Tourism alliance eyes 650,000 visitors

English: Mayon Volcano in Albay, Philippines

English: Mayon Volcano in Albay, Philippines (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Oliver Samson

LEGAZPI CITY—More than half a million foreign visitors are expected in five years by the newly formed Albay-Masbate-Sorsogon Tourism Alliance.

The cluster beefs up the Catanduanes-Camarines Sur-Camarines Norte Tourism Link.

Albay Gov. Joey Salceda said an agreement has been signed with Masbate Gov. Rizalina Seachon-Lanete and Sorsogon Gov. Raul Lee.

“I have initiated this strategic approach to accelerate tourism development and enhance the attractiveness of Bicol as a tourist destination,” said Salceda, chairman of the Bicol Regional Development Council.

He said the realignment will enable the Bicol peninsula to have a more coherent market positioning and promotion.

Salceda cited the need for infrastructure development to make the region fully accessible through the P3.6 billion Southern Luzon International Airport in Daraga, Albay to be finished in 2014; the Modernization of the South Railways under the DOTC with the South Central Station in Comun, Camalig, Albay and spur lines to Legazpi City and to Matnog, Sorsogon; the proposed four-lane Naga-Legazpi freeway to link CCTL with ALMASOR, the proposed P250 million Mayon International Convention Center; and, the P278 million Albay Sports Center in time for Albay’s hosting of the 2015 Palarong Pambansa.

(Published in the Manila Standard Today newspaper on /2012/May/19)

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