DOT welcomes Baguio Metropolis’s opening to visitors from Luzon beginning Oct. 22

BAGUIO CITY – Department of Tourism (DOT) welcomes the idea of ​​the Baguio City Government (LGU) branch to open its doors to visitors from Luzon, especially National Capital Region (NCR) and Regions 2 and 3, from October 22, 2020, noting that for tourists to create tourist activities that will help to speed up the process.

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The new growth was announced at the DOT-Baguio Post Opening Assessment held today by Secretary of Tourism Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Mayor Benjamin Magalong, Representative Mark Go, and other tourism stakeholders in the City of Pines. The new health and safety measures will be recently completed together with the Inter-Agency Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) technical Working Group (TWG).

“Listening to the views of visitors and participants is essential for us to continue to organize tourism in Baguio, which is the purpose of this conference,” Puyat said in his opening remarks.

Puyat noted that only 200 guests will be allowed per day from October 22 will ensure that guests are well managed. In the meantime, the recordings will be displayed on the Baguio Visitor Information and Travel Assistance or VIS.ITA platform, which receives 2,000 subscribers and 200 requests since its inception on September 22.

While the requirement for visitors to reserve their travel through a DOT accredited agency is currently in place, they will still need to reserve a DOT-approved accommodation provided with a Certificate of Performance.

“Now that we have a real tourist population, the city has important places and important answers that you can move forward from this first season,” added Puyat.

DOT funded the Baguio state VIS.I.TA program through the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), to support the reopening of the city for tourists, starting with the Ridge and Reef access route to the La Union, Pangasinan, Ilocos Sur, and Ilocos Norte regions. (BLUPISIN).

“It was a privilege to work with the Baguio government at this time. We have seen firsthand how they make informed decisions to ensure security and reopen tourism to bring jobs and lives to the victims of the epidemic. The Ridge and Reef Project is one of the things that is happening to get our companies back on track, and the whole country is watching. “Everyone’s commitment to work effectively has been very encouraging,” said the director of tourism.

Puyat added that greenlane expansion in neighboring La Trinidad, Itogon, Sablan, Tuba, Tublay or BLISTT is also being used by LGUs.

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“With its vision of a green, peaceful, and family-friendly environment, we rely on the BLISTT Tourism Council to align itself with the DOT’s goal of sustainable tourism development. We are committed to supporting its efforts as we work with government agencies to plan and plan for this region. let it be opened, ”he said.

Puyat also mentioned some of the changes that are taking place in Baguio and includes the number of city care centers, the dedication of new trainees to a group that has already helped, and the creation of new tourist facilities at the CAP Conference Center.

“Another positive development could be due to the experimental trial of antigen testing, which is now in its infancy and has been able to develop a screening method for potential prospects. Since this method is cheaper than RT-PCR, the gold standard trial of COVID, allows the use of antigen, indeed welcomed by visitors, “added the chief of tourism.

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