President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo today called on the Chamber of Real Estate and Builders Association (CREBA) to help the government make the Philippines one of the most favored tourist destinations in the region.

In her keynote address at the three-day 24th National Convention of the CREBA at the Atrium of the Lim Ket Kai Center here, the President said the tourism sector has been growing for the last eight years with government infrastructure support such as the Strong Republic Nautical Highway which has provided seamless movement of people and goods from Luzon to Mindanao.

Moreover, the President said the tourism sector grew significantly especially after the tourism super region plan was fleshed out.

“One breakthrough for the tourism was when we completed the Western Nautical RORO Highway in 2003. It allowed seamless travel by car from Manila not only to Boracay but also to northern Mindanao. And, now with the Western, Central and Eastern Nautical, we are poised to ride the wave of the impending global economic rebound and to offer your industry an opportunity to capture its growth prospects,” she said.

However, the Chief Executive noted that the lack of tourism establishments such as hotel rooms impede the supposed soar of the sector.

“You build them (tourism establishments) and they come,” she said.

The President added that the Philippines is poised to ride the wave of the impending global economic rebound and that the real estate sector can capture once again the opportunities that await the sector.

CREBA is the country’s largest organization of real estate brokers, developers, professionals and suppliers. The convention’s theme is “Pinoy Economic Stimuli in a Global Recession: Mass Housing and World Class-Tourism.”

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