Dr. Mina T. Gabor

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Dr. Mina T. Gabor was the founder and president of the Center for International Trade Exhibitions and Missions Inc. (CITEM) of the Department of Trade and Industry, and the secretary of the Department of Tourism from 1996 to 1998. She is a recipient of the Philippine Legion of Honor Award (the highest award bestowed by the Philippine government to an individual) as reserved officer, Lt. Colonel, of the Philippine Army for her exemplary contributions for the development of Tourism in the Philippines and her outstanding performance as Tourism Secretary. She continues to work on her passion of promoting the Philippines through trade and tourism as the president of the International School of Sustainable Tourism (ISST), as founder and president of the Philippine Small and Medium Business Development Foundation Inc. (PHILSMED), and the president of the Automobile Association of the Philippines Travel Agency. She is currently a member of the board at the De La Salle-College of St. Benilde, and Chair Emeritus of the International Women’s Forum – Philippine Chapter. For any feedback, please contact this writer at minagabor2010@gmail.com.

Efforts boost Sustainable Tourism amid the pandemic

The tourism sector is one of the hardest-hit industries by the Covid-19 pandemic, as it ground to a halt with the imposition of the nationwide quarantine in 2020. What could have been another promising year became a struggle to stay afloat for many tourism-related establishments. But for us at the International School of Sustainable Tourism (ISST), it was an opportunity to tap the virtual world in reaching out to learners locked down in their homes.

Natural landscape and ecolodges

mina t gaborAround 30 percent of the more than 1 billion tourist traffic globally look for nature-themed destinations like parks, ecotourism sites, bike paths, bird-watching areas, coastal water activities, botanical gardens, farm visits and others.

Accessible Tourism For All

RECENTLY, I was invited to a media forum in Rembrandt Hotel and someone asked me what I thought about the current setup, where people had to go to Davao to meet up with President Rodrigo R. Duterte. My answer was “Great! Very good for Davao!” A friend from Davao who owns a restaurant had to fly in ingredients and kitchen materials from Manila, as one night they almost ran out of food.

March For A Veteran

mina t gaborSeveral Americans who survived the march were put on board ships referred to as “hell ships,” suffering the same deprivation of food, water and other necessities.  The ship, without markers, would go in circuitous manner to prevent detection on its way to Japan, becoming a target even by the American battleships, thus, losing more Americans.