Published on : Tuesday, February 20, 2018
The Provincial Tourism Officer Joselito Costas said that the Capitol will advertise new destinations as they continue training local government units (LGUs) on sustainable tourism. Costas said, “There will be new destinations this year, local and community-based.”
Costas said that adventure tourism will take center stage, along with ensuring safety of the tourists who buy adventure packages. Road accidents involving tourists may give out a negative image of Cebu’s tourism industry. There would be a meeting involving local stakeholders, LGUs and concerned government agencies this month to discuss tourism safety.
Costas said that Cebu will be at the center of the celebration in Southeast Asia and the organizers have already met with Capitol officials to discuss the celebration. He expects a lot of tourists to come to Cebu due to the 2021 celebration.
Costas said they are working on improving the value chain of faith-based tourism in Cebu and bringing all century-old churches and activities to come up with attractive packages.
“We expect more guests from European countries and Catholic countries. The celebration will also attract history buffs,” said Costas.
The 2021 celebration will also leave room for guests to explore the province’s various tourism strengths like eco-tourism, adventure, culture and business. Religious tourism comprises many facets of the travel industry like pilgrimages, missionary travel, leisure (fellowship) vacations, faith-based cruising, crusades, conventions and rallies, retreats, monastery visits and guest-stays, faith-based camps and religious tourist attractions.