2nd Ambassador’s Tour set on May 2 to 5 in Cebu and Bohol

April 29, 2015 4:52 am 

CEBU CITY, April 28 — The second Ambassador’s Tour to the Philippines is set on May 2 to 5 in Cebu and Bohol, a statement from the Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, malaysia said.

The Department of Tourism (DOT) 7 Regional Office in Cebu and the offices of Cebu Governor Hilario Davide III and Bohol Governor Edgardo Chatto are assisting the embassy in the tour, the statement said.

Philippine Ambassador to malaysia J. Eduardo Malaya said now is the best time to visit the Philippines as the country hosts a major international conference, and with its strong economic growth.

“For one, the Philippine Government has declared this year as Visit Philippines Year 2015 (VPY 2015). The flurry of festivals, concerts, conferences, other activities and events lined up will draw in both domestic and foreign tourists in the country. The country is also hosting the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings, where its member economies will congregate in different Philippine cities to talk about inclusive growth for their citizens and during their downtime, take in all the beautiful sights the Philippines has to offer,” Malaya said.

The second Ambassador’s Tour followed the highly-successful ‘Ambassador’s Tour to the Philippines’ in November 2013.

“This is mainly because the participants of the first Tour informed us that they would like to join the tour again and promised us that they will bring in more friends and family to join. Cebu and Bohol are increasingly becoming major Philippine tourist destinations. It is an opportunity for our Malaysian friends to see other parts of the country,” Malaya said.

Participants of the three-day/four-night tour will fly directly to Cebu from Kuala Lumpur on May 2, where they will be immediately treated to a city tour, with visits to a guitar factory and workshops on hand painting and fashion accessory.

Cebu is well-known for its guitars and fashion accessories. They will then be feted to a welcome dinner.

The next day will have the participants explore Cebu’s world-class islands and beaches in an island-hopping tour, with opportunities for snorkeling and fish feeding in a marine sanctuary, a fishing village tour and a picnic barbeque lunch on the island.

The participants will also have an opportunity to go on a day tour of Bohol province, where they will be treated to a countryside tour, visit the world-famous Chocolate Hills, see the world’s smallest primates in their natural environment at the tarsier reserve and have a lunch while cruising the Loboc River before returning to Cebu.

Before they fly back to Kuala Lumpur the next day, they will have the chance to see Spanish colonial influences in Cebu in historical sights such as the Magellan’s Cross, the Basilica del Sto. Nino, Casa Gorordo and the Cebu Heritage Monument in Cebu City.

The four day tour costs RM2788 or Php 33,456 (half twin) and RM3288 or Php 39,456 (single) to include the Bohol day tour.

The fee includes three-nights hotel stay with daily breakfast in a four-star hotel, meals, transfers and tours with English-speaking local guide.

Official carrier is AirAsia, which flies directly to Cebu from Kuala Lumpur.

Ambassador Malaya also thanked Malaysians for discovering more of the Philippines, as Malaysia posted the highest growth in tourist arrivals at 27.24 percent increase with 139,245 arrivals in 2014, and became the Philippines’ ninth largest tourist market. (PNA)



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