Sipalay City moves to boost local tourism
Negros Occ. (27 February) -- Internationally acclaimed tourist spot, Sipalay City, is mulling on opening its port to a ferry system and operate an airstrip in a bid to improve transportation going to the city and boost tourism in the area.
In a statement, Sipalay City mayor Soledad Montilla said the city aims to ensure a sustainable tourism industry by putting in–place plans to make the city accessible by air and sea to local and foreign tourists.
City officials are now coordinating with the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) and the neighboring islands to realize the plan.
"As a support to tourism, we have now taken steps to have our Campomanes Eco-pier to be included in with the port system of the PPA, " she said.
Talks are now also now on-going with neighboring places like Puerto Princesa and Antique for the opening of a ferry service connecting to the locality in coordination with MARINA.
Furthermore, "we have explored the possibility of operating an old mining airstrip to boost tourist arrival in the city."
More plans are being put up to maximize the potential of the beach, scuba and leisure paradise that capture the fancy of more than 27, 386 foreign and local tourists in 2008.
Montilla revealed that tourism has always been the lifeblood of the city since year 2000 when it embarked on a tourism. (PIA) [top]