THE Province of Negros Occidental, through the Provincial Tourism Office, celebrated the World Tourism Day with the staging of the 20th Tourism Week slated on September 22-27.
This year's theme, "Tourism: Building Peace! Fostering Knowledge!" focuses on Tourism and Rural Development.
Despite the challenges caused by Covid-19, where the tourism industry was put on a standstill, it has never wavered their common standpoint that a celebration is worth realizing under the new normal.
Most of the activities were covered virtually or live via Facebook to share the meaningful celebration (under a new normal) with the Negrenses.
Provincial Tourism Officer Jennylind Cordero with the support of Governor Eugenio Jose V. Lacson, Vice Governor Jeffrey P. Ferrer and members of the Provincial Board proceeded with the weeklong celebration with the participation of all city and municipal tourism officers in the province.
The Provincial Board earlier passed a resolution which declares September 22-27, 2020 as Tourism Week in the Province of Negros Occidental.
Various activities were virtually held and stimulated interests on the achievements of all the city and town tourism officers and their respective offices.
This has led to the awarding of achievers in the field of tourism which contributed to placing the Province of Negros Occidental as the No. 2 tourist destination in Western Visayas and top 12 among the provinces in the Philippines.
Tourism Excellence Awards Winners
The Best City Tourism Officer is Helen Arguelles Cutillar of Sagay City.
The Best Municipal Tourism Officer is Amirose Lavilla of the Municipality of Calatrava.
Best Tourism Office: First Place, Sipalay City, second place, Place Cadiz City and third place, San Carlos City.
Best Marketing Videos:
The top 3 were Sipalay City, Don Salvador Benedicto and Murcia.
Consolation winners were Bago City, Kabankalan City, La Carlota City, San Carlos City and Candoni.
The top 10 contributors for tourism statistics making Negros Occidental number 2 in Western Visayas and 12th among provinces in the country were Sipalay City, San Carlos City, Kabankalan City, Cadiz City, San Enrique, Talisay City, La Carlota City, Bago City, Sagay City and Hinobaan.
The most prompt local government units are Bago City, Cadiz City, La Carlota, Sagay City and Talisay City.
Moreover, the best city tourism officer Helen A. Cutillar of Sagay City in response to her award felt honored and humbled of the top award.
Helen A. Cutillar was named Best City Tourism Officer, representing the Sagay City Tourism Office.
The Provincial Tourism Office led by Jennylind Cordero made a meaningful virtual celebration in the province with the support of the provincial officials and all the tourism officers and their workforce.