Cebu Capitol to launch own ‘online travel booking’ portal amid new normal

On July 13, Governor Gwendolyn Garcia met with the officials from the tourism, health, and trade industries for a collaborative effort to come up with a response, but realistic plan.

To ensure everyone’s safety amid facing the new normal of tourism, an online booking portal is soon to be made available for Cebu Province’s tourism packages.

The tourism sector of Cebu Province has long been preparing to re-open the industry. Hence, a safe and smooth implementation of public health protocols must be observed through cashless transactions.

Cebu Capitol online travel booking
Photo by Lito Tecson via Sugbo News

Garcia said that to ensure for an organized implementation of the tourism activities, everyone should adhere to the guidelines.

Garcia said a task force composed of the Department of Tourism (DOT), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), and the Province of Cebu will be formed once the Executive Order is signed “so there will be check and balance.”

“We are now trying to have an online booking para ma-control (ang influx sa tourists) and monitoring would be easier for the task force,” Provincial Tourism Officer Marti Ybañez said in a separate interview.

The One Cebu Tourism Portal will contain all of the activities offered by the Cebu Province;

  • Whaleshark Watching
  • Trekking
  • Canyoneering
  • Sardine Run
  • Turtle Watching
    Among other tourist activities which guests can enjoy.

The portal’s concept is for guests to choose what tourism activity they will want and then pay directly online.

Meanwhile, Garcia and members of the task force will be visiting the tourism sites in the south like Oslob, Moalboal, Badian and Alegria on July 15-16, 2020 to get the stakeholders’ inputs on the tourism plan.



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