About Us

Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines

(ATOP) is an organization of tourism officers from all over the country regarding of their appointment status. Founded to foster unity in the tourism industry and to promote the welfare of its members and the travelling public. ATOP has evolved into a crucial player in the various levels of the tourism oriented organizations. ATOP is articulating issues and concerns affecting tourism and is promoting honesty and integrity in its ranks.

The Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines or ATOP was established on October 4, 2001 during its First National Convention at the Dynasty Court Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City.

It was hosted by the Association of Tourism Officers of Northern Mindanao and sponsored by the Department of tourism and Northern Mindanao Tourism Council. The charter president is DOT 10 Regional Director Catalino “Butch” E. Chan III, then Provincial Tourism Officer of the Province of Camiguin (2001 -2004), followed by Dea I. Que of Dagupan City (2005-2006), Jennylind D. Cordero from the Province of Negros Occidental (2007-2008) and Roselyn Armida B. Merlin of Surigao City (2009-2010)

ATOP commits itself to inculcate the Culture of Tourism

Mission & Vision Statement

In fulfilling its Mission, the Organization shall:

  • Strengthen its institutional capabilities for tourism development;
  • Strive towards the highest standards of services and information for tourist;
  • Foster unity in the tourism industry and promote the welfare of its member and other partners;
  • Uphold the dignity in the tourism industry and strive towards Professionalization;
  • Promote, Develop and Maintain an atmosphere of mutual assistance and understanding among members, and;
  • Increase membership in both the metropolis and the provinces.

We envision a dynamic and pro‐active tourism organization, responsive to the challenges of the industry towards nation building…

Goal Statement

Adhering to the above Vision and Mission of ATOP, the following Goals Statements shall aptly be the guide for its membership in pursuing tourism-related programs and projects, local, regional and national:

1. To develop and sustain quality tourism products;

2. To lobby for the creation of permanent tourism offices in all local government units;

3. To enable tourism champions mainstream the tourism agenda;

4. To set-up mechanisms for the institutionalization of ATOP and rationalize its fund management

5. To heighten the core competencies of tourism officers

6. To expand private-private partnership that is responsive to the needs of the tourism industry

7. To strengthen the relations between the tourism officers and the local development councils


Office Address
San Juan City Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office, Room 106, Upper Ground Floor, San Juan City Government Center, Pinaglabanan Road, San Juan City, Metro Manila, Philippines 1500