THE Giya Amihanang Mindanao Association (Gama), also known as the Northern Mindanao Tour Guides Association, assured the city government of Cagayan de Oro of its strong support in regard to the promotion of tourism industry in Region 10 during its just-held First General Assembly here.

The Gama’s recent general assembly was a gathering of licensed and accredited tourist guides of the Department of Tourism, Region 10 (DOT-10) and key tourism players in Northern Mindanao.

The group said it will help boost tourism industry in the region through the promotion of tourism biodiversity using guided informative tours.

Gama’s first batch of officers were also sworn in during the gathering. Likewise, the officers were elected purposely to guide the association in its work for the benefit of the tourism industry.

Cagayan de Oro tourism officer Imma Rae Gatuslao briefed the members of Gama on the tourism status of the city.

Aside from the city government, the group has also expressed its strong support to Cagayan de Oro vice mayor Ian Acenas, also the chair of the City Council Committee on Tourism; Cagayan de Oro Travel and Tours Association (COTTA) through its President Rex Tapungot, also of The Red Rafts; and the Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Association (Cohara).

During the Assembly held at Thai Me Up Restaurant, Reina Bontuyan, Gama active President and top Eco-Tour Guide, elucidated the importance of the presence and support of tour guides in bringing in tourists to Cagayan de Oro, as well as to Northern Mindanao; and the promotion of partnerships among the different tourism components which will bring in “synergy” to the tourism industry.

Present at the assembly were the active members of Gama officers: VP-External Affairs-Shiegfred Roxas; VP-Internal Affairs-Ms. Paulane Tugas, Secretary-Regina Amador, Treasurer-Cernan Aguinot and Auditor-Romel Spy Atilano.

Gama is also thankful to DOT-10 regional director Butch Chan III for his full support to the group’s undertakings.

article by Joe Palabao of Business Week Mindanao

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