Governor Gwen Garcia convened the resort operators and tourism officers and other stakeholders from the four local government units in the Camotes Group of Islands on Saturday, March 25 to prepare for the upcoming Suroy-Suroy Sugbo - Enchanting Camotes and to ensure the smooth conduct of the tourism caravan.
Around 350 guests have signed up for the package which includes local and foreign tourists.
Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia- Frasco herself will be joining, leading the 12 regional directors of the Department of Tourism as part of their benchmarking activity.
Senator Robin Padilla and Deputy Speaker and fifth District Congressman Duke Frasco, and several officials will also join the Suroy-Suroy.
``The future is bright for Camotes Tourism,`` Gov. Garcia said during the meeting with tourism stakeholders in Camotes Island.
The tourism officers of the four LGUs gave an update on what they have prepared and the readiness of their respective venues. The governor reminded each local government unit to prepare Cebuano food and to uniquely showcase the enriched Cebuano culture and masterpieces.
Resort operators were carefully reminded to give world-class service to the guests, as well as clean and comfortable rooms and amenities.
Because of Senator Padilla`s interest in history, Governor Garcia suggested a special trip for him to Sitio Mactang, Barangay Esperanza in the town of Poro, where artifacts of a battle between the Spaniards and the local natives were found that suggests this could be where the battle of Magellan happened.
Suroy-Suroy Sugbo - Enchanting Camotes is scheduled from April 15 to 16, which will kick off in the island town of Pilar. The delegation will then cross to San Francisco for an overnight stay. The next day, the tour will start in Tudela and will finish in the town of Poro. | Babie Jane Revecoy