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Moves to make Region 8 a tourist haven ongoing

Tacloban City (October 10) -- There are now ongoing negotiations aimed at aligning Region 8 with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's thrust of making the Central Philippines as the Tourism Capital of the Philippines.

This was revealed by Presidential Assistant Victor A. Domingo who just arrived from Pattaya in Thailand where he, together with Guiuan Mayor Analiza Kwan and hotel owners from Boracay and Palawan, observed the tourism industry of the place.

He said that the beaches in Region 8 are far beautiful than that of Pattaya where the sand looks like clay and the water is murky. Yet there are so many European tourists there because of the infrastructure which is in place. There is a long stretch of beaches and many hotels and tents, just near the beaches.

Secretary Domingo said that the hotel owners in Boracay and Palawan are thinking of Three Beautiful Destinations in One Package-the Boracay, Palawan and Calicoan in Eastern Samar . This means that when the tourists avail of the package, they get to enjoy the beautiful beaches of the three places.

Secretary Domingo, who has always been an advocate of development in the Region said that one of the reasons for the group's going to Thailand is to explore the possibility of buying a 150-cabin cruise ship. When realized, the Cruise Ship will ferry the tourists from Boracay to Palawan and to Calicoan.

This group is serious in making Calicoan the Boracay of the Pacific, Secretary Domingo. They have been to Calicoan and they liked what they saw. These are big time hotel investors and they know what they are doing and what they are talking about.

This will mean a lot not only for the municipality of Guiuan in Eastern Samar but for the whole Region, Secretary Domingo said. The tourism industry in the Region have been lagging behind that of the other Regions in Central Philippines but with the support of all the sectors, it will get the needed push to shine as a tourist destination, he enthusiastically said.

The tourism industry is believed to be the engine of growth and development that will improve the economy of Region 8. Secretary Domingo said that the Region is rich in natural resources and bounties of nature which can lure the tourists to come. More support and cooperation is needed in order to really make the Region, a tourist haven. (PIA 8) [top]

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