By Rey Anthony Chiu | 03:27 PM July 31, 2022
Definitely this will be the first among the many, an official at the Bohol Tourism Office, speaking for Bohol Tourism Officer assures.
This as Bohol successfully closes the first Sandugo Travel and Tourism Expo, a three day Bohol travel fair organized by the Provincial Government through the BTO and sponsored by Air Asia, the Bellevue Resort and Standard Insurance.
We were working on a short time, but even then, we were able to put up a good one, Cristopher Boncales, speaking for Josephine Cabarrus and Joan Pinat, Operations Officer revealed.
The three day travel fair which run from July 27-29 had Local Government Units of Bohol, Anda and Loboc bringing out their tourism offers in travel fair set-ups at a mall in Tagbilaran City.
Also joining the first event locally organized event were the best in Bohol in terms of internationally branded service in accommodations, with Best Western Hotel (Ivy Wall), Parklane Hotel, Loboc River Resort and Modala Resort, United Cottages Operators of Pamilacan and South Palms in Panglao.
Also organized to present the Department of Tourism pushed Farm, Fork, Fitness themes in tourist travel, Bohol’s travel expo had Vita Isola, Green Thumb and Durban’s View in the Farm Tourism niche.
For the Outdoor experience, sellers of their activities include Sotera All-Terrain Vehicle Tours, Rio Verde, Danao Adventure Park and Kayakasia.
For the local tours and travels, presenting their services were Bohol Federation of Tour and Travel Operators (BOFETTO), Travel; Treats, Ramyer Travel and Tours, LV Transport and Dagohoy World Travels.
Actually, we did not expect to see this leveled up set-ups, Boncales candidly admitted, as they pre-agreed with the exhibitors, in the lack of material time, to just put up a table or booth and put in fliers of their services.
When KayakAsia and Green Thumb however put up decent and attractive set-ups, everyone else leveled up, he said.
We presented the project late and when we coordinated with ICM, we were told that the only slots left were those, he added, noting that they earlier proposed for a weekender travel expo knowing that crowds would be coming out on Saturdays and Sundays.
At any rate, we will be seriously planning for next year, making sure that there would be a huge turn-out of hotels, resorts and restaurants, tour and travel accommodations, home stays and activities, he said.
Despite the limited time to get everything ready, Green Thumb Farm owner Rona Denque heaped praises for the organizers for the event which marks her first public participation.
She also was happy she had the opportunity as she said she would be joining Bohol in the next Travel Expo in Manila.
This would be a good preparation for me as well as everyone who would wish to announce to the whole world that Bohol tourism is now back and much stronger and better than ever, Denque said. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)