Birth of ‘Tsada Kagay-an’ to boost tourism industry-A A +A
Friday, July 6, 2012
THE Department of Tourism (DOT) in Northern Mindanao lauded the introduction of “Tsada Kagay-an,” a vehicle mobile tour guide servicing both local and foreign tourists, saying it will boost local tourism in Cagayan de Oro.
Tourism Regional Director Catalino Chan said Tsada Kagay-an, created by the Bohemian Express Travel and Tours and launched last Wednesday, would definitely push the economic upturn of the locality via the tourism industry.
Several dignitaries from the private sector, including the Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Association (Cohara), are expected to benefit from it, and more guests are expected to seek accommodations first before their tours.
“Tsada” means “nice,” while Kagay-an stands for Cagayan de Oro.
Chan said small entrepreneurs would also benefit from Tsada Kagay-an tours and stops-by at significant venues in the city.
Tsada Kagay-an will ferry tourists around the city while facilitators provide relevant information on the history of the City of Golden Friendship.
Chan urged the public, especially those engaging in the tourism business, to support Tsada Kagay-an by encouraging locals and foreign tourists to buy its services.
He also urged the organizers to provide competitive and persuading packages to tourists.
Maria Teresa Picardol, manager of Bohemian Express Travel and Tour, said Tsada Kagay-an is the first city tour project, "and it's something we could call our own."
Picardol said the project also promotes local products and culture that local entrepreneurs should also show support.
For a minimal fee of P599, guests will already experience half-day nice trips and be amazed while exploring the natural wonders in the city, including the city's well-developed white water rafting. Cagayan de Oro is dubbed as the Philippines' rafting capital.
While touring, guests would enjoy riding with the coaster and be provided with accredited tour guide, tour coordinator, a bottle of water, and pastel bread filled with creamy fillings courtesy of Missy Bon-Bon; and first aid kits and free of museum entrance fees.
Among the itinerary of every tour are trips at the heart of the city divisoria, St. Augustine Cathedral, Gaston Park, La Castilla Museum, Museo de Oro (Xavier University) City Museum, Pasalubong Center, Plaza de Los Heroes, General Mc Arthur Marker, Limketkai Center and Cogon market.
Tour schedules are during Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. at the Tourism Show House in Divisoria. For bookings, Tsada Kagay-an can be reached at hotlines: 858-1554 and/or 0917-7032600.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on July 07, 2012.