Oslob cuts down whale shark watch­ing tourists to 800/day

Business World - - The Nation -

STAKE­HOLD­ERS IN Oslob town have agreed to re­duce the num­ber of daily tourists who can go whale shark watch­ing to 800 from 1,000 as part of ef­forts to balance en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion with eco­nomic gains. Fol­low­ing a con­sul­ta­tive meeting, Cebu Vice Gov­er­nor Agnes A. Mag­pale said the num­ber was agreed upon by the tour op­er­a­tors, boat­men, and gov­ern­ment agen­cies that reg­u­late tourism ac­tiv­i­ties in the area. The 800 tourists will be di­vided among the cur­rent 182 boat­men op­er­at­ing in Barangay Tan-awan. The Depart­ment of Tourism rec­om­mended set­ting up a reser­va­tion cen­ter to cen­tral­ize the book­ing of guests. Other mea­sures that will be im­ple­mented in the pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tion, such as new rates and pub­lic fa­cil­i­ties, will be dis­cussed in the com­ing weeks. “Let us not wait for the Pres­i­dent to or­der the clo­sure of Oslob for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion just like in Bo­ra­cay,” Ms. Mag­pale said in

THE FREE­MAN

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