Cebu tour operators and guides need funds to conduct site assessment

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RECOVERY. In order to help Cebu’s tourism sector rebound, Cebu tour guides and operators are willing to conduct site assessment on areas that can be marketed to tourists. The photo shows the famous Kawasan Falls after Typhoon Odette hit Cebu Province on December 16, 2021. / EARL VINCENT ENDAB

Tour guides and operators in Cebu are seeking government funding so they can conduct product reviews or eye inspections at tourist sites ready to market to tourists.

Alice Queblatin, President of Cebu Tour Operators Specialists Association, said it was their way of helping Cebu’s tourism sector recover from the wrath of Typhoon Odette (Rai) on December 16, 2021.

“We are ready to offer a package, but first we need to assess the tourist sites and activities that are feasible or regular packages that are ready to market,” Queblatin said during a recent tourism consultation for all. central actors. Visayas.

Queblatin said 172 tour guides were affected by Tyhoon Odette.

According to the Department of Tourism’s partial report 7, the estimated damage to tourist sites reached 9.9 million pesos as of January 14, 2022. Damage to the tourism industry in Central Visayas was assessed at 2.5 billion pesos.

Queblatin said they could come up with a culinary road trip, for example, but needed to identify towns in the region with culinary interests. They could also offer a pilgrimage circuit highlighting religious sites.

“We will have to focus on the packages that we believe will sell and also based on the demands we have gathered in our markets,” she said.

The Catos manager noted that there was great interest among tour groups for Cebu and Central Visayas to be marketed as a single tour package.

The Cebu Tour Guide Association has also expressed support for Catos’ proposal to organize eye trips to tourist spots in the province.

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