Call centers for tourism eyed

The Aklan Provincial Government is currently  looking for locators in the establishment  of a Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)  specializing in travel industry.

Marsh Bernabe, a member of the Information and  Communication Technology (ICT) Council said Aklan  is now ripe to host BPO companies. Bernabe said  that the ICT-Aklan Council has opted for a travelspecialized  BPO since the province has forged a  memorandum of understanding in making Caticlan a  cruise ship hub.

To note, the Aklan Provincial Government, the  Department of Tourism and the Royal Caribbean  Cruise Ltd. (RCCL) has forged an understanding in  promoting Boracay a cruise ship hub. “We are eyeing  the space beside the Caticlan Jetty Port as a possible  venue for interested locators,” Bernabe said.

The provincial government has allocated 500 scholarship  grants for residents who wanted to work. Bernabe,  however, said one locator in the BPO industry could  hire to as much as 3,000 employees. Aside from  the travel industry, small and medium entrepreneurs  (SME’s) in the province and in this resort island  could also benefit from the cruise ship hub. “The ICT  Council will be lobbying to the RCCL management  that our SME products will be displayed at the cruise  ship for sale to boost the revenues of our entrepreneurs  in the province,” he said.

The DTI through its GoNegosyo Center Mentor Me  Program has chosen 20 SME’s in Aklan to be fully  trained to become masters on entrepreneurship. Many  of them specialize in producing souvenir items and  the like.

JUN N. AGUIRRE

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