for local communities;
(d) Create a favorable image of the Philippines within the international community, thereby strengthening the country’s attraction as a tourism destination and eventually paving the way for other benefits that may result from a positive global view of the country;

(e) Develop the country as a prime tourist hub in Asia, as well as a center of world congresses and conventions, by promoting sustainable tourism anchored principal on the country’s history, culture and natural endowments, and ensuring the protection, preservation and promotion of these resources; and (f ) Encourage private sector participation and agri-tourism for countryside development and preservation of rural life.

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SECTION 3. Objectives. – Pursuant to the above declaration, the State shall adopt the following objectives:
(a) Develop a national tourism action plan and work for its adoption and implementation by national and local governments;
(b) Encourage activities and programs which promote tourism awareness, preserve the country’s diverse cultures and heritage, and instill a sense of history and a culture of tourism among the youth and the populace;

(c) All things being equal, grant preferential treatment to the employment of Filipino nationals in tourism-related enterprises;
(d) Provide full government assistance by way of competitive investment incentives, long-term development fund and other financing schemes extended to tourism related investments;
(e) Ensure that tourism development protects and promotes the general well- being of the Filipino people, particularly in the area of investment, to include the monitoring and prevention of any act of profiteering or speculation to the detriment of local residents, as well as the exploitation of women and children in tourism;

(f ) Encourage competition in the tourism industry and maximize consumer choice by enhancing the continued viability of the retail travel industry and independent tour operation industry;
(g) Enhance the collection, analysis and dissemination of data which accurately measure the economic and social impact of tourism in the...
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