Ilocos Sur focuses on cultural tourism to boost the economy, create more jobs

VIGAN CITY, Sept 1 (PIA) — The provincial government of Ilocos Sur will focus on cultural tourism that will preserve the rich and unique culture and traditions of the Ilocanos and to boost the growth of the industry that would provide productive employment opportunities.

Vice Governor Deogracias Victor Savellano said that a tourism package depicting the historical landmarks and traditional industries of the province will entice more tourists.

“If we can attract more foreign and local tourists especially visitors interested in history and preservation, then the tourism potentials of the province will be in the limelight especially the Heritage City of Vigan,” he said.

“It’s more fun in Ilocos Sur. Come and see. Feel the ambience,” Savellano said, adding that the Vigan Heritage Village, included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, is considered a national treasure that must be protected and preserved for the next generation.

Congressman Ryan Singson has urged foreign capitalists to invest in hotels and resorts in this first-class province because of its tourism and business potentials.

He also asked the Department of Transportation and Communications and Department of Public Works and Highways to help in the expansion and upgrading of the Vigan Airport, which will help in enticing more tourists to visit the province.

The Ilocano solon said that airport and seaport and other infrastructure projects are instrumental in attracting more foreign and local tourists to visit the historical landmarks, such as the “Balay Kastila” (Castillan homes) and the famous Sta. Maria Church and other scenic spots in the province.

“A robust tourism sector, which includes ‘One Town, One Product’ and trade fair, can fuel up the economy of Ilocos Sur so we can provide more jobs to our kababayan,” he said.

Governor Luis Singson, national chairman of the League of Provinces of the Philippines, reported that some foreign investors are interested in developing the Salomague port in the town of Cabugao, which forms part of the administration’s industrialization program to boost the economy and create more jobs. (ANL/BPP-PIA 1, Ilocos Sur)

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