CamSur provincial gov’t prepares for the influx of Chinese tourists

admin   •   December 11, 2017   •   3875

MANILA, Philippines — Wakeboarding at the CamSur Water Sports Complex, beautiful beaches and other scenic views in Caramoan are just some of the tourist attractions in Camarines Sur.

According to Governor Miguel “Migs” Villafuerte, the local government is in talks with several travel operators in China about bringing in an estimated 50,000 Chinese tourists in the province.

The provincial government plans to build, among others, the so-called CamSur Tourism Center which is worth P60-million.

The said tourism center is expected to bring job opportunities, especially to the youth.

“Ang hamon lang nila, Chinese-ready ba ang Camarines Sur? Meaning, may mga translators ba kayo dyan? May mga Chinese signages ba kayo dyan. So yan po ang i-incorporate po natin doon sa bagong tourism building,”  said the governor.

(The challenge is whether Camarines Sur is “Chinese-ready”.  Meaning, do we have translators? Do we have Chinese signages here? So we need to incorporate those in the new tourism building.)

Meanwhile, Chris Hopf of the CWC said that the 200-hectare CamSur Watersport Center will always have foreign tourist visitors.

It can be noted the CamSur Watersport Center also hosts the World Championship Wakeboarding.

“Three to six months is probably the average stay for most foreign guests just because of the weather and because of the part itself,” said the CWC manager.

Furthermore, the youngest governor in the country noted that the tourism sector brings additional revenue to the province.

“The revenue increased because all of these facilities are provincial-owned. The provincial government has almost over P100m additional income,” said Villafuerte.

Last year, the province of Camarines Sur in Bicol recorded more than 2.4 million tourist arrivals. — Rey Pelayo | UNTV News & Rescue

Palawan voted among world’s top 25 islands to visit

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 17, 2021

Palawan is among the world’s top 25 islands to visit, according to a New York based travel magazine.

Travel + Leisure has included Palawan, ranking 19th with a score of 88.63. The travel magazine said this year’s World’s Best Awards survey was open for voting from January 11 through May 10, 2021, as destinations around the world were lifting COVID-19 restrictions.

“The best islands in the world, according to T+L readers, are the kind of Instagram-perfect destinations that travelers fantasize about on winter evenings: dreamy, sun-drenched landscapes surrounded by the bluest waters,” according to magazine’s post.

The top 3 on the list are Milos in Greece, Folegandros also located in Greece, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. AAC

Entry of tourists to popular destinations depends on concerned LGUs — DOT

Marje Pelayo   •   September 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said with the current shift of Metro Manila to Alert Level 4, certain changes in tourism activities will be implemented.

This includes allowing tourists to major destinations in Metro Manila in a limited capacity.

Puyat said the Rizal Park and the Walled City Intramuros in Manila are both opening to tourists effective September 16.

As for other destinations outside of the capital, Puyat said tourists should check on the concerned local government units (LGUs) if they are already allowing leisure travel in their areas.

Puyat stressed it is still the LGU who will decide on whether or not they will open tourism in their respective areas, especially to non-residents.

Under Alert Level 4, residents of the National Capital Region (NCR) will be allowed to exit the region to go to the provinces.

However, they have the obligation to check with their province of destination as NCR residents are allowed only in areas under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) and general community quarantine (GCQ).

“Kasi marami rin tayong tourist destination na kahit mababa ang kaso nila ayaw pa rin nilang tumanggap ng mga bisita, mga turista tulad ng Baguio. Sarado siya up to September 19. So kahit pwede na ang interzonal, intrazonal, hindi pa pwede [sa Baguio],” the DOT chief said.

Secretary Puyat said that though the tourism industry is gradually reopening, the public should still strictly observe minimum health and safety protocols against COVID-19.

Puyat added that they are giving discounted RT-PCR tests for tourists at P750 which can be taken at the Philippine Children’s Medical Center (PCMC).

“Kunyare ikaw ay isang turista, gusto mong pumunta sa isang tourist destination, kailangan mo lang ipakita na nakabook ka sa isang DOT accredited hotel. Number 2 (ay) iyong return ticket,” she said.

According to Puyat, about 99% of hotel workers in the tourism sector in Metro Manila are already vaccinated and 94% among restaurant workers. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

DOT eyes ‘green lane’ for fully vaccinated travelers

Aileen Cerrudo   •   May 21, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Tourism (DOT) has proposed setting up a ‘green lane’ for foreign visitors who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The department made the proposal to the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) as part of the government’s effort to reopen the economy.

With the green lane set up, it would be easier for tourists to visit the country especially as quarantine restrictions  ease with the progress of the vaccination worldwide.

“The Green Lane will pave the way for the reopening of our tourist destinations to leisure travelers who are now fully vaccinated. It will give the jobs back to many of our tourism workers and gradually revive the tourism industry under safe conditions,” Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat said.

She also said that other countries have already opened their doors to fully-vaccinated foreign travelers.

The IATF-EID has tasked the DOT and several other government agencies to evaluate the possibility of implementing “green lanes” and formulate protocols

“We must keep pace with our neighbors and the rest of the world in slowly reopening our tourist destinations. We must be ready for the visitors when the whole world is ready to safely travel again,” Puyat said. AAC

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