LAOAG CITY –The tourist triage in Ilocos Norte has temporarily stopped welcoming tourists from the National Capital Region (NCR) and its nearby provinces since March 22 until April 4 due to the alarming increase of the coronavirus disease cases, a tourism advisory from the Ilocos Norte government said.
The Ilocos Norte Tourism Office however said, that besides those coming from the NCR, Bulacan, Cavite Laguna, and Rizal, its pilgrim sites and other accredited new normal tourism sites and facilities will remain open for tourists.
“We must find ways to make travel possible and more convenient but safety must still be the core of our guidelines,” provincial tourism officer Aianree Raquel said.
To entice tourists, the Ilocos Norte Tourism initiated a month-long summer travel sale, though as of yesterday, Raquel reported that they have no confirmed tourist bookings for the Holy Week.
Raquel also expressed hope that the tourism industry will revive and recover slowly and responsibly, one guess at a time since the province is making efforts to build confidence in tourists so they'll travel again.
Lenten Season used to be the hit in terms of tourist arrivals with more than half-million recorded visitors in 2019.
One of the frequently visited tourist attractions there is the heritage churches and the picturesque scenic views such as the crystal clear beaches in Pagudpud, the windmill farms in Bangui, the Malacañang of the North in Paoay, and the Cape Bojeador lighthouse as well as the unique Kapurpurawan rocks formation in Burgos town.
The province is also promoting new normal attractions such as the newly-opened Chinese Garden in Suba as well as a free-diving activity in Badoc town, among others.
Source: Philippine News Agency (PNA)