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Presenting the Bohol Tourism's Campaign " 2015 Visit Bohol" Trade Fair at Glorietta Jan 10-12, 2014

In 2012, I solo backpacked Cebu for a few days hoping to drop by in Bohol. It never happened for a very long story. Up to now I still have this little regret why I was only a ferry ride away for about an hour but I never got to see Bohol. Last Friday, I am steps closer to spending a vacation there sometime soon when I joined the Bohol's newest tourism campaign ,"Visit Bohol 2015" spearheaded by the Province of Bohol. It is a year-round tourism campaign that aims to revitalize its image and entice more visitors to come to Bohol. Only good for three  days, the Bohol Travel Fair is held at Glorietta Activity Center in Makati City,  from the 9th until today until January 11, 2015.

Gov. Edgar Chatto, “Visit Bohol 2015” is really eager to make the province as a top-notch tourist destination with its amazing natural attractions and its friendly and honest people. “For years, Bohol has always been in the hearts of every Filipino, not only as an eco-cultural tourism landmark but as a home to a number of our country’s pride. As we felt how our kababayans share our grief during the devastating catastrophe that hit our province, we now feel the surge of support as we pave the road to recovery and come back in the tourism map. 

He added "With Visit Bohol 2015, expect a much better and bolder Bohol – ready to welcome all of you to our beautiful province. We invite you to visit and be awed not just by the wonderful sites Bohol has to offer, but also by the endearing graciousness, hospitality and trustworthiness of Boholanos,”.

 I remember how the super typhoon Ruby slammed parts of the country especially Bohol.My heart was really bleeding many heritage sites were destroyed. But after almost a year, the campaign would like to prove that no calamity can stop them and now is going full blast to invite people around the world to visit Bohol.

Bohol is known for its awe-inspiring “Chocolate Hills,” rustic and centuries-old churches in Baclayon and Loboc, the ever-lovable “tarsier,” and of course, the never-ending smiles and hospitable culture of its people. Aside from that, Bohol boasts of having some of the best white-sand beaches in the world like those in Panglao and Anda, and is fast gaining ground as a top eco-cultural tourism spot because of its numerous mystical cave sites, serene rivers, enchanting waterfalls and mangroves, spellbinding marine sanctuaries and diving sites, and adventure-oriented attractions.

“Our dream is to make Bohol a tourism superpower and top holiday destination. With the help of our partners and other significant stakeholders from the public and private sectors, we believe this is achievable,” adds Governor Chatto.

Other partners for “Visit Bohol 2015” include the United States Agency for International Development through its Advancing Philippine Competitiveness Project (USAID-COMPETE), the Department of Tourism (DOT), the United Nations-World Tourism Organization (UN-WTO) and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), plus local tourism businesses, Ms. Gloria Steele, USAID Mission Director for the Philippines, and DOT Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr., who is also one of the keynote speakers, are among the many dignitaries at the event.

For the Bohol Travel Fair, Bohol also partnered with AirAsia, the leading budget airline in the region, as its exclusive airline partner. AirAsia, awarded by Skytrax, the world’s most prestigious airline and airport review and ranking site, as the world’s Best Low-Cost Carrier for six consecutive years, offers unbelievable, year-round low fares for its Manila-Tagbilaran and Manila-Cebu flights to attract more visitors to the province.

Aside from the low seat prices, also up for grabs at the “Visit Bohol 2015” travel fair are at least 60 percent discount in accommodations, tour packages and other travel essentials, plus various indigenous Boholano products. To provide entertainment, travel fair visitors will be serenaded by the heavenly voices of the world-famous Loboc Children’s Choir, who will sing popular and classic music via a mini concert every night for the duration of the three-day event.

L-R: Mr. Reed Aeschliman (Deputy Mission Director, USAID Philippines); Hon. Rene L. Relampagos (Congressman 1st district. Chairman of the Committee on Tourism of the House of Representatives); Hon. Ramon R. Jimenez Jr. (DOT Secretary); Hon. Benjie Arcamo (Board Member of Provincial Govt of Bohol); Hon. Edgar M. Chatto (Governor of Bohol); Atty. Lucas M. Nunag (Bohol Provincial Tourism Council Chairman); Hon. Arthur Yap (Congressman 3rd District) ; Hon. John Geesnell Yap II (City Mayor of Tagbilaran).

Whew! Really just waiting to get official vl's for my work and I can't wait to plot where I will gonna be for the whole year on my free time. Bohol is certainly included in my list.

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