DOT welcomes reopening of Ilocos Norte to Luzon vacationers on Oct 15

Ilocos Norte welcomes tourists from Luzon again from October 15th

M.Anila, Philippines – Ilocos Norte, known for a variety of attractions including panoramic ocean views, a stunning wind farm, baroque architecture, and sand dune adventure, opens its doors to more tourists from the rest of Luzon on October 15th.

Paoay Church in Ilocos Norte by Brynht via Wikipedia CC

We are delighted with Governor Manotoc’s decision to finally welcome visitors from Luzon to Ilocos Norte, also from areas that are still in general community quarantine (GCQ). The province’s success in tackling the number of COVID-19 cases, not to mention a range of cultural sites, natural attractions, and fun activities, makes it really worth it for people looking for a cure for their cabin fever

Bernadette Romulo-Puyat

DOT secretary

To help Ilocos Norte effectively monitor the movement of its original target number of 50 tourists per day, the tourism chief announced that the DOT will implement a visitor management system in the province similar to the visitor information and travel assistance platform, or VIS.ITA, Baguio City via the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB).

“With the pandemic and virus still among us, the DOT realizes the importance of harnessing the full potential of digital or ‘contactless’ technology to avoid broadcasts when domestic tourism reopens. If a COVID-19 positive tourist manages to enter one of the country’s tourism destinations, contact tracing needs to be quick and seamless, ”said Puyat.

Paoay sand dunes in Laoag Ilocos Norte (Photo by Ilocos Norte)Paoay sand dunes in Laoag Ilocos Norte (Photo by Ilocos Norte)

The DOT will continue to assist the provincial government by ensuring that required health and safety protocols are strictly adhered to at tourist attractions, hotels, and other tourist establishments that wish to welcome tourists from Luzon.

“To date, the DOT has issued a total of 208 hotels and resorts in Ilocos Norte with power of attorney. These facilities are regularly checked for compliance with health and safety standards through our regional office, ”explained Puyat.

Meanwhile, the tourism chief also reminded tourists to visit the province in order to respect and follow the province’s protocols for travelers. “Remember to test before you travel. A negative RT-PCR result is required within 48 hours prior to entering the region. We strongly recommend travelers to stay at home as a precaution from the time they take the required RT-PCR test until the travel plan. Wear your masks, face protection, and practice physical distancing in public, ”said Puyat.

Garlic and vinegar shop on the Ilocos Norte HighwayGarlic and vinegar shop on the Ilocos Norte Highway

“The success of the various tourism corridor plans being studied across the country depends heavily on the synergies between government, the private sector, tourists and residents. The sooner we do this locally, the sooner we can hope to implement a similar strategy with other countries with low or no COVID-19 cases, ”she said.

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