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By: Eleanor Valeros | Published Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Booking for tourism-related activities in the Province of Cebu may now be done through

Provincial Tourism Officer Maria Lester “Marti” Ybanez disclosed this in the first meeting today, July 28, of the Cebu Provincial Tourism Task Force with Governor Gwendolyn Garcia as chairperson. 

Department of Tourism (DOT) 7 Director Shahlimar Tamano and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) 7 Assistant Secretary Asteria “Aster” Caberte are vice chairpersons.

The online booking portal is intended to control the number of visitors of tourism-related activities such as whaleshark watching, canyoneering, island-hopping, diving, and waterfalls-sightseeing, among others.

Health protocols and guidelines limit the number of visitors to half of the original carrying capacity of each site or activity. 

For example, whale shark watching will only be catering to a thousand visitors in the new normal setup. Canyoneering will now cater to 600 guests only (300 heads in Alegria and 300 in Badian).

No walk-ins are allowed but should guests travel to the site without prior booking, they will be asked to sign up to the portal first, as instructed by Governor Garcia in her previous livestream reports.

Relaunch of tourism activities will begin with the whale-watching activity in Oslob this Friday, July 31. Reboot in water activities in Moalboal such as snorkeling and sardine run is set on August 1, while Barili All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Adventure is set on August 2.

The booking portal offers information on the tours available, location, rates, the mandatory health protocols and standards specific to each activity, as well as payment mode.

The portal is run by the Provincial Tourism Office but inquiries will be handled by a team of call handling specialists for premium experience right at the beginning of the call. (Eleanor Valeros)