THE island-province of Guimaras is ready to receive tourists this summer especially now that Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan is set for closure this Apr. 26, 2018, said provincial tourism officerLiberty Ferrer.
Ferrer said the Provincial Tourism Office (PTO) recently convened the owners of accommodation establishments, boat operators, and municipal tourism officers of Jordan, Buenavista, Nueva Valencia, Sibunag, and San Lorenzo to discuss tourism concerns to ensure that guests will have fun and memorable stay in the island.
To date, the PTO conducts an inventory of rooms, and will later categorize them into accredited, endorsed, and non-endorsed.
The “accredited” establishments passed the standard requirements for the Department of Tourism (DOT) accreditation while the “endorsed” establishments met the requirements to operate a business.
“We have asked the municipalities to monitor the non-endorsed establishments or those that operate without permit,” Ferrer said.
Ferrer said it is advantageous for the establishments to apply for accreditation and have proper permits to be recognized by the DOT accredited operators.
Domestic and foreign tourists can enjoy various tourism destinations in the island. “We have 7 tourism circuits – agri-eco, sightseeing, island hopping, bike, religious and heritage, community-based rural tourism (CBRT) and experiential, and educational and research,” she said.
This May, the PTO expects a surged of guests for the Manggahan Festival, which also coincides with the Silver Anniversary of the Province hood of Guimaras.
Aside from its natural wonders, tourists are assured of a peaceful stay in the island. Records from the Guimaras Police Provincial Office (GPPO) showed that there were only 3,962 crime incidents in the province from January 2016 to December 2017. (TDG News)