COBE students initiate tourism convention
The Event Management Class of the fourth year BS-Office Administration and BS-Tourism students in cooperation with the College of Business Education conducted their 14th annual convention at the Nipa Beach Resort, Currimao, Ilocos Norte last September 10. This year's theme was "Adventourism: A Journey Towards Sustainable Tourism", with the aim to promote adventure tourism as potential alternative towards tourism growth.

Invited Keynote Speakers were Paul So, President of the Action Holiday Corporation, Manila and a member of the CHED Task force on Tourism Education, and Jogi Jimenez, Ilocos Norte provincial tourism director who discussed Adventure and Sustainable Tourism and Home from Home Adventure, respectively.

Mr. So urged the participants to give importance on tourism since this is vital in sustaining the development of the Philippines while Mr. Jimenez emphasized that the adventure spots in Ilocos Norte contributed to the development of the province. The convention was attended by the Department of Tourism representatives from Banna and Laoag City and other local government units.

On the second day, the students went on an adventure tour at the different tourist spots of the province namely: the Zip line at Caribquib in Banna, Tanay Avis Falls, Burgos, the 4x4 ride and sand boarding experience at Suba and Paoay.

Professor Louelyn Tabili, Convention Adviser, said that the event was successful because the students were able to apply the principles they had learned in their class in real activities. They were able to better develop the skills and services necessary in the efficient handling of local and international meetings and conventions, not to mention, learn the significance of adventure tourism and sustainable eco tourism.