Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Bohol, the model of Eco-Tourism in the Philippines

Joseph Ace Durano, Secretary at the Department of Tourism (DOT) of the Philippines stated this year: "Even at a time when eco-tourism was not crafted yet, the Boholanos were able to define it ..."
In Bohol, adventure tourism is in fact quite developed with river trekking, tyrolean traverse, rappelling, bouldering, rock and root climbing and even bungee jumping.
The idea there is to further develop on that: integrate all these in a big nature park, a former base camp of a revered Boholano hero, Francisco Dagohoy - while instilling in the tourist's thoughts the concepts of preserving nature, the natural landscape, the watershed, the forest ecosystem and the town's history and cultural heritage ...

On eco-tourism, Durano asserts that Danao Bohol's tourism direction is basically what the DOT's Turismo Mismo is all about. In Danao, the DOT brought Grass Roots Entrepreneurship and Employment in Tourism (GREET).

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