The Department of Tourism said an inter-regional tourism circuit in the MIMAROPA (Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan) and some parts of Bicol and Calabarzon regions is underway as part of the government's recovery plan for the tourism industry.
During the initial discussions Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat's two-day visit to Marinduque, she met with local leaders and stakeholders to prepare the province for its reopening for leisure travel and revealed its plan.
In the initial discussions among the regional offices of DOT, the identified provinces were Marinduque, Quezon, Laguna, and Albay. The agency said the "Center of FUN Tourism Circuit" would focus on farm, food, and faith tourism products, although no timeline has been provided.
The DOT also develops a tourism circuit for diving and marine sports on the island aside from farm and food tourism.
"As the results of our most recent travel survey have confirmed, the needs and expectations of tourists have evolved because of the pandemic. To address this, the DOT has been redeveloping tourism products and seeking out new experiences for travelers to enjoy in the new normal," Puyat said.
Dive tourism is one of the DOT's priority products identified in the Regional Tourism Development Plan.
In pursue of that, an exploratory dive assessment was conducted by the agency in Marinduque's Tres Reyes Island, a popular dive spot where the wreckage of sunken Chinese merchant vessels can be found, last October 2020.
The DOT has been searching for ways to support and restart the tourism sector safely ever since last year amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
Among the proposals is the travel circuit, which involves destinations with low or no cases of the Covid-19 disease.