Manila Bulletin

‘Ridge and Reef’ ex­panded cor­ri­dor set to be launched in Ilo­cos Norte

- By FRED­DIE G. LAZARO Travel Inspiration · Travel · Infectious Diseases · Health Conditions · Ilocos Norte · Baguio City · San Nicolas de los Garza · Washington Metropolitan Area · Metro Manila · Department of Tourism · Ilocos Region · Currimao

LAOAG CITY – Ev­ery­thing is set for the for­mal launch of the “Ridge and Reef Baguio City – Re­gion 1 Travel Cor­ri­dor” in Ilo­cos Norte on Oc­to­ber 20, ac­cord­ing to Ilo­cos Norte’s Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Me­dia Of­fi­cer Rhona Ys­abel Daoang.

She said that it will be the main fo­cus for the con­duct of the Sev­enth Re­gion 1 Tourism Con­ven­tion which will be hosted by the province of Ilo­cos Norte.

Among the high­lights of the event will be the launch of the Re­gion 1 Travel Cor­ri­dor and Brand­ing Cam­paign in Si­tio Reme­dios, Cur­ri­mao, Ilo­cos Norte, the open­ing of the Ridge and Reef mini-travel fair at the Robin­sons Mall in San Ni­co­las town, and the Ridge and Reef Travel Cor­ri­dor B2B in Fort Ilo­can­dia Re­sort.

Tourism Sec­re­tary Ber­nadette Ro­mulo-Puyat is ex­pected to grace the three sig­nif­i­cant events that aims to cush­ion the im­pact of the coro­n­avirus dis­ease (COVID-19) pan­demic across tourism in­dus­tries in North­ern Lu­zon.

Last month, del­e­ga­tions com­posed of Re­gion 1 tourism of­fi­cers, rep­re­sen­ta­tives from lo­cal gov­ern­ment ex­ec­u­tives, and pres­i­dents of var­i­ous tourism stake­hold­ers as­so­ci­a­tions, at­tended the launch of the “Ridge and Reef Travel Cor­ri­dor,” in Baguio City. The event sig­naled the for­mal re­open­ing of do­mes­tic tourism in North­ern Lu­zon amid the COVID-19 pan­demic.

On Thurs­day, the province of Ilo­cos Norte started to open its bor­ders for leisure travel in which tourists from the whole of Lu­zon is­land were al­ready al­lowed to visit the province. This was part of the Phase II of the Ridge and Reef Ex­panded Travel Cor­ri­dor ini­tia­tive of the lo­cal chief ex­ec­u­tives and tourism coun­cils in North­ern Lu­zon.

“As of Satur­day, we al­ready wel­comed two tourists from Baguio City and an­other two from Na­tional Cap­i­tal

Re­gion (NCR). We are ex­pect­ing the ar­rival of more tourists in the fu­ture fol­low­ing the un­lock­ing of the en­try of the bor­ders in the province,” Daoang said.

The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment, Ilo­cos Norte through Gov­er­nor Matthew Mar­cos Man­otoc, had is­sued an ex­ec­u­tive or­der per­tain­ing to the guide­lines for safely wel­com­ing tourists from other Lu­zon re­gions.

Only 50 pre-ar­ranged visi­tors, through De­part­ment of Tourism (DOT)-ac­cred­ited tour agen­cies and es­tab­lish­ments, were al­lowed to en­ter the province each day. Those who are preg­nant, with co­mor­bidi­ties, and chil­dren with chronic health con­di­tions were not per­mit­ted to travel here.

Un­der the ex­ec­u­tive or­der that es­tab­lished the guide­lines for the sec­ond phase of re­open­ing of tourism in Ilo­cos Norte, visi­tors were sub­ject to com­pul­sory COVID-19 tests be­fore trav­el­ing to the province.

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