WITH the rising interest in health and wellness, the Cebu City Tourism Commission (CCTC) will work with eco-farm owners to revitalize tourism and capture the market who are now slowly going out to enjoy nature.
CCTC chairperson Joy Pesquera reminds those that have reopened to strictly observe safety guidelines. The group is also evaluating if these farms are prepared to handle guests while following health protocols.
She added that the group is studying the need to update tourism ordinances, considering the coronavirus pandemic, changing market preferences and the new business environment.
“We are looking into the amendment of the tourism ordinances in light of the required health protocols. We are still in the process of reviewing the ordinances,” she said.
Recently, the Department of Tourism 7 urged farm tourism operators to secure accreditation and to adapt to the current guidelines in reopening their properties.
DOT 7 Director Shahlimar Tamano said they are tapping farm tourism products to be marketed as new outdoor destinations.
Because foreign leisure travel is not yet allowed, Tamano said the DOT is relying on the domestic market to reinvigorate the country’s tourism industry. (JOB)