The Municipality of San Vicente is eyeing tourism bubble for tourists from Manila to boost its domestic tourism.
In a press conference held on October 1, San Vincente Mayor Amy Alvarez announced that they will begin a pilot flight with Sunlight Air with a 40 to 50 passenger target, that will cater to tourists from Manila to San Vincente on October 28 and November 1.
“Nag-pilot flight kame ng Sunlight Airlines, may Sunlight Resort dun sa Coron [at] may eroplano din sila. So gusto nila i-service din ang San Vincente, from manila to San Vicente so starting at the end of the month,” Alvarez revealed
Alvarez added as long as the quarantine qualification within Metro Manila is in favorable conditions, the planned bubble flight will push through.
“God willing na walang ‘yung [mataas na COVID-19 na] kaso sa Manila na hindi maging ECQ ulit or GCQ [para] matuloy ang bubble flight po natin dito,” Alvarez said.
Tourism Officer Lucy Panagsagan shared that the tourism bubble was approved by the Municipal Inter-Agency Task Force (MIATF)and follows the national guidelines since San Vicente is currently on a Modified General Community Quarantine (MGCQ) classification.
“Gusto din natin makabangon kaya inaprubahan po ng MIATF naming na mag-approve ng tourism bubble… meron na tayong mga guidelines tsaka protocol even before pa from time-to-time nagbabago lang, nagva-vary depende doon sa classification. Pero since si San Vicente ay MGCQ, sinusunod naman natin ang guidelines ng national,” Panagsagan said.
Data of San Vicente Tourism Office shows there are almost 1,000 displaced tourism workers and a total of 335 tourism establishments were affected by the pandemic in the town.
As of this writing, only 36 tourism-related establishments, such as accommodation with DOT accreditation – 16; Sea Tourist transport- 14; Restaurants – 2; Travel and tour – 2; Department Store – 1 and Recreational facility – 1, have been operating.