Tuesday, February 1, 2011

5 Leyte towns possible tourism hotspots

FIVE towns in Leyte province are currently targeted for a “selling mission” for tourism investment to be undertaken by the Provincial Government together with the Department of Tourism (DOT).

The towns were identified as Matalom, Baybay and Inopacan in the fifth district and Palompon and Tabango in the third district.

All of the five towns have identified local tourism attractions as well as potentials that could be developed.

Leyte Governor Jericho Petilla said in the “selling mission”, tourism is being viewed as the prime mover for local economic development in the identified areas.

The governor added there have been many efforts towards tourism development in the province but tourism still has yet to go on full-swing for the province.

The governor recently called a meeting together with local municipal officials, tourism officers, and district representatives for the identification of tourism-investment potential and consolidates efforts and programs for tourism.

Among those who attended were Representatives Lucy Torres-Gomez and Carlos Cari of the fourth and fifth districts of the province.

Island beach getaways, diving and eco-tourism spots, spa and wellness attractions, as well as cultural destinations are to be identified, validated and consolidated along the named towns, which will become the province’s main offerings to travel trade players in trade exhibitions, which the province targets to participate on March this year and on a later date in various areas such as Macau, Hongkong and China.

The governor explained that the purpose in joining “selling missions” is to attract investors to the area.

“Admittedly, the government is not a good investor. We cannot do this on our own, we rather need investors to invest on us,” Petilla said.

However, above all, the selling mission to be undertaken would largely convince investors to build hotels in the province.

Each of the identified towns in Leyte’s western side has their tourism destinations to boost: Matalom has the Canigao Island; Palompon has Kalanggaman Island and the Tabuk Marine Park and Bird Sanctuary; Inopacan has Digyo Island; Tabango has the Seven Island Destination; while Baybay is considered as a prime area for hotel investment.

The governor believes that it is very important to assess the destination first before it is included in a tour package to encourage investors.

The validation will also include the readiness of the place and community preparedness in accepting the visitors.

Source: Leyte Samar Daily Express

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