No do-it-yourself tour in Bohol
By Helen Castano, J. Jala | 10:55 PM October 08, 2020
Bohol hopes to welcome tourists again as it plans to reopen its doors to visitors in November.
In a televised briefing on Thursday, Governor Arthur Yap said Bohol is eyeing to open a travel bubble in Panglao to closely monitor local tourists who will visit the island.
“What we’re going to do is open up Panglao first, possibly by November and mag-aaccredit tayo ng mga establishments doon. So we will open a bubble within a bubble,” Yap said.
Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat earlier explained that a travel bubble or travel corridor is a zone between territories that already demonstrated the capacity to control the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
Yap said tourists interested in going to Panglao Island should first register at their website to get a quick response (QR) code.
“With that QR code, you can now book your ticket. Pagdating mo dito, susunduin kayo, dadalhin kayo sa accredited hotel,” Yap explained.
Yap said tourists must also have a negative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test 48 hours before going to the island.
“Sa hotel, kung saan ka kakain, yung bibisitahin mo, lahat yun naka-plan. Wala pong do-it-yourself ngayon. Curated lahat at hinahanda ng mga tour operators para sa mga bisita,” Yap said.
Yap also said the local government is targeting group tourists to come to Panglao, saying they will be easier to monitor in terms of following health standards.
“Ang pinagiisipan namin, bubuksan lang namin ang Bohol sa events lang. Sa mga team-building, sa mga family reunions this coming Christmas, sa mga kasal. Destination packages ang gusto namin i-promote ngayon dahil sa tingin namin, mas mabilis i-manage,” Yap said.