Comval to open new attractions

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014


COMPOSTELA Valley province will be opening three diving sites and five snorkeling sites to the public this summer in time for its Summer Beach Fest, an official said.

Compostela Valley Provincial Tourism Officer Christine T. Dompor, during Wednesday's Club 888 forum at the Marco Polo Hotel, said these sites are located in the marine sanctuary of Mabini Municipality.

"They were identified after the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR)-Davao did a rapid assessment of the possible sites in the area," she said.

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The tourism official requested DENR-Davao to do an assessment on the diving and snorkeling sites that have great potential and that can play host to new good tourism spots.

"The assessment helps determine great diving and snorkeling sites in the area," she said.

As part of the province’s thrust to promote its beaches, 15 fishermen will be singled out to undergo training as reef guides for tourists visiting these sites.

"In a way, this is an environmental move, too, because over fishing has been a problem in the area, and by offering them an alternative livelihood may help in addressing the problem," Dompor said.

She said there are certain species that are endemic only in these sites, like certain species of lapu-lapu and hard and soft corals.

The tourism office will soon come up with a list of endemic marine creatures in the sea off the province.

"We have never offered something like this before to tourists and with the opening of the sites, we hope to increase tourist visits by 10 percent this year," Dompor said.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 03, 2014.

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