DOT CALABARZON eyes launching of safe tourism circuits in 2021

Calamba City, Laguna, Dec 17 (PIA)—The Department of Tourism Region IV-A is set to launch tourism circuits in Batangas and Laguna early next year under ‘The Green Corridor Initiative’ program in light of the reopening of tourism industry in the Calabarzon region under the new normal.

DOT IV-A Regional Director Michael Palispis said the traveling public may soon experience safe travel in the Buhay Laguna Tourism Circuit which features attractions and destinations in San Pablo City, Liliw, Nagcarlan, and Rizal.

The DOT IV-A will also offer tour packages within the Batangas Bayside Tourism Circuit showcasing safe tourism destinations in San Juan, Taal, Calatagan, and Nasugbu.

The regional tourism chief said the clustered tourism destinations were developed in coordination with the provincial and local tourism officers.

“Ginawa natin itong mga travel bubble o clustering ng mga destinations to ensure that under the new normal tourism, pagbalik ng sigla ng turismo, makakasigurado tayo na safe ang mga turistaang pupunta sa mga destinasyong ito,” Dir. Palispis said.

He added that the DOT IV-A is the first tourism regional office to roll out the initiative as part of its response and recovery program which mainly seeks to rebuild the tourism industry in the region—one of the hardest-hit industries due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

RD Palispis led the assessment of the identified tourist attractions and sites in Laguna and Batangas towns from December 14 to 17 to assess its viability and readiness in accepting visitors. The assessment also targets to ensure that the identified sites implement safety health protocols pursuant to the guidelines issued by the Department of Health.

“We will do everything na kapag binuksan natin ang turismo, safe ang turista and most importantly, safe ang community,” the regional chief tourism said. “This is a very challenging time for the tourism industry but with the help of everyone, kayang-kaya po natin ito,” Dir. Palispis added.

Local officials, tourist destination owners and operators welcomed the initiative of DOT IV-A emphasizing that this would greatly contribute in the recovery of tourism industry and affected stakeholders in their localities.

The DOT IV-A is also eyeing to explore similar corridors and tourism circuits in other parts of Calabarzon beginning January next year to be promoted under its Green Corridor Initiative.



Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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