NEGROS FIRST! Tourism Promotion
Negros Occidental has a wide array of beautiful scenic spots, parks, exotic resorts, mountains, caves and other natural wonders that offer potentials for private investment in tourism projects and related support services.
With the signing into law of the National Tourism Act of 2009 or Republic Act 9593, the tourism industry can be more globally competitive. Negros Occidental can tap into the opportunities offered by the implementation of this law that declares “a national policy for tourism as an engine of investment, employment, growth and national development.”
The Department of Tourism will lead the establishment of a tourism infrastructure program and coordinate with other agencies to identify vital access roads, airports, seaports and other infrastructure requirement in identified tourism areas, and the province can propose to be included among the priority areas.
To take the lead in tourism development and promotion, we will advocate the establishment of a private sector-led Negros Occidental Tourism Promotions and Development Board, similar to those in Cebu, Davao and Palawan.
We will also prioritize support for domestic tourism and promote rural tourism through “Bed and Breakfast” packages in clean, countryside homes with flowing water and sanitary comfort rooms, and without flies and mosquitoes. Guests can be served clean, home-cooked native meals whose prices are very reasonable and not inflated. This way, the multiplier effect of tourism can be felt by the community market, the tricycle or trisikad drivers, the sari-sari stores, and the rest of the neighborhood. For this program to succeed, we have to prepare all the stakeholders with capacity building workshops to develop a tourism-friendly community.