Capitol aims to restore NegOcc tourism ranking

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          The provincial government of Negros Occidental is aiming to restore its rank  as among the visited province  in Western Visayas, during the pre pandemic period, disclosed yesterday by Provincial Administrator Atty. Rayfrando Diaz.

          Aklan, where  Boracay island is located, ranked first in Western Visayas,  as among the top tourist destination area, according to the Department of  Tourism 6.

“ If we could get a big share of incoming guests coming into the country, that will be our target, he added.

During the pre pandemic years, DOT6 reported that Negros Occidental ranked second as the top tourism destination in Western Visayas, next only to Boracay.

The 22nd Provincial Tourism Week opens today, Sept. 19, at the Ayala Malls Capitol Central in Bacolod, with Board Member Rita Gatuslao, Provincial Administrator Atty. Rayfrando Diaz, Provincial Legal Officer Atty. Alberto Nellas Jr., Provincial Environment Management Officer Atty. Julie Ann Bedrio, and Provincial Tourism Officer Cheryl Decena, among others, cutting the ribbon to formally kickoff the exhibit showcasing the products, tourism destinations, arts and culture, and investment opportunities of the 32 local government units, including the highly-urbanized Bacolod City. | Capitol PIO photo

Diaz also said that Negros Occidental ranked third among the most visited province in the region,

          According to Diaz, the provincial government has already started to organize tourism groups to digitalize, “ so that our guests can see on line, what they can see in Negros, and get reservations, and pay, as well as choose our tour packages”.

Later on we can have all our hotels, the Mambukal Wildlife Sanctuary and the Negros Residences can be booked online,” he said

          Diaz, who spoke at the opening ceremony of the 22nd Negros Occidental Tourism Week celebration on Sept. 19 at the Ayala Mall in Bacolod City,  said that this year theme “ Rethinking Tourism”, which means, incorporate “responsibility with sustainable development” is not just the usual “leisure and service”,but also protection and conservation of flora and fauna, as what they did at the Mambukal Mountain Resort.

          “We want to inculcate to all tourism officers in Negros Occidental that while we accept guests, we should also take care of nature, take care of our garbage, take care of their impact in communities, where they go, ” Diaz said. |GB

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