Benguet tourism code in the works

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Sunday, July 20, 2014


LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Board Member Robert Namoro said crafting of the Benguet Tourism Code is in progress.

Namoro said the crafting of the tourism code will be the baseline of the newly formed Provincial Tourism, Culture and the Arts Council, which will focus on both tourism and culture.

Namoro said while final steps are being undertaken to compete the provincial code on tourism, each municipality has been asked to formulate their own tourism plan.

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Data gathering for the overall code has likewise been established, tapping all tourism stakeholders in the province to pitch in and give input.

Namoro said collating of data gathered for areas with a set tourism code is also underway.

“We are now strengthening information dissemination for tourism, taking people from the grassroots level to help,” Namoro said.

The crafting of the code assures the sector of a steady funding as well as continuity of activities to fully promote and maintain identified areas as tourist destinations.

Namoro said steady funding for projects as well as tourism related activities will no longer be a problem once a tourism code is made.

At present, the province is reaping the rewards of a thriving sports tourism sector with local and international events finding its way into the highlands.

Sports adventure and eco–tourism activities have been increasing in the province with events held in Bokod, Kapangan and Kibungan centered on sports tourism like trekking, mountain biking, running and various altitude sports. These likewise promote the beauty and natural terrain of the province.

The Provincial Tourism, Culture and the Arts Council is set to meet at the end of the month to formulate strategies in how to improve tourism in the province.

The preservation, protection and conservation of the local cultural and historical heritage of the province will also be a primary concern of the body with the conduct of cultural events to promote culture arts and heritage.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 21, 2014.

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