Touting the Panglao island as a travel bubble, a travel circuit with low or zero incidences of COVID-19.
Bohol also boasts of an international airport, a coastal spotting system called Kalasag ni Dagohoy which monitors traffic in and out of the islands, and access to two COVID-testing facilities, including a new PCR testing laboratory in Tagbilaran City.
Panglao Island is also geared towards sustainable tourism, covering compliance with environmental standards, proper waste management and sewage treatment, reduced carbon footprint, and use of eco-friendly technology. Bohol has also rolled out contact-tracing cards which require QR code scanning at the point of entry for various locators. The companion app also facilitates airport arrivals; checking in and out of hotels and facilities; booking transportation, tours, and day trips; making reservations and even purchasing souvenirs.
In a speech, Governor Art Yap noted the evolution of tourism in the new normal.
“We lean towards slower tourism to make us appreciate the fragility, the beauty, and the interdependence of our ecosystem. And decisive tourism because there can be no doubt that we have to make a clear stand on sustainability, care, and the resiliency of our world,”
Most of the well-known Bohol travel experiences have already been recalibrated for compliance to the new normal, including the countryside tour, which includes the relaxing Loboc River cruise, the Bilar Man-made Forest with its lush green canopies, and the world-famous Chocolate Hills. Ocean lovers can go for Bohol’s famed sea tours: dolphin watching, island-hopping, and diving, which were already a major draw for tourism pre-pandemic.
PANGLAO ISLAND reopening tourism, and leading the way towards safe travel in the Philippines in the new normal, the island paradise of Panglao pilots its recalibrated tourism program as it plays host to the hybrid edition of Philippine Travel Exchange (PHITEX) 2020, organized by the Tourism Promotions Board.