DOT: ‘Keep tourism in check’
Ehda M. Dagooc (The Freeman) - June 26, 2019 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines — While the Department of Tourism (DOT) welcomed the new Surfing Academy attraction in Cebu, it reiterated its call to keep optimum balance in tourism.

DOT undersecretary for Tourism Development Planning Benito C. Bengzon Jr., said it is good for Bluewater Resorts Group to think of such attraction, as water sport activities are one of the priority products being pushed by the tourism administration under the leadership of secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.

However, Bengzon is reminding the management of Bluewater Resorts Group as well as the stakeholders in general to be mindful of the environment, as this another attraction would mean more visitors to the island.

Although, the environmental consciousness among stakeholders and communities in general have significantly increased, especially after the Boracay Island closure, it is imperative that responsible tourism should be sustained.

Last week, the Bluewater Resorts Group announced that it will open the “The Water Surf Academy” at the Bluewater Sumilon Island Resort tentatively by October this year.

Few years back, the DOT announced its move to develop surfing as a new attraction in the Philippines.

DOT has started at least two programs to develop the surfing sector. One is the push for classification and accreditation of resorts, surf camps and other facilities that provide surfing lessons to clients, and the other is the upgrade in certification of local surfing coaches.

Bluewater on the other hand, has already contracted the international certified paddling instructors of Lapu-Lapu Stand Up Paddle Club to conduct trainings in surfing. (FREEMAN)

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