Saturday, June 25, 2011

Dagupan takes tourism campaign online

Repost from D' Dagupan Dream:

Promotion of tourism in Dagupan City has been put to a higher level with the use of the internet.

Local netizens were invited by the Dagupan City Tourism Office to take part in the first Dagupan Tweetup and Website launching ceremony on the very day of the Agew na Dagupan celebration, June 20.

Tourism officers and guests were led by Mayor Benjie S. Lim during the launching held on one of the river cruise boats equipped with a wi-fi connection afloat the shore of the Daungan sa Dawel in Bonuan Gueset, Dagupan where the vessels are docked.

Ms. Rose Teng-Mejia, officer-in-charge of the City Tourism Office, in her welcome message, stressed that the campaign was brought online to keep pace with the times and for people to know more about the city and to reach out to Dagupeños around the world.

For his part, Mayor Lim pointed out that support for the campaign will benefit the fisherfolks and will result to cleaner rivers, adding that “tourism is employment, not just enjoyment.”

Simon Francis Vistro, City Tourism writer/researcher and Mike Fernandez, owner of PixelHub Creative who designed, published and developed the city’s official tourism website for free, later unveiled the site and discussed its highlights. Subsequently, they oriented the social media enthusiasts on how to participate in the blogging network and how to call on others to do the same.

Young City Tourism Officer Dana Santiago, in her message, urged Dagupeños to take part in promoting the city’s tourism industry as a “challenge… to do our shared responsibility.”

The event was made possible through the help of Harlijk Productions.

To participate in increasing the awareness of the public about the city’s tourism program, everyone is encouraged to log on to and spread its URL on social networking sites, repost “What’s Up Dagupan” blog entries or create a similar blog and use on twitter the following hashtags: #AgewNaDagupan, #DaguFUN and #DawelRiverCruise. – (CIO)

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