The Camiguin provincial government rolled out Friday its “Isle be There” rebranding theme to welcome tourists with a fresh start from the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.
Gov. Xavier Jesus Romualdo said the new tourism slogan is part of the provincial government’s transformation and development plans, with communities and establishments cooperating for its success.
“We are also going for the digitalization, to have ‘Smart Tourism’ where tourists can enjoy the island (with ease),” Romualdo said during the opening program.
With the use of technology, the governor said visitors can be given ample service and security throughout their stay in the island province.
Since January, the governor said the province has received 800,000 tourists and expects to reach a million by 2025.
Romualdo also bared the PHP250-million worth Mantigue Island Tourism Plan, which aims to improve the facilities for water and power, waste management, docking and mooring, guest services and amenities, safety and security and emergency response.
Another highlight of Camiguin’s tourism campaign is the lowering of restrictions on tourists who have not availed of Covid-19 vaccines.
Under the new directives, unvaccinated tourists can visit the island provided that they present a negative Covid-19 test taken in the last two days from a Department of Health-accredited clinic or testing center.
Unvaccinated minors aged 11 and below are no longer requested for test results. (PNA)