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  • Writer's pictureChristian Malnawa

Search for Best Tourism Village 2024 opens; P2M cash prizes awaits winners

Updated: Jun 18

Tabuk City, Kalinga – Following the success of the second edition of the ‘Search for Best in Tourism Villages’, the competition is back this year offering P2 million in cash prizes to winners.

The competition is open for existing and emerging community-led tourism villages in the six provinces in the region.

Applicants who have previously participated are welcome to join anew but only those who have completed their tourism projects and corresponding liquidation reports shall be allowed.

Application forms for those who have the intent of joining may secure said documents in their respective tourism offices. It can also be downloaded through this link.

After submission of entries, applicants will be evaluated by a screening committee and if qualified, the Department of Tourism – Cordillera will notify them for the conduct of ocular inspection and validation.

The competition will still adopt the criteria from last year which include sustainable management, socio-economic and rural development sustainability, cultural sensitivity and environmental sustainability. Each of these criteria equates to 25 percent.

The deadline for application will be on September 6, 2024.

For the cash prizes, first place winner is entitled to P1 million, second prize – P500,000 and third prize winner– P200,000. Three runners-up, meantime, will be given P100,000 each.

To kick start this year’s edition, the tourism department is visiting new and prospective applicants from the eastern part of Mountain Province which includes Barlig and Paracelis and Ifugao – Aguinaldo and Alfonso Lista towns.

The agency said the search ‘aims to empower communities by involving them directly in efforts to enhance preparedness and sustainability in their tourism practices.’

“By participating in this initiative, tourism villages can seize opportunities for economic growth and improve their overall welfare, help promote the region and strengthen its position as a haven for ecological and sustainable tourism activities,” the tourism agency added.

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