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PIA Press Release
2009/02/26

DOT appeals to city officials: Reconsider ban on entry of tour transports

Iloilo City (26 February) -- Tourism Regional Director Edwin Trompeta has appealed in a letter to Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Trenas to consider the problems encountered by tour operators whose tour programs are affected by the ban on the entry of tour transport bringing visitors to the major tourism spots in the city.

In his letter Trompeta said that the city has invested so much in inviting tourists and has promised them safe, comfortable and convenient stay and now has implemented a policy to ban entry of tour buses.

Trompeta added it is not only the city investing in tourism but the private sector also that spends millions for promotion, in the form of tour and travel business, souvenir shops, transport facilities, hotels, bars and restaurants.

"These facilities and services would not be economically viable if not for the tourists and visitors that patronize them," Trompeta said.

The tourism chief further said that the city tourism office has done so much to promote the city's tourism industry and if the ban continues, these efforts will go down the drain.

"The City of Iloilo is not just about Dinagyang, Chinese New Year, or Paraw Regatta. He city is seen and understood better through its history and culture," Trompeta said in his letter.

In related concerns, many tour operators have already given feedbacks to the DOT regarding their difficulties. (PIA6/ESS) [top]

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