THE Department of Tourism (DOT) 7 has outlined tour packages to be sold to Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) delegates during their stay in Cebu later this year.

Southwind Travel and Tours Inc., Destination Specialists Inc. and Wander Lanes Travel and Co., which formed a consortium and won the bidding through PhilGeps, has submitted the final list of tour packages to DOT and Apec National Organizing Committee, and are awaiting approval.

The tour consortium led by Southwinds Travel and Tours Inc. owner Alice Queblatin presented to DOT officials the eight tour packages to be offered to delegates of the technical working group, senior officials and ministerial meetings during the summit here.

“We are ready for the tour segment for Apec. On top of submitting the tour packages, we also did a dry run especially the Cebu Heritage and New Horizons Tour, which is a complimentary tour package shouldered by DOT for the delegates,” said DOT 7 Director Rowena Montecillo.

Apec delegates may avail themselves of tour packages like island-hopping, countryside or highlands tours, diving, spa and wellness, Cebuano food tour, souvenir, and countryside tours in Bohol during the Apec meetings in Cebu in August and September.

Cebu’s hosting of the Apec Summit activities is projected to open opportunities for business and tourism. Montecillo said the Apec is a good occasion for Cebu to show its destinations and hospitality.

The Apec event will bring together 21 world leaders, who will discuss a range of issues with the aim of boosting political and economic ties. Apec member-economies account for over half of the world’s economic output.