NorMin tourist ar­rivals sta­ble de­spite mar­tial law

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - By Al­wen Salir­ing

A tourism of­fi­cial of Misamis Ori­en­tal on Mon­day, Septem­ber 11, said tourist ar­rivals in the prov­ince re­main sta­ble and the tourism sites are earn­ing de­spite mar­tial law in Min­danao.

Provincial Tourism Of­fi­cer Yvonne Waga said de­spite dec­la­ra­tion of military rule, Misamis Ori­en­tal con­tin­ues to in­vite tourists to visit and ex­pe­ri­ence var­i­ous at­trac­tions in the prov­ince.

“Atong do­mes­tic tourists daghan gi­hapon, sta­ble siya. Nag less lang sa mga tourists out­side of Min­danao kanang taga lain lu­gar maong ang tourist op­er­a­tions naghi­nay ilang

op­por­tu­nity,” Waga said.

The provincial capi­tol kicked off the Tourism Week Cel­e­bra­tion yes­ter­day, Septem­ber 11, with the theme “Sus­tain­able Tourism tool to de­vel­op­ment”.

The week-long cel­e­bra­tion will show­case the dry-run of tour pack­ages for Misamis Ori­en­tal; photo and paint­ing ex­hibits.

The tour pack­ages in­clude trans­porta­tion, food, ac­com­mo­da­tion, fees and other ser­vices for the en­tire tour.

“I-ac­tu­al­ize nato ang naa sa tour pack­ages with time and mo­tion kung unsa ang mga in­clu­sion sa pack­age,” Waga said.

Waga said the Sag­pu­lon falls and Agutayan jump-off point in Jasaan town alone earned nearly P2 mil­lion dur­ing its first 10 months of oper­a­tion.

She said other tourism des­ti­na­tions are also gain­ing profit as they ex­pect it would earn more in the com­ing months.

Waga said the provincial capi­tol is in­clined to de­velop more po­ten­tial tourist sites fol­low­ing the di­rec­tives of Gov­er­nor Yevgeny Emano whose flag­ship pro­gram is an­chored on tourism.

“The provincial tourism of­fice has this vi­sion to at­tain sus­tain­able tourism de­vel­op­ment. We ex­pect nga modaghan pa tourist ar­rivals nato ug mag earn pa kay pa­dayon atong pagde­velop sa mga tourist sites,”Waga said.

Marie Elaine Unchuan, re­gional di­rec­tor of De­part­ment of Tourism for North­ern Min­danao (DOT-10), said Misamis Ori­en­tal has lots of emerg­ing and po­ten­tial tourist sites worth de­vel­op­ing.

Unchuan said the tourism in­dus­try in the re­gion con­tinue to re­cover start­ing July af­ter it had got­ten hurt fol­low­ing the mar­tial law dec­la­ra­tion when can­cel­la­tions of big events, book­ings and reser­va­tions in ho­tels were re­ported.

“It hurts us for the past few months pero karon ga-pick and ga-re­cover na ta,” Unchuan said.

In Ili­gan City, she said, ho­tels are fully booked be­cause of hu­man­i­tar­ian ef­forts but she said hu­man­i­tar­ian work­ers do not visit tourist sites.

Camiguin which was slightly af­fected was able to pick up and at­tract tourists at present while Ca­gayan de Oro City is al­ready re­cov­er­ing in terms of do­mes­tic tourism.

“Sa Ili­gan busy man gud sa hu­man­i­tar­ian ef­forts busa dili kaayo ga tour. Sa CDO so far do­mes­tic tourism is re­cov­er­ing, ang in­ter­na­tional mas af­fected be­cause of travel ad­vi­sories kay lisod man sila mo­travel kung naay ad­vi­sory kay ma-nul­lify man ilang in­sur­ance if some­thing hap­pens to them,”Unchuan said

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