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Tourism Authority Explores Promising Locations in Negros Oriental

The Negros Oriental Tourism Board has been assigned the task of identifying fresh prospects for both local and international travelers exploring this section of the Central Visayas region.

Woodrow Maquiling Jr., Executive Director of the Tourism Board and concurrently the head of the Provincial Tourism Council, stated on Wednesday that this initiative aligns with Governor Manuel “Chaco” Sagarbarria’s commitment to broadening the province’s tourism sector.

Maquiling informed the Philippine News Agency (PNA) that the governor is concentrating on advancing new tourism initiatives, particularly in the northern part of the province, specifically within the first district. He emphasized the provincial government’s goal to ensure that tourism development is not confined to the second and third districts.

During a recent meeting with tourism stakeholders, Maquiling addressed concerns about the apparent neglect of the first district in the province’s tourism promotions, stating that there are numerous untapped potentials in Negros Oriental.

“We are exploring ways to set these potentials in motion within the tourism sector,” Maquiling remarked.

In the coming days, Maquiling and his team, which includes travel guides and tour operators, will conduct on-site inspections of potential destinations in Canlaon City in the first district. These areas comprise rice terraces, waterfalls, and existing attractions like the centuries-old Balete tree, which can be further developed to attract more tourists.

The Hinakpan “chocolate hills” in Guihulngan City, also within Negros Oriental’s first district, will be among the newly identified areas included in the province’s tourism package.

Source: PNA

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