31 tourism ‘movers’ in NegOcc feted for sustainable practices
BACOLOD City – A total of 31 tourism stakeholders were recognized by the provincial government of Negros Occidental on Sept. 21 for their contribution to the development of the province’s tourism industry.
The awardees were considered the “movers” of the programs and projects that aim to strengthen tourism as one of the major economic growth drivers of Negros Occidental.
Department of Tourism (DOT) Region 6 supervising tourism operations officer Phoebe Zelic Areño, who spoke at the Negros Occidental Tourism Excellence Awards held at the Capitol Social Hall, urged the awardees to continue their hard work for tourism promotion and development.
The l ocal government units ( LGUs) of Hinigaran, Binalbagan, and the cities of Sagay, Bago and Talisay were recognized as the top five contributing LGUs for the day tourist arrival count in 2017.
For visitor arrival count, the awardees were Sipalay City as top contributing l ocality; San Carlos City, second; Kabankalan City, third; Cadiz City, fourth; and Talisay City, fifth.
A special citation was also awarded to San Carlos City for being a recipient of the ASEAN Clean Tourist City award.
The cities of Sagay and Sipalay were recognized as well for having been shortlisted in the Association of Tourism Officers of the Philippines Pearl Awards.
Special citations were given to Teresa Alvarez of EB Magalona as tourism officer; Silay City for heritage tourism; and Cadiz City as Best Performing Tourism Office and Tourism-Oriented LGU.
Special citations for best booths during the Provincial Tourism Fair were given to LGUs from the second, third and sixth districts.
The province also gave special citations to senior tour guide Arturo Lacson, Philippine Lifesaving, and bloggers Lea Jean Gazo, Glady Reyes, Claire Algarme and Marianito Vito for promoting tourism in their respective platforms.
Recognized as partners in the academe were VMA Global College, University of St. La Salle, Colegio San Agustin- Bacolod, La Consolacion College-Bacolod, and STI-West Negros University.
Moreover, Areño said DOT- 6 is doing its best to preserve, develop and promote the tourism destinations, culture, and products of the region.
“Let us all strive and help one another for the protection and sustainability of the tourism industry for the future generations and tourists to enjoy and experience,” she added.
Provincial supervising tourism operations officer Cristine Mansinares, who heads the Negros Occidental Tourism Division, said the province appreciates the awardees for their effort and support to the provincial government’s tourism program and projects.
She also thanked them for helping carry out the vision of the provincial tourism development plan.
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ILOILO City – Honoring the contribution to society of retirees, the Department of Tourism (DOT) Region 6 conducted the Senior Citizen Tour in the Province and City of Iloilo on Sept. 21.
“The Senior Citizen tour is a way the Department of Tourism Region VI acknowledged the contribution to society especially in the academe of Iloilo Science and Technology University (ISAT-U) Retirees Association members. We want them to have relaxation and to enjoy the beauty of Iloilo City and Province. I would like also to express my gratitude for them in advance because they will also conduct research on historical places of Iloilo City and Province after the tour in order to provide broader information for the tourists coming to Western Visayas,” DOT 6 regional director Atty. Helen Catalbas said.
The ( ISAT- U) Retirees Association members visited Sta. Barbara Church and Museum and had a sight-seeing at Damires Hills in Janiuay, Iloilo. They also experience Baye-baye making in Pavia, Iloilo and Tablea Demo in Tourism Excellence Awards capped the celebration of 18th Negros Occidental Tourism Week held on Sept. 14-21 with the theme, “Tourism and the Digital Transformation”. ( PNA)
Iloilo. Retirees also toured and enjoyed in Megaworld and Esplanade in Mandurriao, Iloilo City. They also explored Casa Rizaliana, Molo Mansion,Molo Church and Molo Plaza.
Meanwhile, the rolling tours of the retirees passed by Jaro Cathedral, Lizares Mansion and Nelly Garden in Jaro district.
They also paid a courtesy call on DOT 6 regional director Catalbas at the new DOT 6 office at Casa Real de Iloilo, Iloilo Provincial Capitol./
Photo shows the entrance of the Mambukal Mountain Resort in Murcia, Negros Occidental, which boasts pristine hot springs and lush forests.