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Hotels increasing in Naga; City gets ahead for summer, other tourism programs

By: Armie B. Gunay, CEPPIO

The Naga City Arts, Culture and Tourism Office (ACTO) noted an increase this year in the number of hotels and other accommodation establishments being constructed in the city, in which around half of the number are already accredited by the Department of Tourism (DOT) as they maintain observance of the regulations and national standards required by the government.

Mr. Alec Santos, ACTO Head, shared that the city started with 34 accommodation establishments in 2011 which grew into 80 at present— an increase of more than 50% in six years.

Among the accredited hotels include the CBD Plaza Hotel, Crown Hotel, The Carmen Hotel, Robinsons Hotel, and the still under construction Summit Hotels and Go Hotels.

Reports from the DOT cited Naga City as the city with the most number of accredited hotels in the entire Bicol region— an indicator of good economic status of the city enough to encourage investors to do business, as well as excellent quality of service the hotels and restaurants can offer their clients, especially tourists.

Mr. Santos shared that they in the city government are very supportive in boosting capability of the private stakeholders such as hotel establishments, resorts and transport groups among others, as they are the most common engagers of tourists in the city.

The Inter-Agency Joint Inspection Team dubbed as the Task Force Tourism started in 2012 is one of the office’s mechanisms in the city to ensure quality of service being rendered by private establishments for their clients— assuring sanitation, safety and security among others.

With the summer season coming in less than three months now, ACTO is currently working on necessary preparations to anticipate the visit of tourists in the city, among which includes the water safety and basic life support trainings for the tourist guides and lifeguards— to ensure safety also of tourists.

ACTO also intensifies campaign against abusive automobile drivers as they are one of the sectors that greatly impacts tourists’ impressions of the city.

Other concerns being resolved by the office includes the creation of alternate routes to tourist destination to facilitate easy access of visitors and the establishment of a tourism center to provide information guidance especially to lone travelers, as well as the city museum which will display city artifacts.

The office is also working for the promotions of art- related activities and the use of karetelas as a mode of transportation.

With the 10% rise in the number of tourist arrivals in 2017 from the 1.21M in 2016, ACTO is seeing still the increase of visitors coming in the city in the next years.

In an interview, Mr. Santos reiterated that along with the commercialism and the many man-made attractions, the culture of the Nagueños is what truly makes up the tourism of Naga City— its food, beliefs, and festivities— the one aspect that truly attracts tourists in the city.

  • January 12th 2018
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Naga hosts 2 national summits for agriculturists and librarians

AGRICULTURISTS from all parts of the country came to this city last July 17 for the 5th National Congress and 2017 Philippine Agriculturists Summit at Villa Caceres Hotel here, with Sen. Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Food and Agriculture, as guest of honor and speaker.

Naga City Mayor John G. Bongat welcomed the participants who tackled during the whole day summit the theme, “Enhancing the agriculture profession towards a resilient and sustainable agriculture in the global economy.”

President Arthur R. Baria of the Philippine Association of Agriculturists, Inc. said the summit aimed to provide its members the venue to discuss issues and updates on the agriculture profession, as well as cross-cutting technologies on resilience and sustainability to increase food security, competitiveness and product safety in the light of the ASEAN regional integration.

  • July 19th 2017
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TourismO Ateneo spearheads tourism and economic forum

By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay
Philippine Information Agency

NAGA CITY — With the provinces of Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte tourist spots’ rising popularity as great get-away destinations, their dominions are likely to get more share of traveler’s arrival in the upcoming years, especially with the realization of an envisioned upgraded airport.

This was the essence of the Airport Forum spearheaded by TourismO Ateneo, the student body of Tourism majors of the Ateneo De Naga University under the Department of Allied Business Courses of the College of Business and Accountancy, together with Tourismo Para sa Cam Sur Movement spearheaded by its President, Gabriel Fortunato V. Eufracio.

In his discourse, Eufracio highlighted the need for an upgraded airport, putting prominence on the priorities of tourists whenever they pick a place or a destination to visit.

“An upgraded airport will attract more tourists under their accessibility option. A great number of tourists would translate to greater economic and tourism growth to the Camarines provinces and will bring in massive livelihood opportunities to the locale.”

  • March 12th 2015
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