The provincial government of Negros Occidental is strengthening its collaboration with Amakusa City in Kumamoto Prefecture, Japan, Cristine Mansinares, Negros Occidental provincial supervising tourism operations officer, said yesterday.
Tourism officials, along with representatives of hotel and tourism associations of Amakusa, in southern Japan, are expected to arrive in the province later this month for the tourism business exchange program set on September 26 at Nature’s Village Resort in Talisay City.
Mansinares said the program will expand the tourism market of two local governments, and their Japanese counterparts will also promote the province in their home city.
She said Japan was number three in terms of tourist arrivals in the province in 2018.
Ryuichi Yokoshima, director of Amakusa Hotel Association, said in a media invitation, that during the meeting later this month, they will also present the attractions of their city.
“Amakusa is blessed with beautiful nature and fresh local foods. In 2018, it was registered as a World Heritage Site due to the history of Christianity,” he said.
He noted that the tourism exchange program of their government with the provincial government of Negros Occidental started in 2017, during the time of former governor Alfredo Marañon Jr.*
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