First Island Advocacy Tour starts on Monday Print
Saturday, 02 June 2018 11:59

First island advocacy tour series to commence on Monday

It’s all systems go for the First Island Advocacy Tour on Monday, June 4, 2018 at the Sta. Cruz Island.

The advocacy tour is a series of tours featuring the Great Sta. Cruz Island intended for the various tourism stakeholders. This program is aimed at giving the stakeholders an educational and informative tour of Sta. Cruz Island. It shall include an orientation about the island being an ecotourism destination and the city’s banner destination, at the same time educate the participants why it is classified as a protected area. The Protected Area Management Unit (PAMU) will discuss with participants about the protection, conservation and preservation practices of the island and will likewise conduct a tour of the lagoon and sandbar.

The first leg shall involve the barangay officials of the 98 barangays and representatives from the Media. The barangays are significant tourism players that must be updated with relevant and latest tourism information and data being the source of existing and potential ecotourism destinations. The office likewise recognize the vital role of the Media industry in assisting the local government in delivering  factual data and information to the public especially those relating to important and crucial areas of ecotourism Ecotourism. The International Ecotourism Organization recognizes ecotourism as a growing segment of the global industry that is making significant positive contributions to the environmental, social, cultural, and economic well-being of destinations and local communities around the world.

This advocacy program launched by the City Tourism Office came as a follow-through of the 1st Barangay Tourism Forum last March 2017 involving the ninety-eight (98) barangays in the city and as a result of the cross visit of City Tourism Sarita Hernandez to other key ecoutourism areas and destinations in Visayas and Mindanao in April, 2018. The cross-visits program was favorably recommended by Mayor Beng Climaco and was made in coordination with the Wildlife Protect of USAID.

The first leg of the program shall run for fifteen (15) days. Six (6) barangays shall be accommodated per day with the schedules pre-arranged by the City Tourism Office. A barangay is allowed a maximum of ten (10) slots for the same. (TOURISM PR)