Thursday, 7 May 2009

Philippine tourism braces for the ‘big catch’

Business Mirror

THE Department of Tourism (DOT) and the First District of Surigao del Norte are cohosting this year’s Invitational Game Fishing Tournament in Siargao today (Thursday).

Tourism Secretary joseph Ace Durano will open the landmark event with President Arroyo, along with Rep. Francisco Matugas of the First District of Surigao. Local and foreign dignitaries are also expected to grace the event.

“With our specialized tourism activities, the country is ready to be positioned as a significant game-fishing venue. Blessed with a prime location, the Philippines is ready to welcome enthusiasts of this unique sport,” said Durano.

Considered as a form of recreational fishing as well as a legitimate sport, game fishing targets to catch the largest bony fish in the open sea, a timely initiative as the country’s tourism industry continues to go for niche marketing to get a “big catch” of arrivals for 2009.

“Domestic travel is a key component in the country. We continually encourage activity in local communities, and with events like this enjoining both local and international delegates, we are assured that tourism growth is on a very solid foundation,” said Durano.

The scenic coastal town of Pilar in Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte is host to the second edition of the tournament, which drew participants from Australia, Canada, Malaysia, Russia, Taiwan and the United States.

“This will certainly boost Surigao’s tourism industry, which is also known as a surfing destination. Breathtaking views of coastlines and sunsets and a wide array of activities continue to captivate travelers the world over,” said Undersecretary for Tourism Planning and Promotions Eduardo Jarque Jr.

1 comment:

  1. Its a wonder why the Philippines has not yet been promoted more as a gamefishing destination. With thousands of islands and rich fishing grounds, big - time gamefishers would find our country a destination of choice.

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