Baguio City, Philippines – While other provinces in the region have not yet accepted tourists amid the pandemic, the Department of Tourism (DOT) Cordillera will be working closely with the different Local Government Units (LGUs) in crafting their tourism development plans, said the Department of Tourism OIC Regional Director Jovy Ganongan.
In the whole Cordillera region, only Baguio, as of press time, is permitted to open its tourism business, accommodating two thousand tourists per day. However, DOTR-CAR is also expecting that the other provinces will be allowed to open their tourism towards the end of the fourth quarter of the year or during the first quarter of next year.
Ganongan said that the opening of tourism for the rest of the region depends on their status, which is based on the number of cases and the capability of the local government to provide the necessary healthcare.
She added that the DOT-CAR will help and guide the LGUs in planning and preparing for the safe re-opening of their tourism industry.
She also said that the agency will focus on developing different tourism circuits like new attractions and activities that they can offer to tourists. They will also conduct assessments of existing tourism sites.
Meanwhile, she said that the agency also encourages all tourism stakeholders to get vaccinated as preparation for the permanent re-opening of tourism in the region.
She emphasized that having tourism workers and tourist guides fully vaccinated will build the confidence of tourists coming in to visit their places.
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