The Philippine Department of Tourism (DoT) has invited bidders for a market study on developing Philippine cruise products, according to a bulletin published in a newspaper yesterday.
According to its terms of reference (ToR), the market study will cover the regional cruise market and the identification of product development opportunities in the Philippines. It will also study the short-term implementation of the private sector in the development of a luxury cruise product.
The study should be finished in three months and has an approved budget of P5 million.
A pre-bid conference is scheduled for Aug. 14, and the deadline of submission of bids, Aug. 27, at the DoT building.
The DoT has noted in the ToR that despite the world and regional cruise call every year, infrastructure for cruise terminals, navigation systems, port of call jetties, waste management and land-based facilities remain to be developed.
Applications are open to Filipino-owned or foreign consultancies with Philippine offices. Consultants should include a study director, international marine navigation specialist, international cruise operations expert, and senior consultants for marketing and business and financial analysis.
Funds for the study will be sourced from the DoT’s marked development group of the General Appropriations Act of 2013.
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