#ISKOnversations is going pink.
Every year, the University of the Philippines Tourism Management Society (UP TMS) supports the UP Diliman University Student Council Education and Research Committee-led (UPD USC EdRes) semestral initiative entitled Alternative Classroom Learning Experience (ACLE), which gives a day of activities hosted by different organizations devoted in providing UP students a substitute to the usual topics covered in classrooms.
This semester, the ACLE of the UPD USC EdRes will revolve around the theme “#ISKOnversations”. With this, UP TMS would hold a seminar on gay tourism entitled “Fifty Shades of Pink Tourism”.
“We would like to educate the tourism students, as well as the LGBT community on the different aspects of gay tourism,” said Noreen Camacho, ACLE 2014 project head (from the University of the Philippines Tourism Management Society). “The gist of this event is that our organization would like to raise the awareness of the students/participants of the fact that tourism is not only an industry for leisure, but also an industry that is open and caters to the occurring issue of gender sensibility and equality.”
Several speakers from the tourism industry and LGBT community have been invited to talk about the current status of gay tourism in the Philippines, and discuss whether the country’s tourism industry is already LGBT friendly.
Other issues related to the topic will be tackled, e.g.:
- Is Philippines an LGBT-friendy tourist destination?
- If so, will this kind of tourism be acceptable to the Filipino culture?
- How would the locals react or adapt to pink tourism?
- Is there a future for gay tourism in the Philippines?
“Fifty Shades of Pink Tourism” is scheduled on Thursday, October 23 (from 1:00PM to 4:00PM), at the University of the Philippines Asian Institute of Tourism – AVR. It is co-presented by Kaboom Wings & Burger – Morayta.