Pope’s visit boosts tourism through Pinoy’s hospitality

January 22, 2015 1:20 am 

By Ric V. Obedencio

PANGLAO, Bohol, Jan. 21 (PNA) — The 5-day apostolic visit of Pope Francis to the country last week, including the one in Leyte for him to see the supertyhoon and ‘quake victims, could boost the tourism industry, Rommel Gonzales, manager of the posh Bellevue resort in this tourist town, said.

The visit of the Pope “is a very good impact to visit the Philippines,” Gonzales said, adding that “It’s just goes to show that the Philippines has many places to see” because of the hospitality of Pinoys.

He said that despite the tropical storm that threatened the Pope’s visit, still the Filipinos were able to manage to see the Pope.

“It shows our solidarity and very good aspect of tourism due to the hospitality and fun-loving of the Filipinos,” Gonzales said during the Meet The Press yesterday in this town launched by the Bohol Tri-media Association and hosted by Bellevue resort.

Rev. Fr. Jefferey Malanog, vicar-general of the Tagbilaran diocese was the guest of the press conference. BMTA president Peter Dejaresco, Fred Araneta and Lito Responte of DyRD and DyTr, respectively, anchored the said presscon along with members of the association.

Tourism appeared vibrant again with the influx of the guests recently especially during the Christmas season after a year of slackened arrivals following the onslaught of the October 15, 2013 earthquake and recent several typhoons.

For his part, Alona Tropical resort in this town Francisco Montero, who is also a town councilor, said in interview that tourism has bounced back following the series of calamities.

He said he fully understands a situation when calamities struck this town that resulted to a lull, saying he just kept his patience till the waiting for boom comes in. And now, tourism is back on its feet again. And this he proves based on checked in visitors in his resort. Alona Tropical caters middle income earners and working class, he said.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) region 7 bared that Bohol posted 334,899 tourist arrivals during January-September 2014 period, reports said.

Bohol is still behind Negros Oriental that received 381,204 tourists during the same period. Cebu’s 2,083,046 tourists is the biggest among the region’s four provinces. Siquijor had 31,619 visitors, DOT said.

During the same period, the arrivals account for domestic tourists “1,696,670 posting a 4.45 percent growth rate while foreign arrivals increased to 1,124,854 having a growth of 7.58 percent,” DOT said in the report. (PNA)

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