ILOILO City – The Department of Tourism in Western Visayas (DOT-6) targets a daily average of 350 domestic and foreign tourists who will visit the island-province of Guimaras.
This, after the launching of the Oplan #LoveGuimaras Assistance Package (OLAP) held recently in Parola here.
The launching was marked with the turnover of colorful umbrellas for the use of passengers and tourists at the embarkation/disembarkation points located at Parola Wharf here and Buenavista and Jordan wharves in Guimaras.
DOT-6 regional director Helen Catalbas said the initiative was implemented in order to help the island-province revive its tourism industry which turned inactive after the Aug. 3 sea tragedy.
“We are projecting 126,000 tourists to visit Guimaras after the launching of Oplan #LoveGuimaras Assistance Package or OLAP for the next 12 months,” Catalbas added.
She said that given an average of 350 domestic and foreign tourists visiting the province, the figure could accumulate to 10,500 tourists per month, from Oct. 31, 2019 to Oct. 30, 2020.
Catalbas added the agency was projecting tourist receipts amounting to P425,817,000 for Guimaras.
“The launching of OLAP is just the beginning,” she said, adding that they will roll out several activities that will entice more visitors.
Part of this initiative is the holding of a fashion show dubbed “United Colors of Guimaras” to be slated January next year; a familiarization tour for travel agents and tour operators and an art exhibition, which are both targeted to be held on February.(With a report from PIA/PN)