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DOT MEDIA RELEASE: Visit Samal 2011 Campaign Launched

DOT MEDIA RELEASE: Visit Samal 2011 Campaign Launched

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Philippines Department of Tourism (DOT) Media Release: Visit Samal 2011 Campaign Launched
Philippines Department of Tourism (DOT) Media Release: Visit Samal 2011 Campaign Launched

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April 2011
Visit Samal 2011 Campaign Launched
The Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS) in Davao, together with theDepartment of Tourism (DOT) Region XI, and the private sector-led SamalIsland Tourism Council launched recently the Visit Samal 2011 campaign atthe Holiday Ocean View Resort.The local government, led by Mayor Aniano Antalan, has declared themonths of March, April and May as Visit Samal Island months. The mainobjective of this is to increase visitors to the island during summer. Througha “Visit Samal Island Passport,” visitors may enjoy value-added promotionsfor the duration of the season from 28 resorts that are participating.DOT Region XI Director Art Boncato, Jr. said, “the Samal Island passport willbe made available to visitors arriving in our major ports. It captures ouraspirations for tourists to genuinely enjoy the beauty of the island.” It will begiven for free at the Davao International Airport, Davao malls, Manila andCebu airport info counters and tour operators.Undersecretary Maria Victoria V. Jasmin, who graced the event on behalf of the DOT, was quick to conclude that Samal Island may sooner or later enjoythe fame of being a successful ecotourism destination. “It takes more thanhaving good places of interest and activities to offer. A destination’ssustainability must have the right support environment which includeshaving a strategic plan, stable public private partnerships, well-maintainedinfrastructure and good leadership,” she said.Among the many natural wonders in the island, famous are the Coral Gardendive site, the Hagimit Falls, and Monfort Bat Cave, which holds the worldrecord for the highest concentration of fruit bats at 2.5 million in one cave.+++
Contact:EVELYN A. MACAYAYONGOffice of Tourism Information525-18-05
DOT Press Release – April 2011
Above: Dancers celebrate the launch of Visit Samal 2011 Campaign at Ocean View Resort. Below: Tourism Undersecretary Ma. Victoria Jasmin,together with Regional Director Art Boncato and other Samal Tourismstakeholders pose with the Miss Tourism Samal candidates right after theprogram & launch of the campaign. PHOTOS BY: Daryll Descallar 
DOT Press Release – April 2011
DOT Press Release – April 2011

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