60 Chinese tourists enjoying beauty of Mayon

February 24, 2015 10:46 am 

By Emmanuel P. Solis

LEGAZPI CITY, Feb. 23 (PNA) – Sixty Chinese tourists from Guandong Province are now here enjoying the beauty of Mayon and other tourist spots in Albay, especially this city.

Legazpi City Mayor Noel E. Rosal said the Chinese tourists arrived on Friday at the city airport via Manila from Guandong and will stay up to Tuesday.

They were welcomed by Rosal, Department of Tourism (DOT)-Bicol Regional Director Maria Ong-Ravanilla and businessman Elizaldy Co, owner of the posh Misibis Bay Resort in the nearby town of Cagraray Island in Bacacay, Albay.

The group represents the first batch of a series of Chines tourist arrivals arranged by the City Government of Legazpi and the management of the Misibis Bay as part of the city’s tourism promotion program.

Guandong Province is located in South China and occupies a land area of 178,000 square kilometers.

It is rich in fish and rice.

Rosal said the Chinese visitors are very much attracted to the view of the perfect cone-shaped Mayon Volcano, the beauty of the Lignon Hill View Deck and the perfect ambiance of the city’s boulevard.

Based on the data recorded by the City Tourism Office, he said, the city has achieved a total of 579,470 tourist arrivals, both foreign and domestic, in 2014, which in turn resulted in the city’s ranking 14th place in the country’s best tourist destination.

The mayor pointed out that his administration is aggressively working for the effective tourism promotion and continuous hosting of more conventions as well as seminars and other similar big gatherings to help achieve the target of 700,000 tourist arrivals this year.

The city aims to be included in the list of the DOT’s top 10 best tourist destinations in the country.

The city chief executive revealed that the City Tourism Office has already recorded 23 conventions to be held in our city, two of which are the APEC-Meeting/Workshop on Rebuilding Resilient Infrastructure on July 23-24 and the APEC-Senior Disaster Management Officials Forum on Sept. 14-15.

“This number of big gatherings is expected to increase until the yearend because we are always encouraging and inviting different giant organizations from Metro Manila and other parts of the country to hold their occasions in Legazpi, he added.

In 2014, at least 1,000 Chinese tourists visited this locality via direct flights from Xiamen City of Fujan Province in China to Legazpi City Airport during the annual celebration of the Ibalong Festival.

In that same year, members of the Philippine Travel Exchange (Philtex) composed of foreign travelers from Russia, China, Malaysia, Australia and Taiwan joined in a tree-planting activity in the Legazpi City Boulevard in Barangay Puro.

Most of them were tour operators who conducted a city tour in Manila and business talks with the local sellers, which included hotel owners and other local tour operators.(PNA)

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