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‘N. Oriental won’t be left out anymore’

Posted by Michille on August 29th, 2006

‘N. Oriental won’t be left out anymore’ – Sun.Star Dumaguete!

PROVINCIAL Board Member Mariant Escaño-Villegas, chairman of the Regional Tourism Council, assured that Negros Oriental would not be left out anymore in the promotional package for local tourist destinations.

Villegas gave the assurance after last July’s setback when the province was not included in the promotional package to American dignitaries who visited only Bohol and Cebu.

After checking out the report about the American officials’ visit with the regional office of the Department of Tourism, she learned that the visit was organized by the local tourism in Cebu City.

“That is why when we learned about it, we told them (Cebu tourism officials) to introduce us so that they (American officials) would know we exist,” Escaño said.

But this time, Villegas said Negros Oriental would be included in the promotional package for tourist destinations.

“We toured the tourists spots of the four provinces to determine which of them are ready for the promotional packages,” she said.

“We are ashamed that our top officials are seated in Regional Council and yet we are being left behind,” Villegas said, referring to her position as head of Regional Tourism Council and that of Governor George Arnaiz as chairman of the same body.

Villegas said to further boost the province’s tourism industry, the regional tourism council decided to hold the Central Visayas Regional Tourism Assembly in Dumaguete City on September 1, 2006.

She is optimistic that participants from Cebu, Bohol, Siquijor, and Negros Oriental would enjoy their visit of the country’s tourist destinations.

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One Response to “‘N. Oriental won’t be left out anymore’”

  1. Corey Says:

    Part of Dumaguete’s charm, in particular, is that it has not yet been seen as a mainstream tourist destination. When I hear stories about rampant over-commercialization in places like Boracay I fear the same could completely strip Dumaguete and the surrounding areas of its culture. Of course, tourism can also help bring new jobs and increase the standard of living, so perhaps there can be a balance.

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