The Negros Oriental Chamber of Commerce and Industry is eyeing Dumaguete City as a study and tourist destination.
The new NOCCI president, Francisco Martinez, cited Wednesday the “dreams” of the group for Dumaguete, that are, to make it a study haven considering that it is known as a “university-town”, a tourist destination, a place for doing business and investing, and a health and wellness destination.
Martinez said at least 25 Singaporean nationals came to study English at the Negros Oriental State University last year, instead of going to the United Kingdom or to the United States, where it is more expensive to learn it as a second language.
He noted that other foreign nationals like Koreans, Chinese and Japanese, among others, are also studying in Dumaguete.
On tourism, Martinez said Dumaguete and other parts of Negros Oriental have much to offer, such as great scuba diving sites, caving, golf, mountain trekking, white water rapids, cultural, historical and ethnic cuisine, among others.
As to making Dumaguete a health and wellness destination, the NOCCI chief challenged the business sector to consider putting up assisted-living homes for the elderly.
Martinez said there are now two new hospitals being constructed to address the needs for health and medical care because of a growing population and the overflow of patients.
American business magazine Forbes named Dumaguete as one of the best retirement places in the world, and a health and wellness-friendly place.*PNA
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