PHL hopes to lure Digital Nomads

By on August 23, 2015

Boracay beachfront (Dayanetang / Wikimedia Commons)
Boracay beachfront (Dayanetang / Wikimedia Commons)

BORACAY ISLAND — The Philippines hopes to lure digital nomads and showcase different tourism destinations in the country including this resort island.

This developed after the Information and Communications Technology Office of the Department of Science and Technology (ICTO-DOST) has launched Thursday the Philippine roadmap for digital start-ups.

The event was held as part of the geeks on the beach (GOAB) conference here.

IdeaSpace founder and GOAB co-organizer Earl Valencia said that the digital start-up would help boost tourism through innovations.

Because of this, the start-up community hopes to link themselves with the Department of Tourism.

Digital nomads are individuals who leverage telecommunications technologies to perform their work duties, and more generally conduct their lifestyle in a nomadic manner. Such workers typically work remotely—from home, coffee shops, public libraries and even from recreational vehicles to accomplish tasks and goals that used to traditionally take place in a single stationary workplace.

Currently, Valencia said that slow internet connectivity is one of the factors that hinders digital nomads in coming to the country.