Batangas Gov. Vi urges responsible environment tourism

March 19, 2013 9:24 am 

SAN NICOLAS, Batangas Mar 18 — Batangas and San Nicolas top officials welcomed the tourism delegations from Tagaytay City to the first Tagaytay City- San Nicolas Tourism joint council meeting here recently.

Batangas Governor Vilma Santos Recto called for unity and cooperation among the tourism officials of the neighboring localities surrounding the Taal Volcano landscape and protected areas.

The lady governor encouraged the tourism council workers to harness the natural attractions, rich resources and beauty of the protected area and landscape and to enhance tourism programs in the area.

Governor Vi also pledged her support through the conservation and protection efforts of the provincial government on the natural beauty and resources of the volcanic lake.

At the onset of summer, tourists come in droves and influx of travellers and adventurers take to the cool and refreshing highlands and the ambience of the coastal towns along Taal Lake as must destinations.

Governor Vi encouraged tourism councils to set aside ticklish issues on which locality has the tourism advantage over the others because the protected area and landscape is God’s natural gift to all.

She urged all stakeholders of the natural resources and famous destination here to be responsible stewards and caretakers of the site and its environs.

The tourism council summit of both the Batangas towns surrounding Taal Volcano and Tagaytay City, Cavite is aimed at transcending the natural boundaries to make local and foreign tourists trips to the scenic sites productive, exciting and enjoyable.

Tagaytay City provides the scenic and breath-taking view from the highlands on Taal Volcano while San Nicolas is known as the “Gateway to Taal Volcano” providing an adventure-filled volcano trekking, river and lake tour and bird watching.

The joint tourism council meeting proposed to institutionalize tourism partnerships through the Mutual Development Exchange for programs and tourism development projects covered in the sisterhood agreement forged last year.

Tagaytay City Tourism officer Leilani Diesta led the city delegation composed of owners, operators and operating executives of the city’s tourism business establishments, resorts, restaurants and hotels.

The delegates also participated in the tourism package of San Nicolas including the Pansipit River, Taal Lake boat tour and the famous bird watching at the “Itim na Bato” (Black Rock) Bird Sanctuary.

The tour forms part of the Mutual Promotion in Tourism agreement that enhances tourism packages of the sister localities promoting Taal Volcano and its lake. (PNA)



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