Medellin in top 10 list of most visited towns

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014


DESPITE being battered by super typhoon Yolanda last year, Medellin has been declared by the Department of Tourism (DOT) as one of the top 10 most visited towns in Central Visayas.

“It’s important that we repair our tourist spots. We just have to work hard,” Mayor Ricardo Ramirez said in Cebuano.

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The town’s 19 barangays are still recovering from Yolanda’s devastation.

Medellin’s colorful town hall epitomizes this fighting spirit.

The mayor said the town hall was badly damaged by Yolanda and needed major repairs.

After they were done fixing the building, it looks better than ever, he said.

“We did it on purpose that the town hall is very colorful. (It’s) for our children, as a symbol of recovery, hope and inspiration,” said Gilles Anthony Villamor, the town’s tourism officer.

He said the mayor sent them to Campuestohan Highland Resort in Negros Occidental to study its practices.

Recovering

He said the resort offers a bicycle zip-line, so they introduced the trisikad zip-line in the town.

Villamor said tourist arrivals in the first half of this year dropped 30 percent compared to same period last year, or from 30,048 to 20,125. However, tourist arrivals last April and June were higher compared to same months last year.

Revenues from tourism-related services and establishments, though, fell almost by half, he said.

Ramirez, for his part, said he is happy visitors are slowly returning to the town.

Last year’s tourism earnings is P1,502,171 while Jan to June earnings this year is P722,035 or a total of P2.224 million.

Tourist destinations in the town include the “Funtastic Island” in Gibitngil Island; Medellin Zip- Away in Barangay Caputatan, which offers a tricycle zipline; the Medellin Hide Away in Barangay Tindoy, which has a 300-meter-long bamboo boardwalk with videoke establishment, cottages, huts and barbecue grills on both sides; the Discovery Reef, which caters to divers, also in Barangay Tindog; two golf courses; and beach resorts in Barangay Kawit, among others.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 09, 2014.

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