An ocean park will be built in Brgy. Punta Taytay to boost tourism in the area and be an additional attraction in Bacolod, city administrator John Orola, said yesterday.
Orola said the ocean park, which is still part of the project to improve southern part of Bacolod, will not be similar to the one in Pasay City in Manila, as it will be built in an open space.
He said that, to further improve the tourism industry of Bacolod and Negros Occidental, there is also a need to construct and repair tourism ports.
During the conference workshop in Iloilo City, the Bacolod delegates submitted the projects and programs for the city's tourism in the coming years, which include the exploration and promotion of Sum-ag-Cabug river channel through the declaration of tourism enterprise zones, improvements of the physical structure of Bacolod Showroom, Pasalubong and Gift Shop, strengthen Bacolod's landmarks tour package and of the Brgy. Punta Taytay viewing deck and restaurant.
Orola also presented during the conference the city's plan to introduce farm, sports and heritage tourism, construct a small war museum to house vintage tanks and memorabilia, establishment and construction of Eco Tourism Park and ecological garden in Brgy. Alangilan and road development and installation of tourism lights.
He said that, aside from these projects, the installation of the customs immigration and quarantine center at the Bacolod-Silay Airport is also expected to boost tourism, not only of Bacolod but also of Negros Occidental.
Orola will meet with the airport management, the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, the Bureau of Customs and the Bureau of Immigration tomorrow for the finalization of the CIQ installation.
Tourist arrivals in Bacolod City increased by 17.98 percent last year compared to 2011, records from the Bacolod City Tourism Office show.
Domestic tourist arrivals was 366,720, foreign tourist arrivals - 69,792 and Overseas Filipino Workers arrivals - 12,943 last year while in 2011 total domestic arrivals was 273,131, foreign tourist arrivals - 78,737 and OFW arrivals - 29,076.*APN