Magpale: Chinese tourists to keep to go to Cebu
MORE Chinese tourists are anticipated to go to Cebu.
Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale said this after she met with Chinese Consul General Shi Yong, who informed her that Chinese arrivals have been increasing, amid the spate of killings that recently happened in Cebu province.
“So wala may advisory far, he then (Shi) said adventurous man daw ang Chinese (Up to now there have been no travel advisory and he (Shi) said that the Chinese are adventurous people),” said Magpale, co-chairperson of the committee on Tourism, on Thursday within an interview.
She said that the upsurge in the Chinese tourist arrivals have been felt in Cebu and they had moved up because they were behind the Koreans, who remained the most notable foreign visitors here still.
Cebu Provincial Tourism Officer Joselito “Boboi” Costas earlier said that tourists arrival had risen to at the very least 17 percent from 2016 to 2017.
“Each year we have been always growing from that figure,” Costas said.
Last, the Chinese Consulate of Cebu turned over their donated ambulance to the neighborhood government of Oslob.
According to Shi, the real amount of Chinese tourists in Region 7 reach to 430,000 in 2017, four times greater than in 2015.
“The improvement and growth of the China-Philippines relations enjoys the support of the social people and serves their well-being,” Shi said in his speech.
He also earlier said that that Chinese tourist arrivals in your community would continue steadily to grow and he was confident that Cebu stayed safe for Chinese tourists.
“Actually we now have an excellent communication with the regional police department and there’s not been any attack on any Chinese tourists,” said Shi.
The Consul General said that going back two years, reports on crimes on Chinese tourists have been limited by small time pickpocketing and thievery.
“I am hoping that the national government can control these killing incidents, and I am hoping it shall not affect the tourism in Cebu,” said Shi.
Aside from that, Shi also said they had conducted programs between your municipality in Oslob, such as for example adding warning direction and signs boards with Oriental translations on these signs.
Magpale, on her behalf part, said they might require the PTO (Provincial Tourism Office) to conduct random drug testing to local guides and establish tourism information center.
“These successful programs set a good foundation for the longterm cooperation,” Shi added.
One other program that the Magpale would push is always to are the Anti-Sex Tourism ordinance in the tourism code, which may protect children from sex perpetrators.
“They can not take pictures on children if they’re not relatives,” Magpale said.
She also cited they would provide trainings on disaster risk management to create tourism officers competent to react to emergencies.
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