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DOT7 kicks off new tourism ‘Farm-Fork-Fitness’ activities

PANGLAO, Bohol, June 16 (PIA) -- The industry respite caused by the cessation of activities during the pandemic may have derailed the tourism momentum, but on one hand, it allowed for more strategizing to diversify what Bohol can offer as the new normal picks up.

The Department of Tourism in Central Visayas (DOT7), along with tour operators and municipal and provincial tourism offices went back to the drawing board and ventured into the underutilized sector in tourism and has succeeded in kicking-off the FARMS7 and OUTDOOR7, along with DIVE7 as the new activities with accompanying established and validated circuits ready to serve tourists anytime.

During the Validation of new Farm-Fork-Fitness Circuits that pick on the outdoor adventure trails of Bohol, the DOT7 through Chief Tourism Operations Officer Gelena Asis-Dimpas said the region looked at a common activity that has a tourism potential across the region and saw trekking, kayaking, and trail biking as a means to develop new circuits.

The validation workshop which happened at South Palms on June 15-16 puts on board representatives from the tourism industry such as travel sellers, municipal and provincial tourism officers, service operators, and outdoor outfitters to check and validate the new tourism products that offer farm tourism experience, trekking, and other outdoor activities and trail biking which show communities, scenic views, and splendid trails. 

A continuing program of the DOT7, FARMS7 and OUTDOOR7 have been attracting visitors who want to spend quality time with their family and friends in the countryside and rural areas.

The project, which started before the pandemic, entailed mapping and documentation of potential and existing farm learning areas, wellness, and outdoor activities that revolve around the farms and established destinations.

Based on the "Farm-Fork-Fitness" concept, the identified and newly-validated tours contribute to the outdoor adventure tours in Bohol, Dimpas added.

During the validation, the DOT7 presented the results of the joint product audit and documentation of the DTO-LGU and private operators for the travel sector and participating stakeholders to check out for economic viability.

With the development, Bohol Association of Hotels, Resorts and Restaurants Chairman Rommel Gonzales of Modala Hotels was excited as this complements the hotel sector, which has seen a rise in occupancy lately.

With the full opening of Bohol to domestic and international tourists, DOT7 expects the decongestion of the traditional circuits as the new circuits could be new exciting products.

Provincial Tourism Council Chairman Atty. Lucas Nunag of Amarela Resort also said the new development opens to more investors the possibility of offering homestay programs that are within the new outdoor adventure circuits, creating a more inclusive development in rural areas.

He hopes that before this happens, the new investors can be guided as what they are offering is the authentic Boholano experience that is culturally relevant and that would certainly be a magnet for more tourists looking at this niche service. (RAHC/PIA7 Bohol)

Bohol's Green Thumb in Corella has become the premier mushroom farm here and opening up their farm to tourists has opened up more technologies for them to adopt, including water frying technologies, dehydrators, and the farm has tapped the Department of Science and Technology for these needs. (RAHC/PIA7 Bohol)

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Rey Anthony Chiu

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