BSC President Dr. Alfonso R. Simon receives guests from the University of the Philippines Asian Institute of Tourism and the Department of Hotel, Restaurant and Institution Management – College of Home Economics. The group is headed by Dr. Edisier Villasanta, Dean of UP-AIT and Dr. Mary Anne R. Tumanan, Dean of UP DHRIM-CHE. The group was also joined by Ms. Hegel Ruiz- Valones, Batanes Provincial Tourism Officer, Prof. Doreen Cariaso, BSC Director for RDET, Ms. Niam Delos Santos of the HTM Department and researchers from UP.

UP and BSC, with the cooperation of other agencies, has signed a MOA on the conduct of a research collaboration on the “Needs Assessment of Tourism and Hospitality Impacts in the Batanes Group of Islands”.