Relaxed travel protocols crucial in business recovery

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CEBU Ocean Park wants to be Cebuanos’ fun escape during this global health and economic crisis.

“We have to start somewhere as we have seen traffic going around and some businesses are opening up. This is for people to enjoy, and we want to bring back happiness because people have been through a lot because of Covid-19,” said Hitesh Sampat, general manager of Cebu Ocean Park.

Sampat said the influx of tourists will depend upon the easing of protocols such as age and travel restrictions by the local government units and the government’s Covid-19 task force.

In October, the government approved the adjustment of age-based stay-at-home restrictions. Persons from 15 to 65 years old are now allowed to go out.

“Once those things are relaxed, I’m sure that tourists will be looking forward to coming here,” he said.

Cebu Ocean Park, touted as the largest oceanarium in the Philippines, soft-opened in August 2019 at the South Road Properties in Cebu City. Seven months later, in April 2020, it temporarily closed its facility due to the global halt in travel and tourism and lockdowns caused by the Covid-19 global pandemic.

Asked how they are going to recover from the losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Sampat said once clients start revisiting them again, that’s when they can recover.

But he stressed that the local government unit and the government’s Covid-19 task force should look into how restrictions can be relaxed to encourage traveling locally with social responsibility.

To attract guests, the Cebu Ocean Park slashed its entrance fee by 20 percent.

The entrance fee on weekdays is now at P450 while on weekends, it is at P570. The park also offers discounted rates for activities like the crocodile cage, sea trek and fish spa.

The park is open from Thursday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. / JOB