THE tourism masterplan for Central Visayas has not been approved yet, but is expected to be completed by next year, following the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (Tieza) approval of its funding.
National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) 7 Director Efren Carreon said the Tieza will open the bidding for consultants who will draft the masterplan “within eight months.”
“The Central Visayas masterplan is to be formulated yet with the approval of Tieza for its funding,” Carreon told SunStar Cebu on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. Carreon wasn’t privy to the funding amount approved by Tieza.
“The next step is for Tieza to bid for the consultants who will do the study, I think within eight months. Tieza has the terms of reference already,” the region’s chief economic planner said.
Carreon explained that the masterplan will identify new tourism circuits or destinations, promotional materials and collaterals.
It will also identify the support infrastructure projects needed in the region’s four provinces, namely Cebu, Bohol, Siquijor and Negros Oriental.
“It will be completed by next year,” the Neda official said, contrary to a previous report that a masterplan has been approved.
On Nov. 28, 2019, Department of Tourism 7 Director Shahlimar Tamano announced the funding approval for the creation of the region’s tourism masterplan by the Tieza Board.
Carreon sees the need for such masterplan to ensure the sustained growth in one of the region’s main economic growth drivers.
“This will definitely attract more tourists and increase income for our tourism industry which includes many sectors such as transport, hotel, restaurant and malls,” he said.
The masterplan will also help investors determine which areas in tourism they could pour their investments in.
In 2018, Central Visayas recorded around eight million local and foreign tourists.