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DOT-9 invites tourists as ZamPen opens more destinations

ZAMBOANGA CITY, June 27 (PIA) – The Department of Tourism 9 (DOT-9) gradually opens new tourism activities to promote Zamboanga Peninsula in the ‘new normal’ tourism experience.

More resorts, beaches and hotels in ZamPen are opening its doors again for domestic and foreign tourists.

“We have more than 200 destinations across the region that is now serving both our domestic and foreign tourist, hopefully we will pick up, with the alert level classifications downgraded and with the eradication of the virus,” Giselle Machutes, DOT-9 Supervising Tourism Operations Officer said.

DOT-9 reported that the rate of the number of tourists recorded first quarter of this year have increased to about 30 percent compared last year. DOT also said that within 2 to 3 years the tourism will have a complete recovery after the pandemic since the tourism in ZamPen is gradually picking up and things are getting back to normal.

Moreover, with the opening up again of the tourism industry in the region, DOT-9 is now looking at developing more activities, tourism products and services; collaborating with ZamBaSulta region to create more tourism products for Mindanao.

Aside from that, they will be starting with the enhancement of the five-year Regional Tourism Development Plan and the conduct of more training programs for stakeholders and tourism establishments.

DOT-9 still reminds the tourist to strictly follow the minimum public health standards and safety protocols. However, DOT assured that accredited establishments are compliant with the minimum health and safety protocols, and are also compliant with the guidelines issued by Department of Health and the National Inter-Agency Task Force.

“We would like to invite everyone to come and visit ZamPen, we assure safety to tourists and experience the diverse culture of ZamPen,” Matchutes added. (RVC/EDT/MLE/OOJ/PIA9-Zamboanga City)

About the Author

Myra Cel Espinosa

Information Officer II

Region 9

Myra Espinosa is an Information Officer of the Philippine Information Agency Region IX.  She writes news and feature stories on issues concerning COVID-19 for the agency's website and social media platforms. She is currently the program host of Kapihan na Zamboanga Public Briefing, as well as a news contributor for PTV News. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration Major in Organization and Management from Western Mindanao State University.

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