TACLOBAN CITY – Eastern Visayas will be joining the Central Philippines Tourism Expo which will be held at the Iloilo Convention Center from June 16 to 18.

The expo is a collaboration between the regions of Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, Central Visayas, and Eastern Visayas, and hosted by Western Visayas, showcasing their respective destinations and other tourism products.

The three-day expo consists of six events which include the parade of festivals, tourism expo, business-to-business (B2B) meeting, product presentation and cultural performances, regional launching of “Bisita Be My Guest” program, and the post-tour/travel exchange.

At least eight local government units from the region are to participate in the expo including six travel and tour agencies, covering six booths, the Department of Tourism (DOT)-8 said.

The travel and tour agencies include Lorraine Travel and Tours, SMR Travel and Tours, Viaje Holidays Travel Services, Marsdenisse Travel and Tours, HIS Travel and Tours, and IM Travel Corporation.

Participating LGUs include Southern Leyte which will showcase its twin islands of San Pedro and San Pablo in Hinunangan town; the historical town of Limasawa Island, and the world-class diving sites along Sogod Bay; Samar province which is known for Sohoton Cave, the Olot Torpedo Extreme Adventure River Cruise, the Marabut Rock Formations, and various waterfalls like the Lulugayan in Calbiga town and Tarangban Falls in Calbayog City; and Burauen town in Leyte province for its ‘Tanguile’ trail tour package within the Mahagnao Volcano Natural Park.

Also joining them are the municipalities in the fourth district of Leyte, namely, Palompon where the popular Kalanggaman Island is located; Matag-ob known for its Bondari Peak; Isabel town that is promoting educational tourism due to the presence of Philippine Associated Smelting and Refining (PASAR) Corp., the only smelting plant in the country and mountain restaurants, Merida and Albuera for their mountain and beach resorts.

The Buraburon Festival of Burauen town, one of the most awarded festivals in Eastern Visayas is also set to perform during the festival parade at the said tourism expo.