TACLOBAN CITY- A tourism official in the region lauded the effort of the An Waray party-list group and the city government of Tacloban in coming up tourism promotional billboards.
Norberto ‘Bing’ Lumbre, senior tourism promotions officer of the Department of Tourism (DOT), said that the campaign launched by the An Waray party-list group and the Tacloban city government through its tourism office, complements with their campaign to attract local tourists to visit the region’s tourist destinations.
He also said that the information contained in the promotional campaign billboard like the distance of these tourism attractions to Tacloban City, the regional capital, is very helpful.
Found in the billboards are basic information on the tourist destination, tour rates and contact information.
On July 27, former An Waray party-list congressman Florencio ‘Bem’ Noel and city tourism officer Malou Tabao unveiled the tourism promotional billboards at the Tacloban new bus terminal and in one of the city’s private passenger van terminals.
“This will encourage locals to patronize local tourist destinations and give information on what to expect in these places. Many people in region 8 have visited destinations in other parts of the country and even outside the country, but never visited local destinations” Noel said.
Photos of the unveiled tourism destinations were the Sambawan Island in Maripipi Biliran; Biri rock formations in Northern Samar and the Kalangaman Island in Palompon, Leyte.
Tabao said that the initiative is supported by the city government as tourists drop by the city being the regional capital.
“This will benefit the city being the commercial center of the region. So let us help promote destinations to create more opportunities in the region,” she added. (LIZBETH ANN A. ABELLA)