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PIA Press Release
2009/06/24

Tourism industry in Southern Leyte shapes up despite need for aggressive marketing and promotions

By Erna Sy Gorne

Maasin City (June 24) -- Investments in support to tourism industry start shaping up in the province despite the need for the local government units to set up a more aggressive marketing and promotional campaigns, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Provincial Director Micheal Nuņez revealed.

Provincial Director Nuņez cited that construction of several facilities to support tourism industry surprisingly sprouted all over the province recently particularly along those areas where dive sites were identified.

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) together with the non-government organization (NGO) German based, GTZed in close coordination with the local government units are drawing an investment code incentives to further encourage investments in the province.

He said the group expects more investment will continue to pour in the near future should an aggressive marketing and promotional campaigns be completely designed for each of the local government units.

He said tourism in Southern Leyte takes off due to newly discovered dive sites that draws thousands of foreigners throughout the world despite the global economic crunch.

Dive sites located in Limasawa, Padre Burgos, municipalities along the Sogod Bay Area and Napantao in San Francisco, the twin islands of San Pedro and San Pablo in Hinunangan and the whale sharks watching in Pintuyan, were among the tourists attractions that begins to call the attention of both local and domestic tourists, he said.

To mention a few, the newly completed construction of a beach resort in Kuting, Macrohon, the Padre Burgos Castle in Tangkaan, Padre Burgos and a hotel in Silago, all of Southern Leyte, were among the most recent investments, he added.

Nuņez added that more tourist destinations were awaiting to be tapped to include the no less than 2,000 - hectares natural forest in Silago, among others.

He is also optimistic of the economic growth to take place in once-the farthest town but due to the opening of Abuyog-Silago road network, Silago has become the nearest point to a commercial airport in Tacloban City throughout the province. (PIA Southern Leyte) [top]

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