40 tourism attractions identified as priority destinations

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Thursday, September 20, 2012


AT LEAST 40 tourism attractions in Eastern Visayas were identified as priority destinations in the newly-drafted sectoral plan.

In northeast Leyte, the destinations for conferences and events are Tacloban City, Palo and Babatngon; Mahagnao Volcano Natural Park in Burauen for nature; and Leyte Sab-a Basin Wetland Agri-Eco Park in Palo, Sta. Fe, Alangalang and San Miguel for agri-educational.

In northwest Leyte are the Leyte Industrial Development Estate in Isabel, Energy Development Corporation Geothermal Steamfield in Ormoc City and Kananga, Pineapple Plantation in Ormoc City, Visayas State University in Baybay City, Lake Danao in Ormoc City, and Tabuk Marine Park in Palompon, Golf Course Urban Amenities in Ormoc and Albuera; Cuatro Islas Hindang and Inopacan for conferences and events; and Mount Pangasugan Nature Park in Baybay for nature, environment and educational tour.

In Biliran, identified sites are Mainit Hot and Cold Springs in Caibiran for nature; Higatangan Island in Naval for diving; and Sambawan Island in Maripipi for marine sport.
 
The Sogod Bay of Southern Leyte, Maasin Zoo in Maasin City, Agas Agas Adventure Park in Sogod, and closed canopy forest in Silago – all cater to adventure, educational and nature activities – are also priority destinations.
 
In Samar are Sohoton Cave in Basey, seascape in Marabut, Ulot watershed ecotourism loop in Paranas, Agutay Island in Daram, Bangon Falls and Rapids in Calbayog City – all target visitors who are enthusiastic in caving, diving and adventure.
 
Attraction in Eastern Samar are Calicoan Island in Guiuan for marine sports and cultural activities, Ando and Divinubo Islands in Borongan City for sun and beach, Amandaraga Falls in Lawaan for nature, closed canopy forest in Borongan City, Maydolong and Llorente for forest adventure.

Northern Samar is keeping its focus on nature, diving, and history by promoting rock formation in Biri; Lalaguna mangrove forest in Lavezares; lighthouse and old church in Capul; World War II cannons in Allen; Lagbangan lake and fish sanctuary in San Antonio; Bangon Rapids, Mawo River, San Abner Falls in Victoria; and Dalakit area and Bobon coastlines in Catarman and Bobon.

Department of Tourism regional director Karina Rosa Tiopes said in selecting the sites, the commitment of the government agencies, local government units and the private sector to implement projects were considered.

The sectoral plan aims to draw more than half a million tourists by 2016. Of the 523,842 target tourists, 485,385 are domestic and 38,460 are foreigners.

The sectoral plan eyes tourist from the region, Central Visayas and National Capital Region. Target foreign tourists are from USA, Australia, Japan, Europe, Korea and China. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)

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