While the agriculture sector endure the heat of the El Niño phenomenon, the Negros Occidental Tourism Division sees this as an opportunity to increase tourist visits to premiere destinations in the province.
“We are expecting more tourists in mountain and beach resorts to cool off because of the heat, and the expected longer summer weather up to July,” Cristine Mansinares, NOTD Supervising Tourism Officer, said yesterday.
NOTD has been receiving more walk-in guests to check for destinations around the province, she said, adding that both domestic and foreign tourists are taking advantage of holidays and long weekends to also join festivals.
With the Visit Philippines Again 2016 campaign of the Department of Tourism rolling, she said, the province plans to intensify its promotion of local attractions.
“We are still waiting for the DOT implementation plan, but as prospects, we plan to focus more on promoting natural resources such as the mountains, seas, mangrove areas and dive sites,” she said.
NOTD is also planning to highlight food tourism, culture through architectural sites, performances, arts, and festivals, she added.
She said strengthening the cultural appreciation of the community is also on their list to promote tourism development and conservation.
The province also plans to pursue monitoring of developments in LGUS where cultural assets such as monuments and ancestral houses are located, she said.
She added that they are encouraging Negrenses to visit more of the local attraction in the province, especially where they can experience nature.*KBC
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