The Department of Tourism (DoT) is banking on new types of tourist attractions like farm and wellness enclaves to lure international and domestic visitors into the country.
“Farm tourism is relatively new but once developed, especially with the mandate of the Farm Tourism Development Act of 2016, inclusive growth becomes achievable for the benefit of farmers, micro to small business enterpreneurs and other community stakeholders,” DoT Assistant Secretary Frederick Alegre said.
Alegre said there is an increasing community engagement and appreciation for tourism as a way of life in the countryside.
“More importantly, we continue to deepen our brand of hospitality, giving more essence to the unique Filipino tourism experience,” Alegre continued.
The DoT official made the assertions as he joined travel and tour promoters, mass media and stakeholders during the launch of the Nurture Farmacy in Tagaytay recently.
Alegre congratulated Dr. Mike and Catherine Turvill, owners of the Nurture Wellness Village for the opening of the Farmacy, a DoT-accredited ecotourism wellness, heritage and farm destination that provides a wide range of activities for varied guests, including tour of the Phytotherapy garden; weaving and cooking demos; interactive heritage activities and many others.
The Farmacy is a logical adjunct to the 15-year-old resort and spa, serving as source of agricultural produce for the catering services, as well as for application and treatment at the spa outlet.
Situated just an hour-drive from Manila, the Nurture property is perfect for honeymooners, families, corporate team building activities and young professionals who seek a quick getaway from city life.